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    Mehta-USA TODAY SportsAnybody tired of Spring Training yet? Well, tough, because
    the Padres will ride into Surprise Stadium today to face the Royals in yet
    another exhibition of baseball games that don’t count. After a fast start, the
    Royals have fallen to 8th in the Cactus League, losing three of their last four
    contests. If they want to capture that elusive Cactus League title, they’ll need
    stop surrendering runs at a rapid pace. Kansas City has scored at least eight
    runs in all three of their wins, but have surrendered at least nine runs in all
    three of their
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    , there is still plenty of time to capture the crown.Before
    we get started, here are a few interesting things to note:The battle for leadoff
    has come down to Adalberto Mondesi and Whit Merrifield. Our own Max Rieper wrote
    on the subject this morning. Mondesi wouldn’t be a prototypical lead off hitter,
    but the Royals have a history with that. Alex Gordon had a similar sprint speed
    to Russell Martin and Kurt Suzuki last season and still managed to be worth 7.2
    range runs above average in left field, as Rustin Dodd noted in an article
    yesterday ($).Gordon is legitimately a slow runner at this point in his career
    but he is still putting up elite zone metrics. Long live Alex. Whit Merrifield’s
    name is way cooler on Google than on the Royals roster. Here are the lineups for
    this afternoon’s action, with a slight change at DH for the Royals: Tim Tebow's
    pursuit of a spot in the major leagues will reportedly likely continue in
    2019.New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco revealed toNewsday's Tim
    Healey that the organization expects the former Heisman Trophy winner to return
    for a third professional baseball season."I'm sure that's his last impression of
    himself," Ricco told Healey. "I'd be surprised if he didn't want to continue."No
    word on what level the organization plans to have him start at in 2019.After
    struggling between two levels of Single-A (.226 average in 126 games) in his
    first professional season in 2017, Tebow spent the 2018 season with the
    Double-ABinghamton Rumble Poniesnd enjoyed some success. The 31-year-old hit
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    , 14 doubles, one triple and 36 RBI in 84 games.His solid
    performance earned him a spot on theEastern League All-Star team. He went
    1-for-4 with a double in the showcase game.Unfortunately, his season was cut
    when he suffered abroken handin July. That ended any and all talk of him
    possibly receiving a September call-up in what has been a lost season for the
    Mets.New York has given Tebow at-bats with the big-league squad during spring
    training in each of the past two years. While he is just 5-of-45 (.111 average),
    it does give him a chance to face advanced pitching. Plus, it brings fans to the
    ballpark.As long as Tebow is healthy coming March 2019, expect the Mets to give
    him more at-bats during the spring and see if he can build on the success he had
    this past season.While the critics will point out Tebow's numbers are nothing to
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    , it is important to note that he made major improvements
    from his first season to his second, and did so at a higher level. He still has
    a long way to go to prove he deserves a shot in the majors, but it appears as
    though he will have at least one more season to chase his dream.