The Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals for the All-Star Final Vote

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This is sort of sad, hilarious and scary all at the same time: the Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals in the All-Star Final Vote thing.

How that even works I have no idea. The Royals fans give Cardinals fans the code to hack the MLB.com voting page? The Cardinals share the Devil Magic which always seems to benefit them to cover the alliance from the more metaphysical side?

More importantly, is there any Cards or Royals fan who really cares so much about the All-Star Final vote that they’d throw in with their cross-state rivals anyway? I don’t know a TON of Cards and Royals fans, but the ones I do tend not to care much for the other side. Folks form St. Louis don’t give a rip if Mike Moustakas makes the All-Star Game. Same with K.C. folks and Carlos Martinez.

But hey, at least some marketing and social media people were kept off the streets today.

UPDATE: So I guess other teams are doing this too, including Tigers/Reds, Yanks/Rockies and Dodgers/Red Sox. Which means it was almost certainly an orchestrated thing from MLB. Wheeee!

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.