MLB Network broadcast of NLDS Game 2 between Dodgers and Cardinals set a ratings record

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A little drama is good for business. Via a Major League Baseball press release

Secaucus, N.J., October 5, 2014 – MLB Network’s exclusive coverage of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Game 2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night set records as the most-watched and highest-rated program in the network’s history. MLB Network’s game telecast, which began at 9:30 p.m. ET, drew 1.8 million viewers and a 1.7 coverage rating, marking increases of 38% and 31% over the previous highs for its telecast of the 2012 ALDS Game Two between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics. Last night’s game viewership peaked with 2.2 million viewers from 12:45-1:00 a.m. ET.

It helps, of course, that one of the teams plays in the second-biggest market in the U.S. and that the other team has a fanbase that extends across the Midwest. Game 3 is on FOX Sports 1 Monday at 9:07 p.m. ET.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.