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Tough start, Tim: Tebow strikes out, plunked in Mets debut

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Tim Tebow has gotten off to a tough start in his first game for the New York Mets.

The former NFL quarterback struck out and grounded into a double play, then was hit by a pitch and trapped off first base Wednesday in a spring training game against Boston. Tebow batted eighth as the designated hitter for a split squad of Mets.

Tebow looked at strike three his first time up against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Tebow had a friendly word for plate umpire Ryan Additon after being called out.

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Tebow came up next with the bases loaded and bounced into a double play against Noe Ramirez. A run scored on the grounder, but Tebow didn't get credit for an RBI.

The third time up, Tebow was plunked in the right shoulder by a pitch. He was doubled off on a line drive.

The 29-year-old Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida. He signed a minor league contract with the Mets last fall and is in camp this year as an outfielder.