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Mets Morning News: Tebow Time and Thor’s day

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Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

It was a split squad for the Mets, and the home team defeated the Red Sox 8-7 in Tim Tebow’s debut. The away Mets did not fare as well and lost to the Astros 12-2.

Tebow’s first day at the plate did not go particularly well, and Grant Brisbee weighed in with his thoughts.

Tebow’s tough first day showed he still has a long way to go if he wants to catch up to the other prospects.

The fans in attendance were entertained by Tebow’s lackluster debut, but not everyone thinks the former quarterback is worth the effort.

On the other side of the coin, Tebow could be seen as good for baseball.

Jay Bruce did have a good day at the plate, and this spring he has shown flashes of the player the Mets thought they were getting.

Noah Syndergaard was not perfect in his two innings of work and he aims to be more like Bartolo Colon in the future.

The big right hander also talked at length about his ongoing feud with Mr. Met.

Fangraphs took an in-depth look at how Thoracic Outlet Syndrome could affect Matt Harvey.

Sandy Alderson sat down for a lengthy Q & A with MLB.com and offered his opinion on a variety of topics.

Ken Rosenthal wrote a moving tribute to longtime TV director Bill Webb.

Around the NL East

Bartolo Colon was solid in his three innings of work and the Braves defeated the Phillies 3-2.

The clock is ticking on former Marlins’ first round pick Tyler Kolek.

Stephen Strasburg struggled in his start against the Cardinals, and as a result the Nationals were defeated 9-3.

Around the Majors

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez does not believe in line drives.

The Netherlands and Israel both moved on to the next round in the World Baseball Classic.

The White Sox might not be done moving pieces during their fire sale.

Red Sox ace David Price could resume throwing this weekend after having a dreaded visit with Dr. James Andrews last week.

The minor leaguers suing Major League Baseball over unfair labor practices got a boost in their case when a judge certified their case as a class action lawsuit.

Yesterday at AA

Nathan Gismot continued his countdown of the Top 25 Home Run Leaders in Mets history, and number 18 was Jose Reyes.

This Date in Mets History

“Meet the Mets” made its official debut on March 9, 1963. The song we know and love today was originally written in 1961, but it wasn’t until 1963 that the catchy tune was named the official song of the M-E-T-S Mets of New York Town.