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UNC transfer Zach Daly powering Lander at Division II CWS
Zach Daly was good enough to be recruited to UNC after a standout career at Forestview, and helped the Tar Heels earn a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. But he was never able to secure a spot in the everyday lineup. So after two seasons of only part-time duty, he opted for a change of scenery and transferred to Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.
Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery
Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder this week, ending his season. It’s unclear whether Ackley will be ready for the start of next season, but manager Joe Girardi said he hopes the infielder/outfielder will be “close to ready” next spring.
The Yankees will use Austin Romine as the backup first baseman for the immediate future.
J.B. Bukauskas To Join USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
North Carolina sophomore right-hander J.B. Bukauskas has accepted an invitation to join the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Bukauskas, who was 7-2 with 111 strikeouts in his second season as a Tar Heel, becomes the 27th player in program history to represent UNC on a United States national team.
Astros option Colin Moran back to Class AAA Fresno
As the rest of his teammates showered, dressed and readied for a Monday night off, Colin Moran packed his bags for Albuquerque, N.M. The Astros optioned Moran back to Class AAA Fresno after their 8-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The move corresponded with the pending return of center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Matt Harvey shuts down White Sox, wins back Mets fans
This summer, you'll hear it again, Terry Collins told Matt Harvey. Who knew it could happen this month? Who knew it could happen this fast? Eleven days after he was booed off the Citi Field mound after the worst start of his career, Harvey heard New York Mets fans chanting his name Monday, after a start that was right up there with his best.
UNC Baseball's RPI Not Enough for NCAAT Bid
North Carolina’s difficult schedule and its 14 wins over RPI Top-50 opponents was not enough to overcome its 13-17 ACC record on Monday as Mike Fox’s club was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. UNC (34-21, 13-17 ACC) lost 19 of its final 35 games and six of its final eight ACC series to miss out on last week's ACC Tournament for the first time since 2010.
UNC Misses NCAA Baseball Tournament for 2nd Straight Season
The ACC set a record with 10 teams in the NCAA Baseball Tournament but the Selection Committee was unwilling to make it 11 as the Tar Heels miss the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. The Tar Heels end the season 34-21 and 13-17 in ACC play. There was some measure of hope for UNC given the reliance on the RPI in setting the regional hosts.
Decision Day: Will UNC Make the NCAA Tournament in Baseball?
Can UNC sneak into the NCAA Baseball Tournament field after missing the ACC Tournament? That question will be answered today at noon when the NCAA Tournament field is announced. UNC is in a peculiar situation. The Tar Heels failed to make the ACC Tournament, which feels like it settles the question. However, UNC's RPI is stout.
Astros’ Colin Moran records first MLB hit
Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran finally recorded his first career hit. Playing in his fifth game since being called up from Triple-A Fresno, Moran took a Matt Shoemaker pitch to center field in the fifth inning of Houston’s matchup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The former sixth-overall pick of the 2013 draft had gone 0-for-his-first-13 in the majors.
Matt Harvey, E.R.A. at 6.08, Prepares for His Next Start
Matt Harvey wore a batting practice cap and an undershirt to the mound on Friday at Citi Field, long before fans were allowed inside. The uniform will be different on Monday, and the stands will be packed. But the setting — on a diamond, with hitters up there to swing — mattered most.
UNC baseball coach takes shot at South Carolina
North Carolina’s baseball team is in danger of missing the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Perhaps that was the motivation behind UNC head coach Mike Fox taking to Twitter on Friday night to make a case for his team, albeit with a dig toward the South Carolina Gamecocks. UNC defeated South Carolina 15-0 on April 13 in Charlotte.
Chansky’s Notebook: The Harvey Rules
They are calling the Dark Knight the Pale Pawn. Former Tar Heel Matt Harvey made it big in the majors a year after he joined the Mets in 2013. That’s when his menacing beard and tough-guy demeanor on the mound made him an all-star and gave him his nickname, which he played to the hilt as a man about town. Things aren’t so good for the Dark Knight these days.
Astros' Colin Moran struggling in first stint of majors
Colin Moran's transition to facing major-league pitching has not been a smooth one. A week into his Astros' tenure, the left-handed hitting third baseman remains in search of his first hit. Moran is hitless in his first 12 major league at-bats with six strikeouts. The former sixth-overall draft pick struck out four times in his third big-league start on Tuesday.
Boshamer Stadium grounds crew reaps beauty from the grass
Even during the baseball team’s offseason, the grounds crew works with the field, growing Bermuda grass and re-sodding while keeping the field pristine for summer camps. When the baseball field doesn’t demand much attention, the grounds crew will turn their attention to UNC’s other athletic fields — including Fetzer Field, Navy Field and Kenan Stadium.
How the Cubs are helping former UNC baseball player and coach Mike Roberts through a terrible time
He walked into the Cubs' clubhouse in San Francisco last Friday, scared and nervous, as if he was a little kid. Mike Roberts, 66, has been in baseball more than 45 years. But he had never traveled with a major-league team, not even with his son, former major leaguer Brian Roberts. He certainly had never walked into a major-league clubhouse during the regular season.