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Ratings for All-Star Game go down again

Associated Press / July 14, 2011

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The All-Star Game in Phoenix drew a record-low rating for the second straight year.

The National League’s 5-1 win over the American League Tuesday night on Fox earned a 6.9 rating and 12 share. That’s down 8 percent from the 7.5/13 in 2010.

Before last year, the previous low was an 8.1/14 in 2005.

Committee named The parents of a Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day this year have been named to the official creditors committee in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case.

Elizabeth Ann Stow and David Stow sued the Dodgers after their son, Bryan, was beaten and left in critical condition with head injuries. They were appointed to the creditors committee yesterday as conservators on his behalf.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in Delaware last month, blaming a cash-flow crisis on Major League Baseball’s refusal to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the franchise afloat.

Garcia signs extension The Cardinals signed lefthander Jaime Garcia to a four-year contract extension with club options for a fifth and sixth season. The 25-year-old Garcia leads the team in victories at the break, going 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA, and was due to be eligible for arbitration after the season . . . The Indians placed struggling starter Mitch Talbot on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. The righthander is just 2-6 with a 6.33 ERA in 11 starts . . . Yankees righthander Mark Prior is back pitching after missing almost three months because of a strained groin. He allowed an unearned run and one hit over two innings for the Gulf Coast League Yankees against Atlanta minor leaguers. Also, Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano threw 25 pitches during his second batting practice session since going on the disabled list May 17 because of right elbow inflammation . . . According to a New York Times report, Major League Baseball officials said they have received copies of medical records for a novel stem cell procedure that Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon underwent in the Dominican Republic last year to help his ailing shoulder and elbow. The documents were turned over Tuesday, said a spokesman, finally in baseball’s possession 63 days after MLB said it would investigate to make sure Colon had not benefited from banned substances as part of his treatment.

GMs explain trade Adding Francisco Rodriguez in a trade late Tuesday night with the Mets left the Brewers with a pair of potential closers. And Brewers GM Doug Melvin said both Rodriguez and current closer John Axford will get chances to finish games as the team makes a push for the playoffs. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the trade is not a sign of his team giving up. The Mets, who are third in the NL East and 7 1/2 games behind the Braves for the wild card, sent the closer and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named. Alderson says the Mets made the deal because they could get more now than closer to the July 31 deadline.

Good deed rewarded The fan who returned Derek Jeter’s ball from his 3,000th hit will get a bit more memorabilia to keep - his own baseball card. Topps says it will produce a trading card featuring Christian Lopez that will be included in sets later this year. Lopez also is getting help paying student loans and possible tax bills. Lopez received roughly $70,000 in tickets and merchandise from the team, gifts that may be taxed by the IRS. He said that has $150,000 in college loans to repay in addition to potential taxes, which could be as high as $14,000. Modell’s Sporting Goods, one of the Yankees’ chief sponsors, and Steiner Sports Marketing Inc. each guaranteed $25,000 toward the elimination of Lopez’s debts, and there also will be a memorabilia auction from which some proceeds will be contributed to Lopez.

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