Mets SS Jose Reyes scratched with stiff back

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Jose Reyes left the field during batting practice Wednesday and was scratched from the Mets’ lineup with what was termed lower back stiffness.
A Mets official called the problem “turf related,” according to the New York Daily News.
Reyes missed the spring and the first four games of the regular season with a thyroid condition, but he had managed to stay healthy since, playing in all 73 straight games for the Mets. He played in just 36 games in 2009 because of calf and hamstring injuries.
Reyes is hitting .277/.321/.419 with 51 runs scored this season. He was in a 2-for-18 slump over the previous four games, but he had been red-hot over the previous month, collecting multiple hits 19 times in a stretch of 32 games.
With Reyes absent, the Mets have Ruben Tejada at shortstop and Alex Cora playing second base tonight.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.