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Mets Morning News: Tebow makes AFL debut, Giants season comes to an end

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Minor League Baseball: Arizona Fall League-Scottsdale Scorpions at Glendale Desert Dogs Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Tim Tebow had a busy Arizona Fall League debut; crashing into the outfield wall before comforting a fan who had collapsed after the game. How many days until pitchers and catchers report?

Michael Conforto acknowledged the possibility of moving to first base in 2017. An 11-time Gold Glove first baseman in his own right, Keith Hernandez shared his thoughts on Conforto’s Sophomore campaign.

Noah Syndergaard won’t need surgery for the bone spur in his pitching elbow. Alternatively, Robert Gsellman will go under the knife to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder.

According to MLBTradeRumors’ projections, the Mets and Orioles will lead the majors in salary arbitration commitments.

Triple-A slugger Travis Taijeron is in a “career stalemate,” Wayne Cavadi of Today’s Knuckleball writes.

Matt Harvey “should be fine” by the time spring training begins, per Scott Boras.

Around the NL East

The Nationals took a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, evening up the NLDS at two games apiece. Washington’s bullpen was a glaring flaw in the road defeat.

Federal Baseball previewed Max Scherzer’s crucial start against L.A. on Thursday.

MLB Daily Dish reviewed the Phillies’ 2016 season.

The Braves played it safe by retaining Brian Snitker as interim manager.

Players are still mourning the loss of Jose Fernandez in the postseason.

Around Major League Baseball

After squandering a ninth inning lead, the Giants were eliminated from the postseason Tuesday night; suffering a 6-5 defeat to the Cubs. Chicago will advance to face either the Nationals or Dodgers in the NLCS.

Despite the loss, Matt Moore was brilliant over eight innings for San Francisco.

Unfortunately for the Giants, “Even Year Magic” has come to an end.

Clayton Kershaw’s late-inning struggles have been on display throughout the postseason.

The Indians’ bullpen has played a major role in helping Cleveland advance to the ALCS.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos reviewed the Amazin’ Avenue staff’s 10 bold predictions entering the 2016 season.

Ketul Shah helped us understand Wilmer Flores’ recent wrist surgery.

Nathan Gismot reflected on the Mets’ Wild Card loss to the Giants.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2000, Jay Payton hit a go-ahead single in Game 2 of the NLDS; lifting New York to a 6-5 victory over St. Louis.

Happy birthday to Jose Valentin and Sid Fernandez!