- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (AP) - Baseball fans keep turning out for spring training games in Florida.

Although there were two less teams playing baseball during the 2009 Grapefruit League this spring, the Florida Sports Foundation reported Tuesday that attendance surpassed the 1.5 million mark for a sixth consecutive year.

An average of just over 6,000 fans turned out for the 259 spring training games played between major league teams.

The New York Yankees enjoyed the most attention, averaging 10,558 fans for 16 games played at their Tampa spring training home.

The 2008 World Series participants, the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed significant increases in their games in Clearwater and Port Charlotte.

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