Record Citi Field crowd watches Yankees beat Mets 5-1

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The Yankees jumped out on top 3-0 in the first and held on from there to beat the Mets 5-1 in front of a record Citi Field crowd of 42,020 on Friday night.

The Bombers got their first two runs off lefty Jon Niese before an out was recorded, as Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson singled to start the game and Mark Teixeira doubled them in.  Teixeira later came around to score on a Robinson Cano double.

The Mets replied with one run in the bottom of the second, but that was the end of the scoring while the starting pitchers were in.  Ivan Nova allowed one run over five innings, and Niese gave up three runs in six innings.

After the bullpens took over, the Mets tried to rally.  Jose Reyes reached on an infield single to start the seventh and tagged up to go to second on Justin Turner’s fly to center.  When the throw eluded Eduardo Nunez, he took off for third, and it looked like he got in under Alex Rodriguez’s tag.  However, Jerry Layne called him out, leading to an argument with Reyes and the ejection of Mets manager Terry Collins.

The Yankees added to their lead from there.  Eduardo Nunez, polishing off a 4-for-4 game, singled in Russell Martin in the eighth, and Rodriguez doubled in Granderson in the ninth.

The victory was the Yankees’ season-high sixth in a row.  They improved to 3-1 versus the Mets this season.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.