Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Mets Sending Tebow to Arizona Fall League

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Mets Sending Tebow to Arizona Fall League

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Mets sending Tebow to Arizona Fall League

Tim Tebow will test his baseball skills against some of the game's premier prospects.

The New York Mets announced they are sending Tebow to the Arizona Fall League after cutting short their instructional league Tuesday with Hurricane Matthew approaching Florida. Gov. Rick Scott already has declared a state of emergency.

Tebow, the former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, is scheduled to report Sunday and play for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Opening day is next Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League, a competitive proving ground and development opportunity for promising minor leaguers.

Among his teammates will be New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, who hit 11 homers in 46 major-league games as a rookie last year before sitting out this season following shoulder surgery.

Tebow's manager in the AFL will be Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin, once his duties with the big-league club are done. New York worked out Tuesday at Citi Field to prep for Wednesday night's NL wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants.

Tebow embarked on a professional baseball career last month when he signed a minor-league contract with the Mets. The 29-year-old outfielder was sent to their instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and homered on the first pitch he saw in a competitive game (a 90 mph fastball).

Lester to start for Cubs * Jon Lester will start the Chicago Cubs' playoff opener.

Manager Joe Maddon announced Tuesday he was going with Lester over Kyle Hendricks and 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta in Game 1 of the NLDS against the New York Mets or San Francisco Giants. The series opens at Wrigley Field on Friday, with the Cubs' sights set on winning their first World Series since 1908 after leading the majors with 103 wins.

Lester (19-5) was second in the majors to Hendricks with a 2. …

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