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Reliever Mike Morin on rehab assignment in Salt Lake as he nears return to Angels
Mike Morin is counting the days. “Thirty-five days feels like a long time,” he said. The right-hander last threw for the Angels on May 23, before succumbing to a left oblique strain, interrupting what had been a sometimes-challenging sophomore season after Morin had established himself as a solid option out of the bullpen a year ago.
Yankees send RHP Adam Warren to bullpen after 14-game stint in rotation
For the month of June, Adam Warren has arguably been the New York Yankees' most reliable starting pitcher. However, he will start July out of the starting rotation and back in the bullpen. Warren was informed by the Yankees following their 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that he would not make his scheduled start Wednesday, but would instead report back to the bullpen, where he is likely to work as the setup man.
Benton Moss Named To All-ACC Academic Team
North Carolina senior pitcher Benton Moss was named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth time in his career, Commissioner John Swofford announced Monday. Moss, who graduated in May and recently started his professional career after being drafted in the sixth round by Tampa Bay, was also named to the All-ACC third team as a starting pitcher after going 7-1 with a 3.44 ERA.
Matt Harvey admits to unforeseen post-surgery struggles
Matt Harvey looks like an ace again — allowing one run or fewer for the third straight start, Saturday against the Reds — after enduring the worst stretch of his career, but the Mets’ star said he still doesn’t feel quite normal since undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing all of last season. “I’m finding that it’s a lot [tougher] than I anticipated, and it was earlier in the season,” Harvey said.
Michael Russell back from injury with a bang
Assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades, Michael Russell made the most of his pro debut. In the Renegades’ season-opener at Aberdeen on June 19, Russell cracked a two-run home run on the second pitch he saw at Ripken Stadium. “People say it all the time, but you come back wanting to play so much,” Russell said. “It’s really cliché for people who are hurt, but it’s true.”
Alex White Back Home in South with Gwinnett Braves
Alex White's comeback from Tommy John surgery hasn't gone as planned, but the North Carolina native, back home in the south, is finally feeling a little more like his old self. White allowed one hit over seven innings in his third start for the Braves and Jose Peraza lined a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth as Triple-A Gwinnett blanked Pawtucket, 1-0, on Friday night at McCoy Stadium.
Yankees' Adam Warren pitches well (again), but his future remains uncertain
On Thursday, for the fourth time in 14 starts this season, Yankees' starter Adam Warren exited a game after pitching five 2/3 innings. This isn't bad, especially for a guy who's the No. 5 starter on a pretty good ball club. But even with the solid outing, it may still not be enough for Warren to stay in New York's starting rotation.
UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
After finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th.
Summer Baseball Dispatches: Brian Miller
I hope you have had an enjoyable summer thus far! My time with the Holly Springs Salamanders has been awesome and I’ve had a lot of fun playing and building new relationships. Seeing Virginia win the National Championship was great for the ACC, but witnessing that will definitely motivate us for next year. I know we’re all really anxious to get back on the field and play in front of you.
Andrew Miller hits his stride as Yankees’ closer
Before he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2006, Andrew Miller put together one of the most decorated seasons by a pitcher in North Carolina baseball history. During his junior year, Miller compiled a 13-2 record with a 2.48 ERA in 123.1 innings and won several national player of the year awards. He would leave UNC as the program’s leader in strikeouts with 325, and looked to continue that success in the major leagues.
Tar Heel Draft Picks Assigned To MiLB Clubs
A number of recent Carolina baseball players who were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft began their professional careers this month, as clubs completed the process of assigning players to minor league teams. Seniors Benton Moss and Trevor Kelley as well as juniors Skye Bolt, Korey Dunbar, Landon Lassiter and Trent Thornton pushed the number of Tar Heels in Minor League Baseball to 22.
Andrew Miller: Yankees won't need caution when I return
There will be no Miller Rules. When Yankees closer Andrew Miller was effectively shut down for a month with a forearm strain June 10, he said it was a "fatigue issue," meaning that overuse might have caused the injury. But on Monday, Miller told NJ Advance Media that there won't be any attempt to curb Miller's innings or lighten his workload going forward and that he believes manager Joe Girardi didn't lean too heavily on him.
Yankees' starter Adam Warren pitching great, but is he destined for the bullpen?
Lost to the night that belonged to Alex Rodriguez, Yankees' starter Adam Warren pitched one of the team's best games of the season Friday night. Warren threw eight innings and allowed two runs against the Tigers, pasting six straight zeros across the board after the second inning.
Dustin Ackley fills in well at second base
Dustin Ackley’s infield glove is still sitting in his locker, even though, prior to this week, he hadn’t played there in a competitive game in more than a year. “I still keep it loosened up,” Ackley said, “and make sure it doesn’t go bad.” The converted outfielder has kept his skills sharp, too, taking daily ground balls just in case. On Thursday, Ackley’s diligence paid off.
Trevor Kelley Signs With Red Sox
The Red Sox announced the signings of five of their 2015 draft choices on Friday. Trevor Kelley, sixth all time in UNC history in appearances, "grew up wanting to play for the Red Sox. This couldn’t have been a better scenario for me." The rubber-armed reliever appeared in 41 games in 2015 for the Tar Heels, ranking third in Division 1. Bonus amounts were not reported for any of the five signees.