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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Had a real nice chat with David Wright today. He actually walks the upper deck and other parts of the stadium a few hours before each game, since that's the only exercise he's permitted to do for now. He said stadium vendors are very friendly and are always offering him hotdogs and beer. Wright said his next neck exam is in early September. He has about 60 percent mobility with his neck now. It should get to about 95 percent within six months. Wright said he realized early on that the gates are open pretty early on Fridays and Saturdays at Citi Field. He was doing his daily walk when fans spotted him conspicuously wearing his Mets garb.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Tebow told reporters that he's determined to pursue baseball as hard as he can. He's not afraid of failing.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist and Dexter Fowler draw the rest days in Joe Maddon's lineup for Tuesday's Cubs-Pirates game. Javier Baez starts at second, batting leadoff while Matt Szczur is in center. Miguel Montero is catching Kyle Hendricks tonight.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Facing Blue Jays lefty and Cy Young contender J.A. Happ, the Orioles busted out their secret weapon today: VP of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson, also a southpaw, threw BP. Here's Anderson pitching to major-league home run leader Mark Trumbo.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell on lack of defined setup roles in Red Sox bullpen: "I'd love to be able to sit here and say that [innings] 7, 8, 9 are outlined regardless of matchups. We don't have that type of bullpen." Farrell will continue to match up in close games with Brad Ziegler vs. right-handed hitters, Clay Buchholz vs. lefties. He prefers Robbie Ross Jr., Matt Barnes to inherit runners in tight jams. Lefty Fernando Abad working way back into mix, too.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing new on Andrew Benintendi's recovery from a sprained left knee in large part because it takes a full week for a custom brace to be constructed. The rookie left fielder won't receive his brace until next week's series in San Diego, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, at which point Benintendi might be able to begin initiating baseball activities.

Tim Tebow’s career timeline

From high school recruit to MLB hopeful, a look back at Tim Tebow's career journey.


Cespedes, Hosmer among players pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights the players who will play a key role in their team's playoff chances and why they're so crucial. Game changers (Insider)

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz says an impingement is causing shoulder discomfort. He predicts he will pitch again this season, but his planned return from the DL on Thursday is off.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says the reports are there is no real structural damage with Steven Matz. The concern is about stiffness/tightness in Matz's shoulder, which returned during one toss whole throwing on flat ground Monday. Matz immediately was shut down.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins confirms Michael Conforto will join the team when the roster expands Thursday. Conforto will be "in the mix" for playing time, although Collins could not define what that means.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz is scratched for Thursday. His shoulder is not ready. Jacob deGrom moves up a day.

Tebow faces live pitching

Tim Tebow takes some cuts against former major leaguers Chad Smith and David Aardsma.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he's not privy to announce the specifics of Neil Walker's back injury, but Walker will need rest every several games once he returns to the lineup. He will not be playing five straight games without a day for the remainder of the season.

Katie Strang 

Tigers' INF/OF prospect JaCoby Jones said that getting to call his parents to inform them he'd be making his major-league debut tonight was the best phone call of his life. Lots of tears from mom, excitement from dad. They are making the trip up from Mississippi.

Tebow mashes a homer

Tim Tebow shows off his power by slugging one over the right field wall.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Martinez discusses his career-high 13 strikeouts last night, with the assistance of Cardinals interpreter Alexandra Noboa

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

"Tim Tebow work out was certainly good enough that someone will give him a chance. Running and Power were his best two tools" - a respected major league Scouting Director.