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Mets send Tim Tebow to minor league camp after batting .056

Tim Tebow was reassigned by the New York Mets to their minor league camp on Tuesday after he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in an exhibition against the Houston Astros.

The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .056 (1-for-18) with 11 strikeouts in seven big league exhibition games. The 30-year-old athlete, who is not on the Mets’ 40-man roster, has been hampered by a left ankle sprain.

Tebow, an outfielder, can appear in games for New York but would have to be brought over from the minor league side.

He said being in a major league clubhouse for the first time was rewarding.

It was a lot different being around the guys all the time, being able to learn a lot more, go through drills when I could and get some meaningful at-bats too, Tebow said.

New York also reassigned right-hander Kevin McGowan to the minor league camp on Tuesday and optioned right-handers Gerson Bautista, Marcos Molina, Jamie Callahan and Corey Oswalt to minor league affiliates.

We need to keep talking about this, he said. I want the [high school students] to keep fighting. And I want everyone to pay attention. As we all know, it’s not front-page news anymore. People in the media have moved on to other stuff. But it’s important to keep it in the forefront. It’s always going to be there. We just need to keep the dialogue going.

Luongo has lived in Parkland since his first stint with the Panthers in 2000 and met his wife, Gina, there. Every morning since Valentine’s Day, they’ve had to talk to their two children about the tragedy. Over breakfast the kids ask, What if this happens to us? Last Thursday, Luongo’s 9-year-old daughter told him she didn’t want to go to school because she had a bad feeling in her stomach.

We beat two teams we’re chasing in the standings, coach Mike Yeo said. We could have put ourselves in a pretty dire situation, bury ourselves almost to the point of not having a chance.

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Lewis is at his best when used in multiple roles.

Wil Myers. With 58 home runs and 48 steals since 2016, Myers has established himself as a true dual-threat at a position that lacks versatility. In this era where stolen bases are difficult to come by (especially if you don’t want to overpay for a specialist), Myers allows you to gain an edge on the field while not really sacrificing any power. The addition of Hosmer should not only mean lineup protection but also OF eligibility, a combination of events that has Myers as my favorite first basemen given his price and upside. — Kyle Soppe

The young first baseman who could break out is:

Even though I think Bellinger could actually have a more valuable 2018 than his 39-HR Rookie of the Year season, it would be hard to pick him as a breakout. He’s already broken out. Rhys Hoskins will also be a popular pick, but I’m going to offer up unheralded Josh Bell for your consideration. Both Bell and Hoskins had lackluster Septembers, but it was Bell who set an NL record for home runs by a switch-hitting rookie. He came into camp healthy this year, a far cry from the arthroscopic surgery that forced a slow start to 2017. I think you’ll see the difference once April’s games begin. — AJ Mass

It has to be McMahon, doesn’t it? At the moment, the 23-year-old isn’t assured of an everyday role, but grabbing a Rockie with playing-time potential is the smart call here. Colorado is always going to score plenty of runs, and if they are willing to have McMahon learn on the job, I could see him producing in a pretty decent way. — Kyle Soppe

More and more teams have the capacity to roll their backs through the backfield, into the slot and even to outside receiver positions. Some do not. Lewis needs a team that would use his complete skill set rather than box him in as a classic tailback. — Seifert

Wilkerson’s talent is undeniable, as are the disciplinary issues he had in recent years under coach Todd Bowles. Wilkerson needs a franchise that can give him the right proportions of breathing room and structure. — Seifert

An American League evaluator echoes that sentiment, ranking Chapman on a par with Arenado and Manny Machado, the twin gold standards of third-base defensive excellence. The early numbers bear it out: Last year, Chapman contributed a stunning plus-19 defensive runs saved in 84 games with Oakland.

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In leagues with an innings cap, especially daily formats, populating your lineup with dominant middle relievers is a great way to optimize production.

Here, the K category is really K/9. The downside used to be falling short in wins. However, in the current climate, as mentioned earlier, some relievers do actually possess better odds at a win compared to those underwhelming spot starters.

With a dedication to fitness, diet and making the proper adjustments (hanging out closer to the net), Ovechkin could add two to three seasons, play until he is 43 (Chris Chelios played until he was 48) and score another 40-50 goals.

Is it still a long shot? Ovechkin scored his 600th career goal this season, when he is 32. He’ll likely get his 700th goal when he is 35, and he should get 800 by 38 or 39. If he can get to 800 by 39, then four more years should get him 95 more goals.

It would be a fascinating time. Arguably the greatest record chase in the history of the NHL, similar in stature and, somewhat, in tone to Hank Aaron chasing Babe Ruth. The Russian bear chasing Canadian royalty.

Nova’s first Opening Day start will be at Comerica Park, where he made his major league debut with two innings of relief on May 13, 2010.

It’s a privilege, Nova said. Every starting pitcher’s dream is to start the season for a team, be the Opening Day guy.

Nova reported to spring training considerably lighter than he was at the end of last season. He is hoping that leads to more consistency.

He was 3-2 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts last April while allowing one walk in 36 innings. He was 2-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 13 starts during the second half.

I worked harder than I ever have in the offseason, Nova said. I was upset about the way last season ended. I know I’m a better pitcher than that. I felt like I let team down and I let myself down too. I don’t want to have another season like that.

