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Originally published November 2, 2010 at 8:18 PM | Page modified November 2, 2010 at 8:25 PM

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World Series TV rating equals all-time low | Baseball

Television ratings for this year's World Series averaged an 8.4 rating, matching the lowest ever.

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK — Television ratings for this year's World Series matched the lowest ever.

The San Francisco Giants' five-game victory over the Texas Rangers averaged an 8.4 rating and 14 share. That matches the record low of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies-Tampa Bay Rays World Series, which also went five games, with the decisive game suspended and completed two days later because of rain.

The average rating was down 28 percent from the 11.7 for last year's New York Yankees-Phillies series.

The Giants' 3-1 victory Monday night on Fox got an 8.8 rating. The San Francisco market averaged a 35.3 rating for the World Series, compared with 30.9 for Dallas.

The Fall Classic averaged 14.3 million viewers, up 5 percent from 2008, when the country had fewer homes with televisions.

Game 5 drew 15.0 million viewers to beat "Monday Night Football." The Indianapolis Colts' 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans on ESPN had 11.9 million viewers.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program.

Roenicke to manage Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Ron Roenicke showed he can win as a fill-in manager. Now he gets a chance to do it every day.

The Milwaukee Brewers hired the Los Angeles Angels' bench coach to be their manager, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move.

The 54-year-old Roenicke has been a member of the Angels' coaching staff for 11 seasons, including the past five as bench coach. He won each of the seven times he subbed for Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia.

Roenicke replaces Ken Macha, who was let go after two disappointing seasons, a tenure that came in the wake of the team's 2008 playoff appearance — its first since 1982.

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Notes

Edwin Rodriguez, 50, will get to start what he finished — a season as manager of the Florida Marlins. After considering other candidates, the Marlins decided to keep Rodriguez, a person familiar with the search said.

Rodriguez took over as interim manager June 23 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Rodriguez went 46-46.

Rodriguez was popular with players and won praise for his handling of All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, whose attitude became an issue after he was benched by Gonzalez for not hustling early last season.

• Baseball's offseason market got busy faster than usual, with teams forced to make quick decisions on contract options as they prepare offers to a relatively weak free-agent class headed by pitcher Cliff Lee, who started the season with the Mariners and ended it with Texas, and outfielder Carl Crawford, who played for Tampa Bay.

Under modifications agreed to by players and owners in September, free agents can start negotiating with all clubs on the sixth day after the World Series, which is Sunday, rather than the 16th day. There were 176 players who became free agents.

• Veteran infielder Omar Vizquel, a former Mariner, is sticking around for another year with the Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year contract with the 11-time Gold Glove winner, solidifying their bench. Vizquel, 43, batted .276 and provided considerable help after third baseman Mark Teahen broke a finger on his throwing hand. Vizquel started 62 games at third base.

"I'm clear with my situation," he said. "I know that my job is going to be the same thing again, be a backup player, but it's OK to me. I'm satisfied with my year."

• The Baltimore Orioles have declined left-hander Mark Hendrickson's $1.2 million option for next season and will pay the 36-year-old a $200,000 buyout

The 6-foot-9 Hendrickson was a standout at Mount Vernon High School. He played baseball and basketball at Washington State and is a former NBA player. He went 1-6 with a 5.26 earned-run average in 52 games with Baltimore this year.

• Authorities say former major-leaguer Elijah Dukes, 26, has been jailed in Tampa, Fla., on charges related to allegedly failing to pay child support.

Hillsborough County jail records show the one-time outfielder for the Rays and Washington Nationals was arrested Monday on contempt-of-court charges. He remained in jail Tuesday.

Dukes, a career .242 hitter, was released by the Nationals before the 2010 season.

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