Tim Tebow strikes out twice in New York Mets debut

Tebow, 29, batted eighth as designated hitter and led 0-3 in his first game for the New York Mets against Boston in Florida

Tim Tebow moved his first rookie misstep even before stepping into the batters box.

The New York Mets newcomer stepped behind home plate and took his practice swings near Bostons on-deck circle.

I didnt know who that was back there. I thought it was the projectile boy, AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello said.

The former NFL quarterbacks debut as a big leaguer didnt go something better Wednesday.

Tebow led 0 for 3, twice looking at ten-strike three and likewise flooring into a doubled play with the basis loaded in a spring qualify show against the Red Sox.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner did safely reach when he was hit by a pitch in the right shoulder from fellow Florida alum Brian Johnson. But Tebows stay on base was brief he got doubled off first on a line drive.

It was a first day for me getting to compete. Ill learn a lot from it. Its kind of what I expected from a competition grade, Tebow spoke after an 8-7 win.

The 29 -year-old Tebow batted eighth as the designated hitter. Signed last-place drop-off, hes in camp on a minor league contract, hoping to make it as an outfielder. Hes next scheduled to play for the Mets in a split-squad competition Friday against Houston, and administrator Terry Collins spoke Tebow would be in the field.

With almost anything I do, I get a little nervous because I care about it, the outcome and my teammates, Tebow spoke. But Id likewise get nervous if I was going to talk to a high school football squad before a game.

Tebow was set to lead off the third largest inning for his first at-bat. The lefty hitter emerged from the Mets third base dugout and intersected over to the Boston side, drifting towards the Red Sox on-deck clique and inching his style into Porcellos view.

I thought you walked around because youre a left-hander. I found out you dont do that, Tebow said.

Porcello shed a fastball past Tebow, then got him to look at ten-strike three. Tebow had a smile and friendly message for dish adjudicator Ryan Additon after getting called out.
Porcello was struck on the pitching mitt by Yoenis Cespedes grounder in the fourth. The righty remain in, but departed after Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda doubled.

Its fine right now, Porcello spoke. It happens instantly, so youre just trying to get the sting out of it. I was able to throw a couple of tones, and the second warmup pitch I was able to get down in the zone, and didnt think it would affect me obliging pitches.

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