A lot of people in Pittsburgh were watching the game last night

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The ratings from last night’s Red-Pirates game are in and they’re pretty darn good. It drew a 33.7 rating in the Pittsburgh market, which is the highest rating for any baseball game since Nielsen has been measuring the local market. Viva pent-up demand, I guess.

Nationally the game did a 3.4 rating, which is up 3% from last year’s NL Wild Card game. A big part of this, one can assume, was that it took place mid-week and was the only game on last night whereas last year’s Wild Card games took place in the form of a Friday night doubleheader.

The biggest takeaway here, though, is what I’ve been saying for a long time: baseball is local.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.