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Why NY Mets' Matt Harvey should not feel like a "scumbag" for following his ambitions
Matt Harvey was deeply mortified by that Men’s Journal story last week that represented his latest exploration of the ambition that is clearly coursing through him, looking for form and release.
Milwaukee Brewers call up Rob Wooten
A ninth player will make his major-league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers this season with the news that reliever Rob Wooten had his contract selected from Class AAA Nashville this afternoon. Wooten, 27, was a 13th-round pick of the Brewers in 2008. He's 0-1 with a 2.94 earned-run average and 20 saves as the Sounds' closer, and was selected to pitch in the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game last week.
Dustin Ackley’s hard work starting to pay off
After being demoted to Triple-A Tacoma in May and converting to the outfield with Nick Franklin’s emergence at second base, Dustin Ackley is fighting his way back to being a big league hitter. Sunday offered a glimmer of hope. Ackley went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Mariners’ 12-5 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Matt Harvey gets some heady comparisons off the All Star Game
Matt Harvey has not only captured the attention on New York, he’s gotten the attention of some major-league talent. During the All-Star festivities, former Met Carlos Beltran compared the young righthander to Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Roger Clemens. Terry Collins, who served as a coach to the National League squad, said Beltran said Harvey was the best of the bunch he had faced.
Colin Moran has lofty expectations
Colin Moran is only 20 and fresh off a college career at North Carolina. But he has a professional pedigree. Moran is ready for this. But he knows he’s a long way from the bright lights of Miami. But there he was, digging in and fidgeting with his batting gloves as he did at UNC, as he’d done all his life. On a 2-2 pitch, with his whole life ahead of him, Moran turned on one.
Matt Harvey wants to live like Derek Jeter
In uniform, Matt Harvey tends to look burly – his jowls puffed out, his face bejeweled with sweat, a bulge of chew in his lower lip – but in person he is endearingly boyish: clean-cut, his jet-black hair neatly parted, a placid glow in his blue eyes. In an era when so many athletes hide behind veils of false modesty or manufactured swagger, Harvey projects a veteran's confident cool: He's having a great time, and he wants you to know it.
Producing right away in pro debut: Moran homers in first at-bat
Colin Moran wasted no time making the Miami Marlins look like they made a good investment. The former North Carolina third baseman smacked a solo home run in his first at-bat as a professional player, clubbing the ball out of NewBridge Bank Park on Wednesday night as a member of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. “It was good to get the nerves out,” Moran said.
Colin Moran homers in first professional at-bat
Colin Moran knows how to make a strong first impression.
The North Carolina product homered in his first professional at-bat Wednesday as the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 4-3. Moran, who was selected with the sixth overall pick in June’s MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, hit the home run to right on a 2-2 pitch from Dan Camarena.
Matt Harvey pitches two scoreless innings, but AL stars beat NL
On one electric night, on the same remarkable stage, one New York superstar wrote the latest line in the final chapter of his career, and the other added onto what may be a wonderful beginning. In his final All-Star Game appearance, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless eighth inning. In his first, Mets righthander Matt Harvey started and pitched two scoreless innings for the National League.
And the winners of the 2012-13 ACCSPYs are...
There won’t be any celebrity sightings or a classy red carpet to greet them upon their arrival to the show, as there will be tomorrow at the ESPY Awards ceremony in New York. The ACCSPYs are, after all, fictitious. But the votes are all in and the ballots have been counted. So without further ado, here are the winners of the ACC version of the real-life ESPYs. The envelopes, please.
Audio: David Glenn Interviews Mike Fox
UNC baseball coach Mike Fox talks with David Glenn about his former player Matt Harvey. Among the topics discussed: The type of player Harvey has become as he prepares to be the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star game; how Fox went about recruiting Harvey and what helped him make the decision to become a Tar Heel; how his UNC teammates have helped him along the way.
Colin Moran to make professional debut on Wednesday in Greensboro
Colin Moran is coming to a stadium near you. Well, somewhat near you, if you live in the Triangle area. Moran, the former North Carolina third baseman whom the Miami Marlins selected with the sixth pick in the Major League Baseball draft, will play on Wednesday with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Marlins’ Class A minor league affiliate.
Matt Harvey, 'tough as nails,' rises to stardom
Armed with a 98-mph fastball and a growing portfolio of modeling photos, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will take to a familiar mound under brighter lights today at Citi Field as the National League starter for the All-Star Game. Harvey's All-Star start in New York might be coincidental. But the 24-year-old's emergence as a superstar — in a city for which he seems tailor-made — is not.
Lucas: A Star Is Born
Tonight, Matt Harvey will toe the rubber at Citi Field for what is probably the most important start of his baseball career. It will certainly be the most-watched start of his baseball career, as he starts for the National League in the major league baseball All-Star Game. But it will not be his best start. That happened in front of exactly 5,391 individuals. It was in Clemson. And it was electric.
UNC baseball staff ready for Harvey’s All-Star debut
North Carolina coach Mike Fox never has been to the All-Star Game. Then again, he’d never had a player give him tickets. That will change Tuesday. Fox, pitching coach Scott Forbes and recruiting coordinator Scott Jackson will be at Citi Field in New York to watch former Tar Heels star Matt Harvey start for the National League.