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Sunday night matchup between Red Sox, Yankees draws highest numbers in years

Connor Donahue
August 06, 2018 - 1:25 pm

There’s no question the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has heated up this year.

From the offseason's big-name acquisitions, to the Joe Kelly/Tyler Austin brawl, to the AL East division race – the Sox and Yanks have made the best rivalry in baseball fun again.

It all seemed to culminate Sunday night as the Red Sox were going for a four-game sweep and a 9.5-game lead in the division. The game ended with a three-run come-from-behind rally in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off single in the tenth.

According to ESPN’s communications director Ben Cafardo, last night’s Sunday Night Baseball game smashed records. The contest drew a 2.2 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated Sunday Night Baseball telecast in four years.

The game garnered a 10.8 rating in the Boston market, the best rating for a Major League Baseball game on ESPN in seven years.

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