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Chaz Frank moving up the Blue Jays ladder

Lansing, Michigan is a long way from home for former Central Davidson and University of North Carolina star Chaz Frank. But in terms of his goals as a professional baseball player, he's right where he needs to be. So, for him, that is a good thing. Frank was drafted in the 20th round in 2013 by the Toronto Blue Jays and assigned to their short-season Class A franchise in Vancouver, Canada.

Dustin Ackley To Be Inducted Into Omaha Hall Of Fame

One of the best hitters in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Dustin Ackley holds the College World Series career record with 28 hits and the sweet-swinging lefthander tallied a .412 batting average (28-for-68) in his career in Omaha. The first player ever to be named to the CWS All-Tournament Team on three occasions, Ackley was the first three-time All-American in University of North Carolina history.

Daniel Bard Among Many MLB Pitchers Who Suddenly Lost Control

Daniel Bard’s downward spiral reached a new low Thursday, as the Texas Rangers released the 28-year-old pitcher following a dreadful stint with the organization’s Single-A affiliate in Hickory, N.C. Bard’s downfall is shocking considering how much promise he showed early in his career with the Boston Red Sox.

Texas Rangers release Daniel Bard

The Texas Rangers ended on Thursday the attempt to revive the career of former major-league reliever Daniel Bard. Bard, 28, was unable to conquer the control problems that have sabotaged his career. With Hickory of the low Class A South Atlantic League. Bard retired only two of the 18 hitters faced. He allowed nine walks and hit seven batters.

Kyle Seager riding Safeco success wave

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager batted .238 with 13 home runs over 638 at-bats in his first three seasons at Safeco Field. Seager is batting .311 this season in 35 games at Safeco and already has nine homers in 119 at-bats. Seager had 33 RBIs in 80 games at Safeco last season. This year, he already has 30.

Outfielder Zach Daly transferring from UNC

Zach Daly is looking for a new college baseball team after playing the past two seasons at North Carolina. The outfielder said Tuesday that UNC coach Mike Fox granted Daly’s release about two weeks ago. Daly has been in touch with several Division II programs but is undecided where he will end up. Daly’s reason for transferring is “just to get more playing time so I can play every day,” he said.

UNC New Media Honored For Broadcast

UNC's New Media Office, part of the University of North Carolina Department of Athletics, was honored recently at the 2014 College Sports Media Awards in Atlanta. UNC won an award for Outstanding Live Game and Event Production in the Collegiate Athletics division, specifically honoring a broadcast that was part of the 2013 NCAA Baseball Regional.

Will Adam Warren crack the Yankees' rotation?

General manager Brian Cashman has suggested several times (including Monday) that Adam Warren could be an option. And Joe Girardi suggested Tuesday that he might be close to considering that. Adam Warren, who has a 2.19 ERA in 30 relief appearances, was a starting pitcher all the way through his minor league career. He even started one game for the Yankees in 2012 and two last season.

Daniel Bard, now in Single-A, still having control problems

It wasn't long ago that hard-throwing right-hander Daniel Bard was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball. Bard, now 28, ran into some control problems when Boston moved him into the rotation in 2012, walking 43 while striking out only 38 in 59 1/3 innings. A stint in the minors didn't do him any good. In fact, the control problems only got worse.

Matt Harvey's 2014 return unlikely

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson left little doubt Tuesday that it is highly unlikely Matt Harvey will pitch in the major leagues in 2014. Harvey definitely will not pitch in the major leagues within 11 months of the Oct. 22, 2014 Tommy John surgery, Alderson said. That leaves only a tiny window -- the final six games of the regular season -- before the Mets conclude play Sept. 28.

Michael Russell Adds Two More All-America Honors

North Carolina junior shortstop Michael Russell was named a third-team All-America performer by Baseball America the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the two organizations announced Wednesday. A native of Huntersville, N.C., Russell hit a team-high .339 and led the Tar Heels to a spot in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

Carolina Baseball Summer Placements

Wednesday is Opening Day in the prestigious Cape Cod League, and six Tar Heels will be spending the summer in Massachusetts. In all, 19 Carolina baseball players will be competing in summer leagues in 2014 - four in the Coastal Plain League, four in the Northwoods League, three in the Cal Ripken League and one each in the Southern Collegiate and Sun Belt Leagues.

Matt Harvey, Jimmy Fallon hang at Stanley Cup Finals

Injured New York Mets star Matt Harvey hung out with "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon Monday night at Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in New York and they made fun of each other on Instagram, a sign that Harvey's cool-guy status in NYC hasn't gone away just because he's sidelined for all of 2014. And Harvey's beard is almost as good as that photobomb by the girl behind them.

Marlins won't rush Colin Moran, who has a future at third

It might be a while before fans see Colin Moran make his big league debut. Moran, the third baseman Miami chose sixth overall in the 2013 Draft, is taking it slow as he ascends the ranks of the organization. Although he did sustain a left knee injury that sidelined him for a few weeks at the beginning of this season, the Marlins have said that they are not rushing their No. 2 prospect.

Tar Heels in the MLB Draft

The Major League Baseball Draft was held at the end of last week with multiple Tar Heels getting calls from teams including several recruits. First up, here are the current Tar Heels who were drafted. Michael Russell will certainly be moving on to the professional baseball ranks. Now it would appear that Benton Moss is also done at UNC. That leaves a question of whether Landon Lassiter or Luis Paula will also leave.

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