Kevin Correia starting Monday after pitching in relief on Sunday

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Here’s something you don’t see very often. After throwing 24 pitches over two innings of shutout relief in yesterday’s 19-inning marathon against the Cardinals, Kevin Correia will make the start tonight against the Padres.

Correia was originally scheduled to return to the bullpen this week, but plans changed after Monday’s scheduled starter Wandy Rodriguez notched the win yesterday by throwing 32 pitches over two shutout frames. According to Paul Casella of MLB.com, Correia will be the first Pirate since Pascual Perez in 1981 to pitch in relief one day and then start the next day.

The Pirates recalled right-hander Kyle McPherson and left-hander Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis this afternoon to provide some insurance to their taxed bullpen. Correia only figures to pitch a few innings, so either or both could make their major league debuts tonight.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.