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Chipper Jones out, Mets sign pitcher

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones waves to the crowd

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones waves to the crowd after hitting his 2,500 career hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, in Atlanta. (April 8, 2011) Credit: AP

Mets nemesis Chipper Jones was scratched from Friday’s game because of back tightness he said was caused by the bed in his Manhattan hotel room. Jones said he expects to play Saturday.

Jones, 40, who is retiring after the season, was batting .316 with 10 homers and 48 RBIs. His last series in New York will be Sept. 7-9.

Mets sign pitcher

The Mets signed righthander Drew Carpenter, 27, to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Double-A Binghamton. Carpenter pitched in six games for Toronto this season and had a 5.00 ERA. His career major-league ERA is 7.56 with Toronto, San Diego and Philadelphia.

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