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MLB Franchise Notes: Pirates Discounting Tix For Runs Scored

Pirates Tying Ticket Discount To Number
Of Runs Scored During Four-Game Series
The Pirates for every run they score in their four-game series against the Cardinals beginning Friday at Busch Stadium will discount $1 off a $24 outfield seat for next Wednesday's Astros-Pirates game. If the team scores 24 or more runs over the four games, the seats "will be free to the first takers" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/30).

MARINERS: In Seattle, Jose Miguel Romero reports Mariners jerseys for Saturday's home game against the Tigers will read "Marineros," the Spanish translation of the team's name. It will mark the first time the Mariners have worn the jerseys and is the "most prominent gesture of all the team's previous yearly salutes to Latin America 'beisbol.'" The first 25,000 fans at the game will get a commemorative "Marineros" baseball cap (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/30).

ATTENDANCE NOTES: In N.Y., Filip Bondy wrote the announced attendance at recent Mets games were "dreamy fabrications." Bondy: "I know that these are supposed to be ticket sales numbers. But the Mets would require a 40% no-show rate to make this believable, and their crowd is working class." While Monday's and Tuesday's games drew announced crowds of 51,489 and 47,093, respectively, Bondy wrote there were "no more than 35,000 fans in the park on Monday, and no more than 25,000 on Tuesday" (, 5/28)....Entering Wednesday's Rockies-Phillies game, the Phillies ranked fifth in the NL in attendance with 1,019,966 fans, an average crowd of 39,229 per game at Citizens Bank Park. The team has drawn 10 sellouts this season and 18 of 26 home games have drawn crowds of at least 35,000 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/29).

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