Alex Rodriguez has a mini-me

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We may see Alex Rodriguez’s nephew in the bigs one day:

Joe Dunand Jr.’s nickname is Lil’ Joe, but you might as well call
him Lil’ A-Rod. Dunand Jr., a 13-year-old slugger, is A-Rod’s nephew.
He’s also a 5-9, 140-pound spitting image of the Bombers’ third
baseman. His father, Joe Dunand Sr., is Rodriguez’s half-brother.

“He looks more like his son than mine,” Dunand Sr. said
half-jokingly earlier this week as his son took batting practice at
Jose Martinez’s Baseball Made Simple Academy in the Bronx . . . Joe
Jr.’s resemblance to his uncle is so striking that he was selected to
play a younger version of A-Rod in a Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial
two years ago.

That sound you hear is Selena Roberts sprinting to her computer to add a new, salacious chapter to her book.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.