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Reliever Andrew Miller gets an ovation, then out of a jam, in Orioles debut
Before his name was even announced over the speakers at Camden Yards, the announced crowd of 39,487 stood and gave Orioles reliever Andrew Miller a rousing ovation as he jogged from the bullpen to the mound Friday night. “Pretty cool reception,” said Miller, the newest member of the Orioles’ bullpen.
A look at what Orioles players said about new teammate Andrew Miller
After the Orioles added left-hander Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox shortly before Thursday's nonwaiver trade deadline, it brought predictably positive reactions from the home clubhouse at Camden Yards. And for good reason. Orioles hitters have routinely struggled against their new teammate, going a combined 9-for-54 against Miller with 15 strikeouts and five walks.
My Carolina Experience: Kent Emanuel
Kent Emanuel attributes his ability to make this mental transition from simply being a talented and very driven player into a leader to his participation in the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy. It was through the CLA that Emanuel was able to take the tangible feedback he got from his teammates and use it to help make him better for the team in so many ways.
Tar Heels In MLB Summer Update
Adam Warren, New York Yankees, Years at UNC: 2006-09: Warren continues to be a valuable bullpen piece for the Yankees, and he has been used often in his second season as a full-time reliever. Now in his second full season in the big leagues, Warren has appeared in 48 games out of the pen, registering a 3.25 ERA and collecting two saves.
Trade to Houston Astros a 'whirlwind' for Colin Moran
Colin Moran and his brother, Brian, exchanged text messages Wednesday afternoon, just around the time baseball's trade deadline passed. When Brian, a pitcher in the Angels organization, read his brother's club had acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart from the Astros, he passed along the news. The response came back from Colin: "I wonder who is in it?" It turned out Moran himself was a central piece.
Mariners' Ackley doesn’t worry about where he bats in lineup
Left fielder Dustin Ackley, back atop the Seattle Mariners lineup, contends one popular view for the leadoff role — making a concerted effort to see pitches — is a counter-productive approach. At least for him. Ackley served as the Mariners' leadoff hitter Wednesday for the second straight game. He was 3-for-5 in Tuesday's victory when he filled the role for the first time since last season.
Houston Astros land Colin Moran in 6-player deal
The Marlins announced shortly after the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed that they sent three prospects, including Colin Moran -- their top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft -- to Houston in exchange for Astros starter Jarred Cosart, utility player Kiké Hernandez and outfield prospect Austin Wates. Moran hit .294 with five homers, 21 doubles and 33 RBIs in 89 games for Class A Advanced Jupiter.
Red Sox trade Andrew Miller to Orioles
Andrew Miller is the latest Red Sox pitcher headed out of town. The Red Sox traded Miller to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. The Red Sox will receive minor-league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who is assigned to the Double A Bowie Baysox. Miller is a quality lefthanded reliever who is 3-5 with a 2.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 42? innings this season.
Mariners move hot-hitting Dustin Ackley to leadoff spot
In 11 games since the All-Star break, Ackley is hitting .444 (20 for 45) with seven doubles and one triple. Ackley says he won’t change anything — he’ has done it enough to know that you can’t do that and hit leadoff. He won’t be trying to channel Rickey Henderson. “In Triple A, when I started leading off, I think it was kind of getting those thoughts out of your head,” he said.
Confident Mike Morin shows his value as Angels reliever
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked a few days ago if rookie reliever Mike Morin gained confidence from a strikeout of Miguel Cabrera. He shook his head and chuckled a bit. Morin, he explained, is not lacking confidence. An example off the field, one that occurred way before he was even drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, perfectly illustrates Scioscia's point.
Dustin Ackley continues hot hitting in July
This is the Dustin Ackley the Seattle Mariners have been waiting for. And with the outfielder’s newfound success in the batter’s box has come a new position in the lineup, one that manager Lloyd McClendon believes best suits Ackley, so long as he sustains the approach that has led to a productive July. Sunday’s effort boosted Ackley’s July batting average to .375, and bumped his season average to .251.
Mariners tab Kyle Seager for Heart and Hustle Award
All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager was selected Tuesday as the Mariners' nominee for the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award from the MLB Players Alumni Association. Seager is one of 30 finalists for the award. The honor is presented to a player who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of Major League Baseball.
Dustin Ackley robs homer with leaping grab, joins 'catch of the year' discussion
You'll excuse Dustin Ackley if he's not as graceful as some of the outfielders who often get associated with great leaping catches. Ackley, the Seattle Mariners left fielder these days, was a second baseman until mid 2013. But his impressive leaping grab Monday night to steal a home run from Travis d'Arnaud of the New York Mets, proved that Ackley is a real outfielder now.
Reilly Hovis Named To Cape Cod All-Star Team
UNC rising junior Reilly Hovis will represent the Orleans Firebirds in the 2014 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. Hovis will suit up for the East Division squad at Doran Park on Sunday, July 27. A first-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore at UNC, Hovis has continued his standout 2014 in the Cape. The Gastonia, N.C., product has a 1.39 ERA in 19.1 innings for the Firebirds.
Michael Russell launches pro baseball career
Michael Russell’s dreams of professional baseball have been dancing in his head for a long time. They’re now a reality. Russell, a Huntersville native, had a star prep career at Hopewell High. He followed that with three standout college seasons at North Carolina. The culmination came last month when the Tampa Bay Rays drafted Russell, a shortstop, in the fifth round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft.