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Tar Heels Announce Full Fall World Series Schedule
The UNC baseball team has finalized its annual Fall World Series dates for 2014. In addition to the three games this weekend, the Tar Heels will play six other intrasquad exhibitions, including three at historic ballparks in the state. UNC will open play this weekend beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. All three games are free to spectators.
Mets’ Matt Harvey spotted at Yankee Stadium for Derek Jeter’s final home game
Mets rehabbing ace Matt Harvey is in the Bronx for Derek Jeter’s final home game. He was spotted in the stands by YES network cameras. The Mets are currently playing against the Nationals in Washington. “Must not be a Rangers game tonight,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said.
Quick thoughts on offering Kyle Seager a contract extension
Based on his numbers this season, Kyle Seager will likely jump from the MLB minimum for his service time up to about $4 million next season. That’s deserving for an all-star level third baseman. And if his numbers continue to stay at that level, you can expect it jump up by about $2.5 to 3.5 million each season. So Seager could earn around $20-21 million over the next three seasons combined.
Kyle Seager builds on all-star season
Kyle Seager continues to progress as a front-line player in Major League Baseball. He hit his 25th home run Monday and upped his RBI total to 84 — both career highs. He’s played sparkling defense this season and has started the last 121 games. Seager was named to the American League All-Star team and has been the most consistent producer for Seattle.
Yankees' Adam Warren: Resurgence due to delivery tweak
Adam Warren is back, and a small tweak in his delivery is a big reason why. Warren shut down the Blue Jays en route to his third save of the season as the Yankees won, 5-3, Friday night. The 26-year-old struck out three and allowed no baserunners over the final 1 2/3 innings. It was just another part of a stellar September for the converted starter. He's got a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings this month.
Ackley Homers Twice, Seager Once as Mariners Top Astros
Dustin Ackley hit two solo homers, and Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit three-run shots as the Seattle Mariners cruised to a 10-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Ackley homered in the third and eighth innings for his second career multihomer game for the Mariners, who entered the day one game back for the second AL wild card spot.
Tar Heel Trio Headed To MLB Playoffs
Three former UNC baseball standouts are headed to the MLB playoffs after their teams clinched division titles this week. Andrew Miller and the Baltimore Orioles secure the AL East crown on Tuesday with a win over Toronto, while Chris Iannetta and Mike Morin of the Los Angeles Angels wrapped up the AL West title with a win and an Oakland loss on Wednesday.
Gold Glove Candidate – Kyle Seager
We’ve all seen Kyle Seager turn into one of the offensive leaders of this Mariners club, but Manager Lloyd McClendon wants to make sure people do not ignore his glove work at the hot corner. Seager’s defense ranks not just second amongst American League third basemen, he ranks as the second-best defensive player in the American League.
Mets' Matt Harvey hits 95 mph in final rehab bullpen session
On Monday, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who's recovering from October 2013 Tommy John surgery and who won't pitch this season, had a successful final bullpen session of 2014 according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com: "Matt Harvey was consistently throwing 95 mph in his final bullpen session of the year today, according to Sandy Alderson. #Mets" — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo).
Andrew Miller's slider: A brief appreciation
As you may have noticed, Baltimore Orioles lefty reliever Andrew Miller is having a rather handsome 2014 season. In 59 innings for the Red Sox and O's, he's pitched to a 1.98 ERA, and he's struck out a rather astounding 42.4 percent of hitters while walking just 7.0 percent of same. Bulletin: Those are very good numbers.
Angels reliever Mike Morin sees room for improvement
Mike Morin seemed agitated and upset after Tuesday night’s 9-3 win over the Texas Rangers, but the Angels reliever said it had nothing to do with a ninth-inning mound visit from Mike Scioscia, who appeared to have some stern words for the rookie right-hander.
Colin Moran Tries To Make His Own Way
Colin Moran’s promotion to Corpus Christi entailed no controversy, but the sixth overall pick in 2013 was a lightning rod nonetheless in his first full pro season. He opened at high Class A Jupiter in the Florida State League, and scouts who saw him there came away scratching their heads about the 21-year-old nephew of ex-big leaguer B.J. Surhoff.
Mike Roberts Named to ABCA Hall of Fame
The American Baseball Coaches Association is pleased to announce its five-member ABCA Hall of Fame class of 2015. Denney Crabaugh, Mark Fuller, Fred Hill, Ray Korn and Mike Roberts will be inducted on Jan. 3, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Mike Roberts led the University of North Carolina to nine NCAA Tournaments and two College World Series appearances in 21 seasons in Chapel Hill.
Kyle Seager feasting on home cooking
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is on pace for the second-best slugging percentage in a single season at Safeco Field for players with at least 150 plate appearances. Seager entered Saturday with a .586 slugging percentage in 269 plate appearances in 68 games this season at Safeco. The only player to do better is Ken Griffey, Jr.
After fixing mechanics, Dustin Ackley looking like new hitter
Lloyd McClendon doesn't know if Dustin Ackley is more confident now than earlier this season. But the Mariners manager does have a new nickname that reflects his stoic left fielder's barely-groomed black beard and North Carolina upbringing. "The 'Mountain Man' is a hard guy to read," McClendon said. More clear is Ackley's penchant for finding his rhythm at the plate as the season chugs along.