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UNC baseball's Zack Gahagan to return for senior season

So far Zack Gahagan has been drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds were the latest to grab the former North Henderson baseball star. The Reds drafted the UNC player in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball draft last Wednesday. Gahagan, however, has decided to return to the Tar Heels for his senior season. (Hendersonville Times-News)

Degrees In Hand, UNC Baseball Alums Take On New Challenges

With professional baseball careers behind them, Andrew Carignan and Tim Fedroff are pointed toward their next successes and took a big step in that direction on May 14 when they both graduated from UNC. The two are latest in a long line of Carolina baseball players who have left school early for professional careers but made returning for their degrees a priority. (

Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona on lefty Andrew Miller: "I think I pitched him too much''

It is the thin line that every manager walks: do everything necessary to win today, but don't wear out your best arms for tomorrow. Francona says he momentarily crossed that line with Andrew Miller. It's why Miller pitched the ninth inning Saturday night in the second game of a doubleheader and again on Sunday as the Indians swept a four-game series from the Twins. (

Matt Harvey pitched with a broken bone in his shoulder

Matt Harvey’s velocity just wasn’t there on Wednesday, and even though he picked up five strikeouts against one walk, he also gave up three homers and lasted just four innings and 58 pitches. The Mets were concerned about what Terry Collins described as being a “tired arm,” so they sent Harvey to the hospital: It turns out Harvey has a broken bone in his shoulder. (SB Nation)

Bukauskas, Warmoth ABCA/Rawlings First-Team All-Americans

The 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-America teams have been released by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods, and North Carolina juniors J.B. Bukauskas and Logan Warmoth were both named to the first team. Bukauskas and Warmoth have pulled in a number of honors following their standout seasons. (

Cleveland Indians' Andrew Miller: 'I think I'm a better pitcher than I've shown the last two nights'

Andrew Miller has been so good for so long that when he isn't good it looks like an optical illusion. But when Miller gets attacked by a Kiki Hernandez's tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning as he did Wednesday, well, that ball isn't coming back. And the Dodgers' 6-4 victory is going to count as much Thursday as it did Wednesday after 3 hours and 35 minutes of baseball. (

Cody Roberts and Zack Gahagan taken on final day of MLB Draft

Catcher Cody Roberts got the call in the 38th round by the Miami Marlins, where he will be joining teammate Miller with the Fish. Somewhat surprisingly, the Marlins decided to list Roberts as a right-handed pitcher instead of a catcher. Zack Gahagan, who was used all over the infield in his time with the Heels, got the call in the 39th round as a pick of the Cincinnati Reds. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC’s Gianluca Dalatri Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Coming off a fabulous debut season in Chapel Hill, it was announced last week that UNC freshman right-hander Gianluca Dalatri has earned himself a spot on the USA Baseball National Collegiate Team. Dalatri was named to the Freshman All-American team in 2017, after posting a 7-3 record with a 3.34 ERA at UNC this past year. (

Mets' Matt Harvey out several weeks with stress injury

New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is expected to miss several weeks after an MRI and CT scan on his arm revealed a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder, the team said Thursday. The Mets said Harvey received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will begin rehab until pain-free. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list Friday. (

UNC Baseball Summer Placements

Wednesday was opening night in the Cape Cod League, and 12 Tar Heels will be spending their summers playing in the prestigious Massachusetts wooden bat league. In all, twenty-five UNC baseball players will be competing in summer leagues in 2017. In addition, Gianluca Dalatri will compete with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which trains in Cary, North Carolina. (

Chansky’s Notebook: Plenty Left In Cupboard For UNC Baseball

The MLB draft had good news and a bit of bad for UNC. The fact that only three Tar Heel players were drafted on the first day means that Mike Fox has a young team that will be very good again next season. The bad news for UNC came from one of those high school stars who signed with the Tar Heels but then was drafted high enough to get a big bonus from a Major League club. (

Reds draft Zack Gahagan in 39th round

For the second time in his life, former North Henderson High baseball standout Zack Gahagan got the call every player dreams about. On Wednesday in the third day of the Major League Baseball 2017 Draft, the UNC junior infielder was selected in the 39th round by the Cincinnati Reds. That call came three years after the last time he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Blue Ridge Now)

J.B. Bukauskas Named Golden Spikes Finalist

USA Baseball named the four finalists for the 2017 Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday, and UNC right-hander J.B. Bukauskas is among the finalists. The Golden Spikes Award is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation and for the fourth consecutive year the award will be presented live on ESPN's SportsCenter on Thursday, June 29. (

What J.B. Bukauskas brings to the Houston Astros

With the No. 15 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros have selected UNC right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas. The 6-foot, 190-pound righty emailed scouts from all 30 teams in 2014, notifying them that he didn’t want to be drafted. The Arizona Diamondbacks took a flier on him in the 20th round, but he held true and started his tenure in Chapel Hill. (FanRag Sports)

Matt Harvey's suspension may have been the best thing for him

Just over a month removed from the suspension he received for skipping a game, claiming he had migraines — he later admitted he had stayed out late the previous night and then played golf in the morning — Matt Harvey at least seems refocused on his job. Terry Collins noted the right-hander is either the first player arriving to the ballpark each day or among the first. (New York Post)

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