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Red Sox-Yankees provide ratings boost for TBS

Red Sox-Yankees provide ratings boost for TBS

The Red Sox clinching Game 4 victory over the Yankees was the most-watched program on cable Tuesday night and the most-watched Division Series game on TBS since 2007, the network said.

The game had an average viewership of 7.1 million and peaked at 8.5 million from 11:15 to 11:30 p.m. In Boston, the Game 4 telecast did a 23.9 rating, the highest-rated LDS game on any network in the market since 2008.

Nationally, viewership for TBS baseball postseason coverage is up 40 percent over 2016 - the last time the network had the ALDS - and 13 percent over last year's NLDS, which included a decisive Cubs-Nationals Game 5.

The NFL still has a significant edge over postseason baseball nationally. Red Sox-Yankees Game 3 on Monday night drew a 3.4 rating nationally for TBS but was outdone by the Saints-Redskins "Monday Night Football" telecast on ESPN at 7.3. The Red Sox and Patriots will go head to head for ratings Sunday night when the Sox host Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on TBS just after 7 p.m. before the Patriots host the Chiefs on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" at 8:20. 

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MLB Rumors: Yankees, Reds finalizing Sonny Gray trade

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MLB Rumors: Yankees, Reds finalizing Sonny Gray trade

The New York Yankees continue to stay active as the 2019 season approaches.

The Yankees are finalizing a trade with the Cincinnati Reds involving starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The Reds reportedly will send 23-year-old infield prospect Shed Long to New York in a return package.

Gray had an uninspiring tenure in New York, posting an 11-9 record and a 4.90 ERA last season as a back-end starter. The 29-year-old likely would have been the Yankees sixth starter in 2019, so it appears they're trying to get value for him now rather than let him walk in free agency.

The Boston Red Sox will be sad to see Gray leave the American League East; they lit up the right-hander for 12 runs on 15 hits over just 7 1/3 innings in 2018.

New York reportedly also has its eye on Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, but Heyman doesn't see a blockbuster trade happening anytime soon.

It's been a busy week for the Yankees, who bolstered their bullpen Thursday by reportedly adding free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino. The Boston Red Sox had targeted Ottavino, as well, but New York clearly has serious plans to upgrade its roster its nemesis ended its 100-win season in the 2018 American League Division Series.

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Chris Sale has watched World Series final out "couple hundred thousand times"

Chris Sale has watched World Series final out "couple hundred thousand times"

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Chris Sale is you and you are Chris Sale.

He may even have rewatched the final out of the 2018 World Series more times than you.

"I've watched it maybe a couple hundred thousand times,” Sale said Saturday at Winter Weekend. “It never gets old. Those last, even just watching kind of the highlights from the entire series, it's really special. It's cool. I've worked my entire life and we as a team worked from Day 1 of spring training to get there. And we got it. It was everything you can dream of.”

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Sale was happy to go down memory lane back to Game 5 of the World Series in Los Angeles. 

“Those were the funnest three outs I've ever gotten,” Sale said. “Being able to come back and share that with the fans obviously, with the parade, but even this weekend here, it's going to be special.

"It's like, all right, you got [a lead of] four runs and three outs to get: Don't trip and don't mess it up. It was really special though. I look at the video, I see a couple still shots of guys in the bullpen [cheering] and it'll give you chills. Like I said, it was the funnest three outs I've ever gotten, and the lead up to that wasn't any less. Plus, warming up in Dodgers Stadium is not the easiest thing to do. So it was awesome. I enjoyed it. Hopefully, we get to do the same thing this year.”

Sale, who says he’s healthy now, has long been adamant that winning was his only goal. Now that he has a championship, his outlook hasn’t changed, unsurprisingly.

“Instead of winning a World Series, I want to win another one,” Sale said. “Nothing changes. My wife asked me that same question: ‘You work your entire life to achieve this goal so what do you do once you achieve it?’ [Shoot], you do it again. It’s why we sign up. You win once and you want to keep winning, and when you don’t win, all you want to do is win. Our goal is to continue to keep winning games and win a couple of those trophies.”

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