Mets' Matz has tender elbow, status for opening day in doubt

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt. Matz had been scheduled to throw Monday in a minor league game. "There's a little irritation, and he's got to work that out," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday. "We don't think it's anything significant, but it bothers him on extension.

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HAWKS-HORNETS Hornets hand Hawks 4th straight loss, 105-90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky provided more strong play off the bench for Charlotte with 14 points and five assists.

Yankees shortstop Gregorius hurts shoulder, return uncertain

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit." The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at Tampa Bay.

Tim Tebow heading to Mets' Class A team: Columbia Fireflies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow is joining the Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback will start his pro baseball season with the Mets' Class A franchise in Columbia. New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced the move Monday. The 29-year-old Tebow has been in spring training with the Mets and is hitting .235 with four hits in 17 at-bats.

Mets' Tebow has 1st 2-hit day, raising average to .214

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow singled twice and made a diving catch at the right-field warning track, his best day as a professional baseball player. "I think I've had fun every game, genuinely, but I think this one, there was a lot of action," Tebow said after Wednesday after the New York Mets' 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. "When there's a lot of action that's also fun. You like being involved.

Tim Tebow gets 1st hit for Mets, singles vs Marlins

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow has gotten his first hit for the New York Mets. The former NFL quarterback singled Monday in an exhibition game against Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein. Tebow was hitless in his first eight at-bats in spring training before his opposite-field single on a 2-2 pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. He was then erased on a double-play grounder.

Tebow gets surprise call for 3rd spring start for Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Mets say Tim Tebow will be in the lineup for their spring training game against the Miami Marlins. The announcement Monday was a surprise. On Friday, manager Terry Collins said there were no plans to bring back the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner after his second start.

Tebow has tough day in debut; Porcello nicked by grounder

Tim Tebow made his first rookie mistake even before stepping into the batter's box. The New York Mets newcomer walked behind home plate and took his practice swings near Boston's on-deck circle. "I didn't know who that was back there. I thought it was the ball boy," AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello said. The former NFL quarterback's debut as a big leaguer didn't go much better Wednesday.

Hey, Rookie! Mets' Tebow takes practice swings on wrong side

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow made his first rookie mistake even before stepping into the batter's box. The New York Mets newcomer walked behind home plate and took his practice swings near Boston's on-deck circle. "I didn't know who that was back there. I thought it was the ball boy," AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello said. Tebow's debut as a big leaguer didn't go much better Wednesday.

Not right: Mets third baseman Wright can't throw for 2 weeks

David Wright and the New York Mets hoped for a healthy start to spring training. No such luck. Wright was told Tuesday not to throw for two weeks after an examination in New York showed an impingement in his right shoulder. The third baseman will be re-evaluated after two weeks. The 34-year-old team captain is a seven-time All-Star, but he's been limited to 75 regular-season games during the past two years.

Tebow learns from Jacksonville neighbor Daniel Murphy

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- After struggling in the Arizona Fall League last year, New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow turned his attention to his hometown of Jacksonville for some help and inspiration. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy, a former Met, also lives in the north Florida city. "We became friends and went up to a place by our houses and trained a lot.