TEBOW’S ST. LUCIE DEBUT RAINED OUT If he’s the world’s most popular minor league .220 hitter, that’s just fine with the new left fielder for the St. Lucie Mets. Called up to the New York Mets’ advanced Class A affiliate in the Florida State League earlier this week, Tim Tebow was supposed to bat eighth in his debut with his new club. First, though, he got an unplanned day off: The game was postponed after a deluge hit just before the scheduled first pitch.
Tebow went through batting practice under bright sun and shook hands on the field with some of his new teammates. He said he isn’t looking ahead, and for now remains focused on the process of getting better. “It’s a scary place to get caught up in, the ‘where’s this going to lead,’ ‘what’s going to happen to my future,’ ‘what is the next day,’” the 29-year-old Tebow said. “I get today. Tomorrow’s not promised. I’m going to make the most of today.”
FORMER MET ANTHONY YOUNG DIES Anthony Young, a former Mets pitcher known for the humor and grace with which he handled a major-league-record 27 straight losses from 1992 to 1993, died Tuesday in Houston, the team said in a statement. He was 51. Young had said earlier in the year that he had an inoperable brain tumor.
Young spent six years in the major leagues, including three with the Mets. He also pitched for the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros. He finished his career with a 15-48 record and 3.89 E.R.A. But the losing streak shaped his legacy. He garnered national attention during it, even going on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and receiving good-luck charms from fans.
On July 28, 1993, the Mets rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Florida Marlins, 5-4, ending Young’s streak. He received a bottle of Champagne from his manager and roses from fans after the game.
ARGUMENT LEADS TO SUSPENSION Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell was suspended one game after poking the umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an animated argument over the weekend. The dispute began Saturday after Red Sox reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels.
SCHERZER OUTPITCHES ARRIETA Max Scherzer allowed one run and two hits as the Nationals knocked out Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-1 victory in Washington in a showdown of the past two National League Cy Young Award winners.
AROUND THE MAJORS Adrian Beltre hit his 450th career home run, a solo drive in the ninth off Cody Allen that sent the Texas Rangers over the Indians, 2-1, in Cleveland. • Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth, helping the Reds top the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6, in Cincinnati. • J. D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered and Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-3, in Detroit. • David Freese misplayed a ground ball at third base, allowing Steven Souza Jr. to score in the 10th and giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-2 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. • Kevin Gausman won for the first time in four starts, Mark Trumbo hit an R.B.I. double and the Baltimore Orioles earned their third straight win with a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Ledecky and Adrian Qualify for U.S. Team
The Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian qualified for the American world championship team, with each winning signature events at the United States National Championships in Indianapolis.
Ledecky easily claimed the women’s 800-meter freestyle title in a time of 8 minutes 11.5 seconds. The defending Olympic and world champion won by 8.96 seconds over Leah Smith. Adrian reclaimed the men’s 100 freestyle title in 47.96 seconds, beating Caeleb Dressel by 0.01. Mallory Comerford defeated the American record-holder Simone Manuel in the women’s 100 freestyle with the world’s third-fastest time of the year, 52.81 seconds.
Serena Williams on Vanity Fair Cover
Serena Williams showed off her pregnancy with a nude photo on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair. Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, is seen in profile with her right arm covering her breasts and her pregnant stomach prominently on display. Williams and her fiancé, the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, will be married in the fall after the baby is born, the magazine reported. Williams said she “did a double take” and her heart “dropped” when she saw a positive test because it came just before the Australian Open — which she won.
Williams was lauded over the weekend by the former tennis star John McEnroe as the greatest female tennis player, “no question.” When asked on NPR how she would rank on the men’s tour, McEnroe said “like 700.” On Tuesday, McEnroe was asked on “CBS This Morning” if he wanted to apologize and said “no.”
A WASHOUT FOR DJOKOVIC Novak Djokovic completed just one game of his second-round match against Vasek Pospisil at the Eastbourne International before rain washed out the day’s play at the Wimbledon warm-up event in England.
Germany to Face Spain in Under-21 Final
Germany inflicted another penalty-shootout loss on England, this time in the semifinals of the Under-21 European Championship in Tychy, Poland. Goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck made a save against Nathan Redmond to clinch a 4-3 shootout win for the Germans, after the match ended, 2-2, after extra time. Germany will play Spain in the final Friday. Saul Niguez scored a second-half hat trick to send Spain to a 3-1 victory over 10-man Italy in Krakow.