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Tim Tebow to make his debut today against the Red Sox. It’ll be on TV.

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Tim Tebow has played in the Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League, but he has yet to face major league pitching in a game setting. That changes today as the Boston Red Sox face the New York Mets with Tim Tebow in the lineup.

And it won’t be an easy test for Mr. Tebow. On the hill for the Red Sox will be the reigning Cy Young Award winner, Rick Porcello. Figure he’ll get one or two at bats against Porcello tops. Also figure that he hasn’t seen stuff like Porcello’s in his life. At least not from the batter’s box.

The game, taking place at the Mets park in Port St. Lucie, Fla,  gets underway at at 1:10 p.m. MLB Network will carry the broadcast and MLB.tv will stream the game live. And don’t think they’re not milking it:

Tebow will be the DH today, and he’s batting eighth. Sadly, we won’t get to see him take circuitous routs in the outfield.

Good luck, Tim.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.