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The significant factors in Ovechkin’s goal-scoring prowess are his shot volume and where he takes them.

Dec. 15: Moore’s fantasy value takes a significant hit with the move from extreme pitchers’ park AT&T Park to Texas’ Globe Life Park, making him a streaming option (and a weak one) at best.

He ranks ninth all-time in the NHL for shots on goal, and has led the NHL in shots on goal in 10 of his 12 seasons. Many of those shots were taken from what has been known as The Ovi Spot on the ice: the circle to the goalie’s right, where Ovechkin sets up camp. He scored 119 of his 297 goals since 2011-12 from that spot.

Ovechkin has led the league in power-play goals six times, and is 10th in NHL history for goals scored with the man advantage.

Ovechkin has won the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals six times (2008, 2009, 2012-16) and the Art Ross Trophy for most points once in 2008. He’s a three-time Hart Trophy winner for league MVP and a three-time recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, as voted on by the NHLPA. Ovechkin also won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year in 2006 after scoring 52 goals.

Looking at this on an individual basis, the top hurlers tend to start around 32-33 games. They’ll likely work both during the season’s opening week and right after the All-Star break, leaving 30-31 outings for the remaining 25 weeks. This means even the best options will only start twice five or six times a year. It’s hard to construct a strategy using this as the focal point.

Back in that January 2010 blogumn, I projected Ovechkin would finish with 51 goals in the 2009-10 season. He finished with 50. That gave him 269 goals through that 2009-10 season. So, back in early 2010, I laid out a blueprint for Ovechkin to reach 895 career goals, one better than Gretzky’s record.

The first part of my hypothesis was that Ovechkin would have to be largely injury-free and play until he was 40. Also, as I wrote back in 2010, Players who have booming shots age slower in terms of goal totals. So does playing on good teams.

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Cavs’ Kevin Love hoping for early return from fractured bone in hand

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love was back on the practice court taking mid-range jump shots Friday, four weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand.

He is optimistic that he will return to game action before the team’s stated eight-week recovery timeline expires.

“If I can get back before eight weeks, great,” Love said Friday. “I’m hoping that is the case.”

Love has missed 12 games since breaking his hand Jan. 30 against the Detroit Pistons. During that time, Cleveland completely overhauled its roster by dealing away six players and bringing in four more at the trade deadline.

The Cavaliers have 21 games remaining in the regular season. Should Love beat his recovery timeline by two weeks, he could still have 13-14 games to try to get acclimated with the Cavs’ new personnel before the playoffs begin.

Love is one of four remaining members of the Cavs’ 2016 championship team, along with LeBron James, JR Smith and Tristan Thompson. He believes that core gives the new-look Cavs enough experience to put things together quickly for a deep postseason run.

“Between ‘Bron and myself, JR and Tristan, we have guys who have been here and know exactly what to expect moving forward,” Love said. “So it’s on us to bring everybody along and have veteran guys push maybe the younger guys or the new guys through the process.

“Having some new blood and some new faces in some ways can be a good thing because they’re going to be very hungry and want to get on that quick learning curve to make it so we have a big run.”

Smith returned to the team Friday, and according to Lue, will resume his role as the starting shooting guard when the Cavs host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Smith opted to not speak to the media on Friday.

Lue said he had “a little discussion” with Smith on Friday and wouldn’t get into who issued the suspension.

Cleveland lost 108-97 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday when Smith served his suspension.

Rodney Hood, starting in place of Smith, scored 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting against the Sixers, with five rebounds and five assists.

Lillard finished with 35 points after a slow start and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-99 on Thursday night for their season-high fifth straight win.

Lillard missed all seven shots from the field in the opening Cheap Jerseys Wholesale quarter.

“I was just missing. I was missing a lot of shots short, kept hitting the Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys front of the rim. When it was leaving my hands it felt good. I just knew I had to shoot the ball it a little bit higher,” he said. “I really wasn’t worried about it, honestly.”

Agent: Corey Brewer will sign with Thunder once he clears waivers

Swingman Corey Brewer plans to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder upon clearing waivers Friday, his agent confirmed to The Associated Press.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Brewer after the two sides agreed to a contract buyout Wednesday.

“Against an elite team like that, your margin of error is so small — and one mistake could cost you the game,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “It’s frustrating because we couldn’t find a way to stop them. This was a tough one.”

Cavaliers: F Jeff Green (sore lower back) missed his first game of the season. He played in the first 59 games, all off the bench. Green is averaging 10.6 points. … Lakers G Isaiah Thomas said the Cavs were in “panic mode” when they traded him before the deadline. Asked for a reaction, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue joked “I’m panicking now.”

Nets: LeVert (right knee) and Hollis-Jefferson (right groin) saw action for the second straight game after returning from injuries. . Brooklyn began a five-game, 10-day road trip that ends on March 8 in Charlotte.

The Heat (32-30), who currently hold the eighth and final playoff position in the East, play host to the Detroit Pistons (29-33), who sit in ninth place, three games behind Miami.

Miami was embarrassed in Thursday’s 131-113 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, who shot 59.5 percent from the floor.

“We are much better than what we showed defensively,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You could see it. (The Lakers) were playing with different pace and energy level. We were playing on our heels the whole way, particularly at the start of the game when they were running right by us.

“We’re going to get to work (for Detroit). We have a big game against them on Saturday. We have to play toward our identity.”

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