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Tim Tebow goes 0-for-3 vs. Red Sox in MLB spring training debut

Tim Tebow goes 0-for-3 vs. Red Sox in MLB spring training debut

Tim Tebow threw the ball as much against the Red Sox Wednesday as he did over the last four NFL seasons, which is to say he was the Mets’ DH. 

Making his spring training debut, the former NFL quarterback and current minor league outfielder went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and reaching base once after being hit by a pitch in an 8-7 Mets win over the Red Sox.

Leading off the third inning, Tebow struck out on four pitches, all of which were fastballs from Rick Porcello. He grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in his second at-bat before reaching base in his third plate appearance as a result of Brian Johnson hitting him. (He subsequently got doubled off first base on a line drive to second.) In the eighth inning, Tebow struck out for a second time, going down on three pitches. 

Despite not playing baseball competitively since 2005, Tebow signed a minor-league deal with the Mets in September after working out in front of scouts from 28 MLB teams. 

This comes after the 2010 first-round pick of the Broncos spent three seasons in the NFL. He signed with the Patriots and then Eagles prior to the 2013 season, but did not crack either roster. 


Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.