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Tim Tebow hit a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw at Double-A

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The Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, kicked off the season on Thursday evening against the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox). Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow got the start in left field, batting seventh for the Rumble Ponies.

As fate would have it, Tebow swung at the first pitch he saw in an official Double-A game and hit a three-run home run, giving the Rumble Ponies a 5-0 lead in the second inning.

Tebow, you may recall, also homered in his first at-bat in his minor league debut last year with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies. His overall numbers weren’t terribly impressive, as he hit .220/.311/.336 with Columbia in 244 plate appearances, and .231/.307/.356 in 242 PA with High-A St. Lucie.

Report: Dodgers to sign Joe Kelly to three-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are close to signing reliever Joe Kelly. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is for three years and around $25 million.

Kelly, 30, posted a 4.39 ERA with a 68/32 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen during the regular season in 2018. He turned it up a notch in the postseason, limiting the opposition to two runs (one earned) in 11 1/3 innings with a 13/0 K/BB ratio.

With the Red Sox, Kelly mostly pitched seventh and eighth innings ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel. He will likely do the same ahead of closer Kenley Jansen, sharing the workload with Pedro Báez.