MLB hypes another big attendance weekend

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Last weekend’s interleague series drew a total of 1,626,347 fans over three days, MLB.com reports.  It marked the first time since July 2008 that the league has enjoyed consecutive weekends of greater than 1.625 million attendance.

Through 168 interleague games this year, the average attendance has been 34,118, a full 20 percent higher than the 28,372 average during intraleague play.

With the Red Sox in town, the Pirates set new PNC Park-highs for attendance on both Saturday (39,483) and Sunday (39,511), as well as a new high for a three-game series (118, 324).

The Phillies also had their highest-attended three-game series, with 137,333 checking out the games against the A’s.

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.