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MLB is averaging 30,231 fans per game heading into the final month of the season, slightly down from the same period a year ago. Among AL clubs, average attendance is off 1.5%, with 11 of 14 teams down at home to date. The Indians are seeing the sharpest drop at home among all MLB clubs, down 22.4% at Progressive Field. During the inaugural season of Target Field, Twins home attendance has jumped an MLB-best 37.1%. Despite a slight decline in attendance for the Red Sox, Fenway Park continues to be filled at 100.8% capacity for each home game. Listed below is team-by-team home attendance for AL clubs, with comparisons to the same period in '09. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for NL figures (THE DAILY).MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE THROUGH AUGUST 31HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS
Twins*632,504,20939,749100.6%28,99037.1%67 Red Sox662,482,97637,621100.8%37,845-0.6%66 Tigers682,095,06330,81074.7%31,961-3.6%64 Rangers692,062,16729,88660.8%27,8387.4%65 White Sox651,777,91127,35267.3%28,633-4.5%65 Mariners661,787,51927,08456.6%27,777-2.5%67 Rays681,550,00722,79463.2%24,169-5.7%63 Blue Jays**651,372,47221,11543.2%23,905-11.7%66 Orioles661,387,71321,02643.5%24,365-13.7%66 Royals631,289,92820,47554.1%23,143-11.5%66 A's651,162,82117,89051.0%18,211-1.8%64 Indians671,162,32517,34838.1%22,366-22.4%63 AL TOTALS92326,337,39728,53566.2%28,974-1.5%912 MLB TOTALS1,97759,765,82830,23169.6%30,509-0.9%1,956
NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games and may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = The Twins are playing in the new Target Field this season, having relocated from the Metrodome after the '09 season. ** = Includes three designated Blue Jays home games vs. the Phillies played in Philadelphia in June due to G20 Summit held in Toronto.