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2hAdam Rubin

Tebow time: HR on 1st instructional league pitch

Tim Tebow hit an opposite-field home run on the first pitch of his first instructional league game with the New York Mets.

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5hDoug Mittler

Young pitchers proving helpful in speeding up pace of play

As commissioner Rob Manfred ponders bold measures for shortening game times, a nice trend has surfaced from within. Young pitchers are moving the game along quicker than their older counterparts.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Quick hook for Doug Fister today but it's a must-win for the Astros so A.J. Hinch had to go to the pen after Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first (his ninth against the Astros) and the Mariners have two on in the second. But Nori Aoki greets Kevin Chapman with an RBI single and it's 4-0.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The crowd chants "Jose" as Jose Fernandez's hearse passes by Marlins Park. Teammates and club personnel walk beside and behind it

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Jose Fernandez tribute began at 2 p.m. At 2:01, it started raining.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

"Rest in Peace Jose. We all love your charisma. Pitch well as God needed an ace."

Shawn Fitzgerald ESPN Producer 

About 10-15 scouts here at the Cardinals-Mets Instructional League game that Tim Tebow is playing in.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Rick Gerena, a Marlins fan from Coral Springs, Fla., talks about why Jose Fernandez's death is so devastating for the franchise and its fan base.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The crowd for Jose Fernandez continues to grow outside Marlins Park.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The space is quickly filling up with hundreds of personal messages to Fernandez.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs won their 101st game last night. Last time they won MORE than 100 games? How about 1910. William Howard Taft was president!

Pedro Gomez MLB 

Outside Marlins Park and @mets manager Terry Collins was jogging by. I had just heard Tim Tebow hit a home run in his first at-bat and stopped Collins to tell him. His eyes lit up and he said, "That is great news. Hey, you never know."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Fans are waiting in line to write personal messages on the pillar.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

About 150 people are on the West Plaza at Marlins Park for Jose Fernandez. Crowd is quickly growing.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

On the big screen outside Marlins Park.