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Tim Tebow’s 1st triple highlights latest week in the minors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow had his best pro baseball game this week, going 3 for 4 with his first-ever triple with the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets Class A affiliate.

The former NFL quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy also scored wo runs scored in the Fireflies’ victory over the Asheville (North Carolina) Tourists last Wednesday. Columbia went 2-1 against Asheville and 1-3 against the Hickory (North Carolina) Crawdads.

A look at how Tebow fared overall in the week.

HIGHLIGHT: Tebow’s first pro triple was his third and final hit in the game against Asheville. Tebow drove the ball to right field and never let up around second. His head-first slide easily beat the throw to third.

AT THE PLATE: Tebow went 6 of 21 (.285) last week. He scored five runs and had six strikeouts as the Fireflies went 3-4 on the week. Tebow is batting .237 for the season (18 of 76).

IN THE FIELD: Tebow played four games in left field this week, collecting his first assist when he threw out a runner at second on Tuesday against Asheville.

DAY OFF: Tebow, 29, was given Saturday off before returning to the lineup Sunday.

FAN FAVORITE: Hickory (North Carolina) drew 17,500 for its four games with Columbia. It had just 15,900 total in its first eight home games.

TEBOW MOVING UP? The talk around Tebow earlier in the week was that his improved performance at the plate might mean a promotion. Columbia manager Jose Leger says there’s no timetable for when or if Tebow will leave the Fireflies.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Fireflies get a day off Monday before opening a seven-game homestand. They will play three games with the Delmarva (Maryland) Shorebirds and four against the Lakewood (New Jersey) Blueclaws.

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