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Mets minor leaguer Tebow hits 9 homers in batting practice

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow quickly got into the swing of spring training, hitting nine home runs in batting practice Monday during his first workout with the New York Mets.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is hoping to make to the majors as an outfielder. He signed a minor league contract last September.

The 29-year-old Tebow played in the Arizona Fall League, struggling against top prospects from other teams. He hit .194 and struck out 20 times in 62 at-bats for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

"It's so much about how you're able to handle things mentally, and that's not just the highs, it's also the lows," the lefty hitter said.

"Baseball can really exploit that if you're not ready for it — to be ready for the droughts and be able to handle the highs and lows. I think I was 0 for my first 13 (in Arizona), so I was like, 'OK, that's going to happen.' But I'm going to bounce back, and I think I was able to do that," he said.

Tebow said similar poor results as a member of the New York Jets in 2012 also were part of a learning process.

"I'm grateful for the highs there — which weren't really many — but for a lot of the lows," said Tebow, who was released after one season with the Jets in which he threw just eight passes and ran 32 times.

"It was not necessarily the most fun situation, but there were so many things I learned. Everything happens for a reason; that situation happened for a reason. I learned from it. I'm grateful for it. I can honestly say that," he said.

AROUND THE CACTUS AND GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUES

TIGERS 10, BRAVES 7

Miguel Cabrera doubled, singled and drove in a run for Detroit. Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up a run in two innings.

R.A. Dickey, in his Braves debut, allowed two runs on two hits over two innings. The former NL Cy Young winner pitched for Toronto last year, then signed with Atlanta.

Dansby Swanson got three hits and scored three times for Atlanta. Freddie Freeman had two hits and drove in three runs.

CARDINALS (ss) 5, NATIONALS 4

Lance Lynn, out of the majors last year after Tommy John surgery, pitched two innings in his spring debut for St. Louis, allowing four hits and one earned run.

Trea Turner homered for Washington. He's beginning what's expected to be his first full season in the big leagues as a full-time shortstop after spending last year in center field and at second base.

YANKEES 4, ORIOLES 1

All-Star third baseman Manny Machado started at shortstop for Baltimore in place of J.J. Hardy, who's expected to be out until mid-March with back trouble.

Vidal Nuno, acquired this month from the Dodgers, pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Orioles.

Aaron Judge tripled and reached base three times for New York.

TWINS 9, MARLINS 6

Byung-ho Park hit a two-run homer, his second shot since Minnesota dropped him from its 40-man roster earlier this month.

Twins starter Ervin Santana struck out two in two scoreless innings. He was suspended 80 games last season for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.

Tyler Moore homered for Miami. Marlins starter Jose Urena gave up two runs in an inning.

RAYS 7, PHILLIES 2

Makiel Franco hit his third home run this spring for Philadelphia and added an RBI single.

Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay and scored twice.

CARDINALS (ss) 7, RED SOX 2

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha allowed four hits and an unearned run in two innings. Jose Martinez hit two home runs and drove in four.

Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland each got two hits for Boston.

PIRATES 2, BLUE JAYS 1

Toronto starter Marcus Stroman worked two perfect innings, striking out three. Jose Bautista singled home the Blue Jays' run.

Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings, son of Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings, had two hits.

ASTROS 5, METS 2

Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores homered for the Mets. Houston scored four times in the ninth off veteran Tom Gorzelanny on four hits and three walks.

ROYALS 14, MARINERS 3, 7 INNINGS

All-Star catcher Salvador Perez homered, doubled and drove in four runs for Kansas City in a rain-shortened game. Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double and scored twice, and Royals newcomer Brandon Moss had two hits and an RBI.

Jean Segura, acquired by Seattle in a trade with Arizona, hit a two-run homer, double and single. Yovani Gallardo, another Mariners offseason addition, struggled through an inning of work, allowing four runs on three hits.

ROCKIES 7, DODGERS 1

Young ace Jon Gray threw two scoreless innings for Colorado, striking out two while allowing two hits. Tony Wolters hit a three-run homer for the Rockies.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda walked two and gave up a run in two innings.

CUBS 4, WHITE SOX 4

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer, his first of the spring, as part of a two-hit day. Abreu left for Miami after the game to attend to a personal matter. He is expected back Wednesday.

Addison Russell and Wilson Contreras each hit their first homers of the spring for the Cubs in a game called after nine innings. Brett Anderson, who signed in January with the Cubs on a one-year deal, threw a scoreless inning.

ATHLETICS 5, GIANTS 4

Athletics free-agent addition Matt Joyce homered and Rajai Davis and Stephen Vogt each had two hits.

Brandon Belt hit a solo homer for San Francisco. Starter Jeff Samardzija went one inning, allowing two runs and three hits.

INDIANS 3, RANGERS (ss) 2

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gave up three hits and two runs in two innings. Carlos Santana doubled and singled for Cleveland.

Juremi Profar, younger brother of Texas infielder Jurickson Profar, hit a first-inning triple and scored on a home run by Nomar Mazara.

BREWERS 5, RANGERS (ss) 0

Lewis Brinson got three hits for Milwaukee and Scooter Gennett added two hits with a walk.

Shin-Soo Choo and Rougned Odor had two of the Rangers' three hits.

ANGELS 5, PADRES 3

Two-time MVP Mike Trout walked both times up in his spring debut for the Angels. Padres All-Star first baseman Wil Myers hit an RBI single.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, REDS 1

Patrick Corbin struck out three in two hitless innings for Arizona. Scott Feldman gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings for Cincinnati.

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