Ivan Nova’s shutout marks the 21st consecutive winning season for the Yankees

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Yankees starter Ivan Nova held the Giants scoreless over nine fantastic innings of work this afternoon. The right-hander surrendered just six hits and a walk while striking out seven. In fact, the Giants never had a runner reach third base and had a runner reach second only twice. The offense gave Nova six runs of support, scoring three times in the third, twice in the fourth, and once in the sixth. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong was on the hook for five of the six runs, bumping his ERA up to 5.90.

The win pushes the Yankees to 82-73, meaning they will finish the season with a winning record for the 21st consecutive season. In 1992, they finished 76-86.

As it pertains to the AL Wild Card, the Yankees temporarily move into a tie with the Royals, both 2.5 games behind the Indians for the second Wild Card. The Rangers enter tonight’s action a half-game out of it.

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.