From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- Television ratings for baseball's division series are down from last year.The 18 games on TBS, with all four series going the distance, averaged a 2.4 rating. That's down 11 percent from the 2.7 for 19 games in 2011, when teams from larger markets made the playoffs. Three of the four series went the full five games last season.MLB Network aired playoff games for the first time this year. Its two division series broadcasts -- Game 2 of Detroit-Oakland and Game 3 of St. Louis-Washington -- averaged a network-record 1.2 million viewers, whereas two afternoon games on TBS last season averaged nearly twice that. MLB Network is in about 70 million homes to more than 100 million for TBS.Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program.
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Draymond Green and Paul Pierce engaged in some trash talk last Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
On Saturday night, Pierce didn't give Draymond's words high marks.
"That's about a three," Pierce said on ABC. "I’ve been around for a long time -- the likes of Kevin Garnett, obviously. I grew up watching Gary Payton, hearing him, so that’s light.
"I couldn’t even hear him.”
In the first minute of last Thursday's Warriors-Clippers game, Draymond said the following to Pierce:
"Chasing that farewell tour -- they don't love you like that. You can't get no farewell tour, they don't love you like that ... you thought you was Kobe?"
Why did Draymond say that?
"This is how it all started: Blake Griffin posted him up, got a foul, and I was just pretty much like, 'You can't guard Blake. He gonna give it to you all night. You not that good. You only good because you got Steph Curry, KD and Klay Thompson around. That's the only reason you get recognition,'" Pierce explained. "And so I'm trying to spark my team with the trash talk -- go at their emotional leader and give my guys some confidence. And that's when you hear him say what he said...
"... When I got home, I see all of this on social media. I'm like, 'Ah, OK,' and that's when I went to my Twitter and said what I said."
Shortly after 2am PT on Thursday night/Friday morning, Pierce tweeted:
73 wins and u thought u was gonna win a title that yr 😂😂😂3-1 lead oops— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) February 24, 2017
At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.
Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.
Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.