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DENVER -- Kenta Maeda has heard plenty about Coors Field: How the balls keep flying and pitchers dont last too long.He just doesnt let it bother him.Maeda allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, rookie Corey Seager tied a Dodgers record for shortstops with his 19th home run and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.Maeda (10-7) gave up four hits and struck out five for the Dodgers, who lead the NL wild-card race. Maeda, who walked none and hit two batters, has allowed three runs in 18 2/3 innings against the Rockies, with 22 strikeouts and two walks.In Colorado, hes allowed two runs in 12 innings with 13 Ks.Im aware of the reputation that the balls fly further, Maeda said through a translator. But Im not thinking too much about that.Pedro Baez and Joe Blanton combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Kenley Jansen threw a hitless ninth for his 32nd save.Colorado scored 19 runs and had 28 hits in the first two games of the series. The Rockies lost for just the second time in nine games.We knew what to expect (with Maeda), Weiss said. Hes been tough on us. ... He pitches backwards and you never know what you are going to get.Tyler Chatwood (10-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for Colorado, which trails by three games for the NLs second wild card.David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the fourth and has hit safely in his first 10 games in the majors.I just want to get a great at-bat, Dahl said of his role on the surging Rockies. I want to contribute.With the Dodgers trailing 2-1, Seager hit a solo homer in the fifth that tied the Dodgers shortstop mark set by Hanley Ramirez in 2013. Yasmani Grandal had a two-run triple later in the inning.Howie Kendrick singled in a run in the fourth.For us to salvage the series was huge, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. This is a tough place to win.HOME FIELDINGIn the second inning, Joc Pedersons sharp groundball down the right-field line had a chance to score Grandal from first in the second inning, but a fan leaned over the wall and scooped up the ball. Pederson was given a double, and Maeda hit an inning-ending flyout. The fan was removed from the game.ICHIRO 3,000 WATCHMiamis Ichiro Suzuki comes to Coors Field two hits from becoming the 30th player to reach 3,000 in the major leagues. He is 0 for 10 since his last hit, on July 28. With left-hander Jorge De La Rosa starting for the Rockies, it is not clear whether Suzuki will start.DAYTON ADDED TO BULLPENThe Dodgers recalled LHP Grant Dayton from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned RHP Brock Stewart to Triple-A. Stewart allowed nine runs in four-plus innings in a 12-2 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: LHP Rich Hill (blister on hand) played catch Thursday and hopes to start for the Dodgers on Sunday against Boston. We havent locked it in, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, but I think our goal is for Rich to make the start on Sunday.Rockies: OF Daniel Descalso made a diving, head-first catch into the left field wall off the bat of Seager in the third. He left the game after the inning with a bruised left shoulder. ... OF Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup after spraining his left ankle in the seventh inning Wednesday. . SS Trevor Story (thumb) underwent surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Everything went well, manager Walt Weiss said. No surprises.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (9-4, 4.41 ERA) is to start Friday against Boston and knuckleballer Steven Wright. Kazmir allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings against Arizona on Saturday, his first loss in nearly three months.Rockies: De La Rosa (7-7) has thrown a quality start in seven of his last eight outings. Authentic Dansby Swanson Jersey . 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Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. The New York Mets announcement that theyre signing Tim Tebow to a minor league contract elicited the predictable array of snark and sarcasm from the teams fans on social media. Typical Mets, said a few cynical Mets die-hards, who are apparently unaware that the team did reach the World Series in 2015.Amid the negativity and resistance to Tebows being handed a uniform and given an opportunity to take his shot, the natural question is: Why?Why is it such an affront to the baseball community for a team to take a flier on a 29-year-old mega-athlete who can run a 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds and hit a baseball 450 feet (albeit in batting practice)?And whats so abhorrent about that pursuit generating interest in the game and selling some extra tickets in spring training or Tebows first minor league stop? Is Tebow fatigue so rampant and ingrained in the sporting consciousness that were not the least bit curious in seeing how this story plays out?I get it: The chances of Tebow ever making it to the majors are roughly equivalent to that of?Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor becoming Facebook friends.Tebow hasnt played organized ball since 2005, so hes 6,000 at-bats and hundreds of hours of backfield development time behind the curve. During his two-hour audition in Los Angeles last week, Tebow looked rigid and mechanical in the outfield and displayed a throwing arm that was surprisingly weak by former Heisman Trophy quarterback standards.Tebow looks imposing in a form-fitting T-shirt, but that 6-foot-3, 255-pound frame (with 7.3 percent body fat) isnt doing him any favors. Hes not busting through the line anymore in pursuit of the goal line, so he might want to pare back on the weightlifting.That said, I talked to several scouts at Dedeaux Field who found snippets of encouragement. One evaluator took note of Tebows weak arm but said the results were better when Tebow chased down balls on the run and came up throwing without obsessing over his mechanics. Former big league reliever David Aardsma, who threw live batting practice to Tebow, said after the workout that Tebow was gripping the bat too tightly and looks more natural on the back field when hes not trying to impress 40-something scouts.The Mets decision was a collaboration between chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Sandy Alderson, who took the plunge despite minimal interaction with the teams scouting folks or baseball operations people. That helps fuel the perception of the Tebow signing as a circus, publicity stunt, dog-and-pony show and all the other derogatory terms that will be used to characterize it in the coming weeks and months.The flip side is that Sandy Alderson is an innovator with a Hall of Fame-caliber résumé. So is Atlanta Braves?vice chairmaan John Schuerholz, who acquired two-sport stars Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan earlier in his career and was on board with the teams pursuit of Tebow.dddddddddddd While some clubs dispatched area scouts to Los Angeles to watch Tebow out of due diligence, the Braves sent special assistant Roy Clark and amateur scouting director Brian Bridges to the showcase and were serious from the outset. When Clark and Bridges delivered their scouting reports to the front office, there was a lot more discussion about Tebows bat speed than the potential impact on ticket sales with the Class A Carolina Mudcats.Baseball talent evaluators point out, correctly, that Michael Jordan failed in his brief fling with the game. But Jordan did hit .202 with 30 stolen bases for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, and Tebows swing is infinitely better than Jordans. After last weeks workout, USA Today quoted a scout who said Tebow looked like an actor trying to play baseball. Other than Robert Redford in The Natural, how many actors do you know who can hit a baseball farther than 400 feet?Could Tebow possibly block a young outfielder in the Mets system? Sure. But thats their problem, not ours. Could he generate a frenzy of attention in spring training at the expense of the other players? Yes. But thats a problem that ace PR man Jay Horwitz will have to address, not us.In the 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed two pitchers out of a reality TV show in India. They both washed out in the minor leagues, but the 2014 movie Million Dollar Arm grossed $39.2 million on a $25 million budget and garnered 63 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. If a publicity stunt is fun because it involves two scrappy, anonymous underdogs, why cant it be fun with a former Heisman Trophy winner whos a fish out of water?If this venture ends the way most people expect it to, Tebow will get discouraged by the bus trips and the failure in the minors and go back to his TV work with ESPN. If that happens, baseball purists can nod their heads in agreement and say, See, we told you this game is a lot harder than everybody thinks.Or maybe Tebow is less of a joke and sticks around for more than a season. Either way, he gets to see his quest through to fruition with no what ifs.For me, you pursue what you love regardless of what else happens, Tebow said last week in Los Angeles. If you fail or fall flat on your face, and thats the worst thing that can happen, its OK.In a roundabout way, that same thinking applies to his new employers, the Mets. Their partnership with Tebow might end with a big, fat oh-fer. But at least theyll know they tried. 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