NEW YORK — The baseball All-Star Game drew a record-low television rating for the second straight year.
The American League's 4-2 victory over the NL in San Diego on Tuesday night got a 5.4 rating on Fox. The previous low was 6.6 last year for the game in Cincinnati.
Fox said Wednesday that the game drew a 10 share and 8.7 million viewers. Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program, the share is the percentage of households watching among TVs in use at the time.
Baseball remains the most-watched all-star game of the four major North American pro sports. Fox said Tuesday's game was its highest-rated telecast of the summer season.
FERNANDEZ-ORTIZ: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez, a former Alonso High standout, said he tried to groove a fastball to David Ortiz as promised so Ortiz could homer in the All-Star Game but missed with his first pitch (Ortiz jokingly complained about getting a changeup, Fernandez said it was an 80 mph fastball meant to be hit hard). After that, Fernandez said, he tried to get Ortiz out, and ended up walking him.
SONG CONTROVERSY: Remigio Pereira, a member of a Canadian quartet who changed a lyric in his country's national anthem to say "all lives matter'' and held up a sign with the same message at the All-Star Game, is for now no longer with the group. The Tenors blamed the changes on Pereira and called his actions "disrespectful" and "shameful."
HAMELS MISHAP: Rangers LHP Cole Hamels pitched a scoreless third inning in the All-Star Game after getting eight stitches in his chin. Hamels reportedly tripped coming out of the bathroom at 5 a.m. Tuesday. In other Rangers news, RHP Yu Darvish (shoulder soreness) is scheduled to come off the DL Saturday and start at the Cubs.
tigers: OF Anthony Gose was demoted to Double-A Erie after an altercation with Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon on Saturday.