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2011 Interleague average attendance up 18.2 percent over intraleague07/05/2011 1:44 PM ET
Major League Baseball drew 8,468,620 fans during Interleague games this season for an average of 33,606 per game. The 2011 Interleague average is 18.2 percent higher than this season's current intraleague average of 28,421 per game. Since its inception in 1997, Interleague Play has drawn 12.0 percent more fans than intraleague games; Interleague Play has averaged 33,285 fans per game, compared to the intraleague average of 29,716 fans per game during the same span.
The American League posted a 131-121 record in Interleague Play, marking the eighth straight season in which the A.L. has won the season-series and extending its all-time Interleague lead to 1,939-1,773 (.522). The A.L. collected a .258 batting average with 1,074 runs scored, 255 home runs and a 3.56 ERA, compared to the N.L.'s .250 batting average, 993 runs scored, 208 home runs and 4.00 ERA.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the New York Yankees finished tied for the top Interleague record at 13-5 (.722), followed by the Tampa Bay Rays at 12-6 (.667) and the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants, who were each 10-5 (.667). The Seattle Mariners, who went 9-9 (.500), compiled a Major League-best 1.68 ERA, followed by the Oakland Athletics (2.09) and the Philadelphia Phillies (2.52). Overall, A.L. East Clubs went 50-40 (.556) in Interleague Play, the best divisional mark in the Majors.
The New York Yankees continue to have baseball's best all-time Interleague record at 157-107 (.595), followed by the Chicago White Sox at 154-111 (.581). The Florida Marlins, who went 8-10 in Interleague Play this year, still hold the National League's best all-time Interleague record at 135-117 (.536), followed by the Atlanta Braves at 129-112 (.535).
The 2011 offensive Interleague leaders included: Nick Markakis of the Baltimore Orioles with a .463 batting average (min.: 50 at-bats) and 38 hits; Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays with eight home runs; and Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Danny Valencia of the Minnesota Twins, who each had 18 RBI.
On the mound, 11 different pitchers collected a Major League-leading three victories in Interleague Play, including A.J. Burnett (NYY), Carlos Carrasco (CLE), Tyler Chatwood (LAA), Kevin Correia (PIT), Roy Halladay (PHI), Daniel Hudson (ARI), Jeff Karstens (PIT), CC Sabathia (NYY), James Shields (TB), Josh Tomlin (CLE) and Justin Verlander (DET). Florida's Javier Vazquez compiled a 0.71 ERA in 25.1 innings over four starts (min.: 18.0 innings pitched); and Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel recorded seven saves. Tampa Bay's Shields recorded 42 strikeouts in 34.0 innings to lead the Majors.
Interleague Play's all-time statistical leaders include Dustin Pedroia with a .360 batting average (min.: 300 at-bats); Derek Jeter with 326 hits; Jim Thome with 59 home runs; Alex Rodriguez with 186 RBI; Mark Buehrle with 24 wins; David Wells with a 2.79 ERA; Randy Johnson with 309 strikeouts; and Mariano Rivera with 68 saves.
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