Game 7 of the 2014 World Series was the second-most watched MLB game since 2004

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The early television ratings for this year’s World Series were pretty low, but the Giants and Royals ended up going the distance and we witnessed a very compelling Game 7 last night. It turns out that a lot of folks tuned in to see what the fuss was all about:

Dating back to 2004, only Game 7 of the 2011 World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers was higher (25.4) than last night’s Game 7.

Not surprisingly, the rating in Kansas City was incredibly high. They scored a 58.3 local rating, which is the third-highest for any market for any game since numbers began being tracked. Only Phoenix for Game 7 of the World Series in 2001 (62.3) and Boston for Game 4 of the World Series in 2004 (59) were higher. As for San Francisco, it scored a 38.8 local rating, the best for any game in the city since Game 7 of the World Series in 2002. So basically, casual fans dig the juice attached to a Game 7 and the game is very healthy on a local level. Neither outcomes are surprising, but it’s nice to see.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.