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Mets’ Tim Tebow goes through his paces as a baseball player

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The colors – orange and blue – are the same. The state – Florida – is the same. But the cheers? Well, they aren’t what they used to be. Tim Tebow, two days into being a professional baseball player, saw the crowds and media dwindle Tuesday as he went through his drills. He later hit a home run (11:58 a.m.) but, for a day, everything was subdued. “It felt a little more comfortable,’’ Tebow told the dozen or so reporters…

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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer homers to lead victory over the Mets

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Tampa Bay, say hello to Richie Shaffer. Shaffer, the Rays’ publicized young infielder, went three-for-three, scored three runs and had the game-winning home run for the Rays, as they won their series with a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets. Shaffer, playing designated hitter in his first game at Tropicana Field, led off the seventh inning with his tie-breaking homer. For the second straight game, the Rays fell behind 3-0 early. This time, it was when Rays’ starter Chris…

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Tampa Bay bullpen falters again in late-inning loss to Mets

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When a team’s biggest strength becomes a weakness, it means trouble. The bullpen of the Tampa Bay Rays, the best thing about the team this season, faltered for the second straight game Friday night, losing a 4-3 game when both Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger gave up runs, a rarity. Boxberger took the loss, giving up three hits, an error and a wild pitch in the ninth inning. He also gave up two runs. Had Boxberger shut down New York,…

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