Baseball fans watch as New York Yankees' Greg Bird (31) walks back to the dugout after being called out on strikes with a man on base during the seventh inning of the American League wild card baseball game against the Houston Astros, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 201
Julie Jacobson
October 07, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) With the Yankees playing, baseball's wild-card game has drawn its largest television audience in its short history.

The Houston Astros' 3-0 win over New York in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night on ESPN averaged more than 7.6 million viewers.

The network said Wednesday that's up 36 percent from the 5.6 million for last year's NL game between the Giants and Pirates on ESPN, which was the previous high. It's up 46 percent from the 5.2 million for the 2014 AL game between small-market Kansas City and Oakland on TBS.

Major League Baseball added the wild-card round in 2012.

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