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Mets' Matt Harvey fires five shutout innings

Matt Harvey did not allow a run over five innings of work Friday against the Braves, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out three. He did not factor into the decision in the Mets' 3-2 loss. A high pitch count forced Harvey out of the game early. He threw 68 of his 104 pitches for strikes. (CBS Sports)

2017 State Baseball Draft Report: North Carolina

The state of North Carolina should easily tie the record this season, with a pair of North Carolina products expected to go in the first round—righthander J.B. Bukauskas and shortstop Logan Warmoth—along with prep players who offer extremely high ceilings in Whiteville High lefthander MacKenzie Gore and North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.) High outfielder Austin Beck. (Baseball America)

Pirates promote Jacob Stallings with Francisco Cervelli headed to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates swapped catchers on Wednesday, promoting Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis due to Francisco Cervelli hitting the seven-day concussion disabled list. The call-up to the majors marks the first of the season for Stallings. He made his debut last June and fared quite well in the five games he played in last season. (FanRag Sports)

North Carolina’s baseball team had a season to remember

Despite an abrupt and disappointing end to the season on Sunday night, the season was not a failure like various message board and Twitter “fans” would have you believe. A season in which the team finished with a record of 49-14, as Coastal Division champions, and didn’t lose a single ACC series is not a failure. (Tar Heel Blog)

Gianluca Dalatri Named To USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

UNC freshman right-hander Gianluca Dalatri has been added to the 2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster. Dalatri, a freshman All-American who went 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA, will participate with the CNT in a pair of series against domestic and international competition. Dalatri is the third Tar Heel in the last five years to earn a spot on the Collegiate National Team. (

Chris Iannetta proves why he's valuable to Diamondbacks

Chris Iannetta’s body language, speech and stare give the impression of a man in charge. Advanced defensive statistics show he’s earned that bearing. Iannetta, who got the start Thursday in the series finale against San Diego, and fellow catcher Jeff Mathis are among the major-league leaders in framing, the art of creating strikes, according to data tracking websites. (Arizona Republic)

J.B. Bukauskas A Finalist For Dick Howser Trophy

Pitcher J.B. Bukauskas of North Carolina, Louisville P/1B Brendan McKay, Mississippi State 1B Brent Rooker and Oregon State pitcher Jake Thompson are the four finalists for the prestigious 31st annual awarding of the Dick Howser Trophy. The winner will be announced on Saturday, June 17, at a 10 a.m. (CT) national news conference at TD Ameritrade Park. (

Three Tar Heels Earn First-Team All-America Honors From Baseball America

J.B. Bukauskas, Josh Hiatt and Logan Warmoth were named first-team All-Americans by Baseball America, the venerable publication announced Thursday. With three first-teamers, Carolina matches Oregon State for the most top selections nationally. The ACC Pitcher of the Year, Bukauskas led the Tar Heels on Friday nights with a 9-1 record and a 2.53 ERA. (

Josh Hiatt Among Stopper Award Final Five

Two juniors, a sophomore and a pair of freshmen are among the five finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, announced Wednesday, and UNC redshirt freshman Josh Hiatt is among those listed. Hiatt was a workhorse for the Tar Heels, who garnered the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. (

Dalatri, Hiatt, McGee Earn Freshman All-America Baseball Honors

Gianluca Dalatri, Josh Hiatt and Ashton McGee were named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team, announced Wednesday. Dalatri, a right-hander from Wall Township, New Jersey, went 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 15 starts his rookie season. Charlotte product Hiatt was a bullpen stalwart who registered 13 saves and had a 0.29 ERA in ACC competition. (

Andrew Miller Doesn’t Have Any Saves, And He’s The Best Reliever In Baseball

Cleveland’s Andrew Miller is the sort of pitcher we had in mind when we developed the goose egg, our replacement for the save stat that rewards pitchers for throwing scoreless relief innings in clutch situations. Miller isn’t the Indians’ closer and in fact, Miller doesn’t have a single save yet this season. But no reliever has contributed more to his team’s bottom line. (FiveThirtyEight)

UNC's 2017 mantra achieved despite early NCAA exit

“Tomorrow, we’re gonna put two back up,” head coach Mike Fox of North Carolina said Wednesday prior to the Chapel Hill Regional, opener against Davidson. The 2017 UNC baseball team had come up with the mantra: “two back up” this season after Fox removed the two big, blue NCAA logo stickers off the outfield walls of Boshamer Stadium this past fall. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Two controversial ninth-inning outs doom Tar Heels

With the game-tying run on third with two outs, Michael Busch chopped one to first base resulting in a bang-bang play for the final out. Davidson pitcher Durin O'Linger appeared to be off the bag when he received the throw. This freeze frame of his foot proves inconclusive, or does it? UNC coach Mike Fox wasn't in the mood for excuses after the game. (Carolina Blue)

Abrupt End to UNC Baseball's Stellar Season

Sometimes it’s only a couple of plays that determine the outcome of a game, or in No. 2 national seed North Carolina’s case on Sunday, a season. Davidson starter Josh Hudson knew he could be effective against the Tar Heel bats. After all, he threw nearly six innings of no-hit ball at Boshamer Stadium on May 9. The problem was his control last month. (Inside Carolina)

For UNC, season-ending defeat against Davidson is ‘just miserable’

These were the sort of circumstances that had inspired some of UNC's best moments during the past four months, a season of renewal and rebirth for a baseball program that had long been one of the nation's strongest, before a three-season slump. The Tar Heels thrived in situations like these. And then the end came, and suddenly there was no more fighting to be done. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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