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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.

Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:

It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.

Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.

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Panthers honor Florida shooting victims before game against Capitals

Panthers honor Florida shooting victims before game against Capitals

Prior to their matchup against the Capitals, the Panthers honored the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Thursday night's game was the Panthers' first game on home ice since the shooting last week. BB&T Center, the home of the Panthers, is located about 20 minutes south of Parkland.

Both teams wore the school’s hat during warmups, and the Panthers will wear the school’s logo on their helmets and “MSD” patches on their jerseys for the rest of the season.

There was a was a moment of silence and ceremony prior to the game, during which the video board showed the pictures and names of all 17 victims.

Following the video Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who lives in Parkland, took the ice to give his own moving tribute. 

"It's time for us, as a community, to take action. Enough is enough." Luongo commended the school's teachers and said of the students, "You guys are an inspiration for all of us. You guys are giving us hope for the future." 

"When I'm done playing hockey, I want to spend the rest of my life in Parkland," Luongo said. "I love that city."

In addition to the ceremony and uniform tributes, the Panthers hosted a blood drive beginning at today noon and lasting through the second intermission of the game in an effort to replenish local blood banks.

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Caps fans thrilled to welcome Nate Schmidt back to DC

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Caps fans thrilled to welcome Nate Schmidt back to DC

Nate Schmidt was beloved by Caps fans for his great hair, his smile and his general positivity, not to mention his dependability on the ice. 

When the young defendseman was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights as a part of the expansion draft in June it was disappointing for the Capitals, but saying goodbye to Schmidt was even harder for the fans.

Sunday's game against the Golden Knights was Schmidt's first time back to DC since his move to Vegas.

Schmidt became a fan-favorite in Washington, D.C. in short order, and it wasn't a facade. Schmidt is an eternally happy person, and the response from the Capitals fans on Sunday was evidence of this.

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Prior to the game, Caps fans eagerly awaited Schmidt to come out for warmups with signs and #88 jerseys, cheering as he took the ice.

Schmidt was equally as happy to return, saying he had a blast in Washington and is thankful to see familiar faces again.

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The Capitals formally welcomed Schmidt back with an announcement during the first period.

Las Vegas is having a surprisingly successful season for an expansion team.

They lead the Pacific Division by a wide margin and are second overall in the NHL. Schmidt has been a significant contributor to the success, recording 4 goals, 18 assists, 22 points so far this season and averaging 22:30 minutes per game.