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Chansky’s Notebook: Old Dogs, New Tricks

Mike Fox is old school and new school rolled into one. UNC’s baseball coach is, shall we say, sly as a Fox. He might be an old dog in some eyes, having coached here for 20 seasons and taken six teams to the College World Series while winning more than 1400 games. But, unlike some peers, Fox is always open to new ideas that will make his team better.

Consistency is the Key for Kyle Datres

This season, Kyle Datres' winning mentality is showing more than ever at Boshamer Stadium and throughout ACC play. As he was in high school, he once again is the team leader in a variety of statistical categories. Datres leads the Diamond Heels in average (.340), hits (64), runs scored (48), doubles (13) and stolen bases (9) through Thursday. The key: consistency.

UNC Baseball Notebook: Duke Series, Keys, and Chemistry

On Thursday, UNC baseball coach Mike Fox, junior third baseman Kyle Datres, and sophomore right-handed pitcher Austin Bergner spoke to the media, conveying a focused confidence on the immediate challenge that lies ahead of them. This weekend's series against Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park is big, but you wouldn't know that after talking to the trio.

Kyle Seager hits 2 HRs, 1 a grand slam, as Mariners beat Blue Jays

One swing in the first inning gave the Seattle Mariners all the runs they needed to beat the Blue Jays. Kyle Seager hit two home runs, including his fourth career grand slam as Seattle topped Toronto 9-3 on Thursday. Seager gave the Mariners an early edge with a grand slam in the first and added a leadoff shot against Jake Petricka in the fifth, his seventh career multihomer game.

Matt Harvey's fresh start with the Cincinnati Reds will start with a start Friday

The Reds were vague about their plans for Matt Harvey after trading for him. They cleared that up in a big way Thursday. Harvey will start Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers here. He replaced Brandon Finnegan, who will be sent to Triple-A Louisville. “He’s healthy and ready to go. We'll get him out at a certain pitch count,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said.

Here are three things UNC baseball has to do to beat Duke

The Tar Heels have another important series starting Friday. UNC will play No. 13 Duke, winners of six consecutive games, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Blue Devils are having one of its best seasons in program history. "They're experienced, they're winning, they're confident, and it will be a tough task for us," North Carolina coach Mike Fox said about Duke.

Trade to Reds 'terrible' for Matt Harvey, says ESPN's Buster Olney

Buster Olney and Boog Sciambi talked during their ESPN Baseball Tonight podcast about the Cincinnati Reds' acquisition of pitcher Matt Harvey from the New York Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco - a deal the pair agreed was not in the best interest of Harvey. We'll find out soon. Harvey will join the Reds in Los Angeles, and is expected to start Friday against the Dodgers.

'Battle of the blues' comes to DBAP this weekend

A battle of the blues will break out this weekend at Durham Bulls Athletic Park as Duke and North Carolina fight for the top spot in the ACC Coastal Division. The third-ranked Tar Heels enter the crucial three-game set with a 2.5-game lead over the ninth-ranked Blue Devils. UNC third baseman Kyle Datres says the weekend will be about much more than a rivalry.

Ben Casparius off to ‘Heel’ of a start

Ben Casparius is no stranger to contributing as a freshman. Four years ago it happened at Staples High, where he stepped right in and became a force. History has a way of repeating itself and the freshman at the University of North Carolina is making an impact despite a limited role. Pitching out of the bullpen while being a pinch hitter, Casparius has excelled at both.

No. 3 Diamond Heels Travel To No. 9 Duke For Big Coastal Showdown

With a 2.5 game lead over No. 9 Duke in the ACC Coastal Division, No. 3 North Carolina will travel to Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a three-game series that begins Friday at 6 p.m. If the Tar Heels take two of three games from Duke, they will clinch the Coastal Division for the seventh time, and the first time winning it in consecutive years since 2012 and 2013.

A Dark Knight timeline: The rise and fall of Matt Harvey

With a move to the Cincinnati Reds, Matt Harvey's stay in New York has ended. A a former first-round pick and All-Star starter, the ace's high points made him a superstar at Citi Field, while the many low points won't soon be forgotten in Queens, either. As Harvey's career begins a new chapter with the Reds, we examine the journey that brought him to this crossroads.

Pirates' Colin Moran launches game-winning homer Wednesday

Pittsburgh's Colin Moran went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the White Sox. His blast off Nate Jones capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning and proved to be the game-winning hit. The 25-year-old only has three homers on the year, but the rookie's .283/.369/.434 slash line has been strong enough to keep the starting job at third base.

No. 3 UNC Baseball Falls On The Road To No. 19 Coastal Carolina, 5-2

No. 3 North Carolina fell, 5-2, to No. 19 Coastal Carolina on Wednesday night at Springs Brooks Stadium. Ike Freeman hit a two-run home run, his third of the year, while Brandon Riley went 2-3 with a run scored for the Tar Heels at the plate. Coastal Carolina got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning against Tar Heels starter Taylor Sugg.

Kyle Datres, UNC Baseball Focused Forward

Kyle Datres is a believer in looking ahead regardless of past successes. With No. 4 North Carolina (33-13, 18-6 ACC) sitting atop the ACC standings and Datres hitting a team-best .346, complacency could easily creep up. But Datres says that as the Tar Heels come out of their final exam break, they are trying to turn regular season momentum into a final push.

Chansky’s Notebook: Mets Stick It To Dark Knight

So Matt Harvey winds up with the Cincinnati Reds, perhaps the worst team in both leagues with a 9-27 record after their third win in the last 10 games against, you guessed it, the Mets! The small Red Machine’s starting rotation needs plenty of help and Harvey will get ample opportunity to fix what is broken. Harvey’s fall is like a black comedy for the Dark Knight.

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