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Watch Rick Porcello strike out Tim Tebow on four pitches in his first spring training at-bat

Tim Tebow practicing his swing during batting practice last September. Wilfredo Lee / AP

Tim Tebow made his spring training debut for the New York Mets in a Grapefruit League game Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. The former Heisman Trophy winner-turned-NFL flameout-turned-professional baseball player’s first at-bat began with a round of applause from crowd in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

It ended quickly, courtesy of Rick Porcello.

After taking a first-pitch strike and a ball inside, Tebow took a big swing (and miss) at the AL CY Young award-winner’s third pitch. He went down looking at Porcello’s fourth pitch — much to the home crowd’s displeasure.

Tebow — batting eighth as the Mets’s designated hitter Wednesday — is continuing his pursuit of a professional baseball career after a rough stint last year with a Mets’s affiliate in the Arizona Fall League.

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He returned to the plate in the fourth inning Wednesday to face off against Red Sox pitcher Noe Ramirez with the bases loaded and no outs. The result was a 4-6-3 double play.

Tebow’s at-bat did, however, produce a run for the Mets, but — because of MLB rules — he was not credited with an RBI.

In his third at-bat, Tebow was hit by a high-and-inside pitch from Red Sox lefty Brian Johnson. But was shortly thereafter doubled-off after being caught too far off first base on a line drive.

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