New York Mets' Tim Tebow (15) takes batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Monday in Port St. Lucie. [AP Photo/John Bazemore]

Tim Tebow gets 1st hit for Mets, singles vs Marlins

By BILL WHITEHEAD / The Associated Press
Monday, March 13, 2017 3:22 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE — Tim Tebow has gotten his first hit for the New York Mets.

The former Florida and NFL quarterback singled Monday in an exhibition game against Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein.

Tebow was hitless in his first eight at-bats in spring training before his opposite-field single on a 2-2 pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. He was then erased on a double-play grounder.

Playing left field, the former Heisman Trophy winner made a head-first diving catch in the second inning to rob Justin Bour of a hit.

Tebow batted eighth, and his appearance in the lineup was a surprise. On Friday, manager Terry Collins said there were no plans to bring back the 29-year-old Tebow after his second start.

But the Mets needed players because of the World Baseball Classic and multiple split-squad games and decided to have Tebow join them from their minor league camp.




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