Craig Calcaterra

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Jacob deGrom scratched due to a stiff neck

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was scheduled to start tonight against the Washington Nationals, but he’s been pushed to Saturday because he is dealing with a stiff neck. Matt Harvey will pitch in his place. It won’t be short rest for Harvey, though, because the Mets were off on Monday. If they hadn’t been I assume everyone would be panicking.

Oh wait, they already are.

As for deGrom, the injury doesn’t seem serious. And neither does Yoenis Cespedes’ injury. And neither does Lucas Duda‘s or Travis d’Arnaud’s. Wilmer Flores has an infection, but I’m sure he’ll be just fine.

Which, if you’re a Mets fan and you remember some of the Mets’ history when it comes to injuries over the years, you likely take to mean that the team will soon be contracted due to every single player on the roster having all of their limbs spontaneously fall off or dying of bubonic plague.

Four of the top five best-selling jerseys belong to Cubs players

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association just released their list of the most popular jerseys. Since the end of the 2016 season, more Kris Bryant jerseys have been sold than that of any other player. He has the most since the end of 2015 as well.

Second on the list is his teammate, Anthony Rizzo. Then Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at number three. Another Cub, Javier Baez, is fourth. Fifth is yet another Cub, Kyle Schwarber. That’s right: four of the five best-selling jerseys belong to Cubs players.

Here’s the entire top 20:

Major League Baseball’s press release makes a big deal of the fact that the average age of players on this list is 26-and-a-half, which is more than 1.5 years younger than any previous list’s average age. I suppose David Ortiz retiring drops that average age quite a bit.

Baez and Schwarber are two of six new faces cracking the top 20. Also new to the list: Corey Seager, Gary Sánchez, Mookie Betts and Francisco Lindor.

Bartolo Colon was robbed.

Tigers fielders confused by fan yelling “I got it”

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I had missed this one at first, but hoo-boy, it’s a good’n.

On Wednesday, two fly balls fell for hits in the first three innings of the Rays’ 8-7 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field. They happened as second baseman Ian Kinsler ranged back and center fielder JaCoby Jones and right fielder Tyler Collins ran in to get balls that should’ve been outs. Why weren’t they caught?

Because some dude in the stands was yelling “I GOT IT!” and the players thought it was their teammate doing it. From Mlive:

“Unfortunately, the source of confusion was coming from the stands,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “Someone in the stands was yelling, ‘I got it!’ That’s why Kinsler went out acting like he had it and then he heard someone say, ‘I got it!’ so he backed off.

“We had to change our signals. It was the Rays’ fans causing confusion.”

Announced attendance was only 12,281 and there were likely far fewer people than that actually on hand. Given the acoustics of Tropicana Field — you can hear stuff from the other side of the park when it’s quiet — a yell from the stands sounded like a yell from a teammate.

We have no idea who the fan was, but we have no idea where Alex Rodriguez was on Wednesday evening, so I have some suspicions.