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Marlins TV ratings are up, especially when Jose Fernandez pitches

More people are paying attention to the Marlins, at least based on the early returns.

According to Fox Sports Florida, viewership is up 42 percent from last season over the same number of games. That 42 percent improvement ranks among the top teams in biggest average viewership gain for all regional sports networks in MLB.

Other findings:

-- April was the most watched month on Fox Sports Florida since July 2012, about the time the bottom fell out on the much-hyped inaugural season in the team's new ballpark.

-- Four of the five most watched games this season have been Jose Fernandez starts. According to Fox, when Fernandez is on the mound, ratings have seen a 19 percent spike over the April average.

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