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.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.
Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.
There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.
It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.
Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.
The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.