NEW YORK – Derek Jeter’s final All-Star appearance has helped boost television ratings for the game.
The American League’s 5-3 win Tuesday in Minneapolis averaged more than 11.3 million viewers on Fox, up from 11 million for last year’s game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York. The rating was up 9 percent for the first full half-hour, when the retiring Yankees shortstop first stepped to the plate.
The network said Wednesday that the 7.0 fast national rating was the highest since 2010. The 2012 edition set a record low with a 6.8.
Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program.
Royals trade for help in bullpen
Kansas City got some relief help, acquiring veteran reliever Jason Frasor from Texas for Triple-A right-hander Spencer Patton.
The trade was made the same day Patton was scheduled to participate in the Triple-A All-Star game. The Rangers will assign him to Triple-A Round Rock.
Frasor was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season, his second in Texas. The right-hander spent nine seasons with Toronto (2004-12), returning to the Blue Jays after being traded to the White Sox in July 2011 and finishing that season in Chicago.
In 624 major league games, Frasor is 31-35 with 36 saves and a 3.65 ERA.
The injury-plagued Rangers (38-57) went into the All-Star break with the worst record in the major leagues. They were 21 games behind AL West-leading Oakland.
Kansas City (48-46) is second in the AL Central, 6 1/2 games behind Detroit.
Patton is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves in 34 relief appearances for Triple-A Omaha this season. He has 60 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .161 batting average.
To make room on their roster, the Royals optioned Louis Coleman to Omaha and designated utility player Jimmy Paredes for assignment.
Texas will fill Frasor’s spot on its 25-man roster before playing Friday at Toronto.
Japan may enact pitching limits
Japan’s High School Baseball Federation is considering introducing measures such as a tiebreaker and pitch counts limits in order to protect the health of the country’s future stars.
New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, was a standout in Japanese high school baseball. He led his high school team to a championship in 2005.
New York Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, gained notoriety for throwing 250 pitches in 17 innings at the summer high school tournament in 1988 after a 148-pitch complete-game shutout the previous day.
Tomohiro Anraku, who experienced pain in his right elbow last year, is no stranger to the type of marathon pitching performances that are legendary in Japanese high school baseball.
In 2013, Anraku threw 183 pitches in one game at the Koshien high school baseball tournament after a 137-pitch outing the previous day.