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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.

Student athletes as artists

Senior Benton Moss started playing baseball at 5 years old. Not long after that, he started playing the piano, at 7 years old. Moss has served as a starting pitcher for UNC’s baseball team since his freshman year, and he said he hopes to one day record his own music.

Colin Moran excelling since joining Astros' system

Colin Moran has performed well since joining Double-A Corpus Christi. Through 22 games, Moran was hitting .307 with a .357 on-base percentage, two homers and 18 RBIs. He entered Wednesday on a six-game hitting streak, during which he was 9-for-27. The 6-foot-4 Moran was taken with the sixth overall pick out of North Carolina by the Marlins in 2013.

Andrew Miller discusses his transition since joining the Orioles

Since Andrew Miller came to the Orioles three weeks ago, the adjustment has been a smooth one. In eight games, he has allowed a run on just two hits in 7 1/3 innings. He’s walked three and struck out 11. The Orioles are 6-2 in the games he’s pitched. “Overall, it’s been great,” Miller said. “Everybody’s been so welcoming. Everybody’s gone out of their way to make my transition easier."

Mets to reassess Matt Harvey's rehab

Matt Harvey keeps saying he wants to pitch in an MLB game this season. Now the New York Mets might keep him from pitching in any kind of game before spring training. Describing a setback suffered this week by Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner as a "cautionary story for others," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he already has talked to Harvey about slowing down the ace's own recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Luke Putkonen may be cleared to pitch this season

Tigers long reliever Luke Putkonen still has a chance to be ready to pitch by season's end, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. "He's throwing with that in mind," Rand said of Putkonen, out since mid-April with right elbow inflammation. Putkonen threw off a mound for the first time in his rehab process Friday, delivering a 25-pitch bullpen session that included only fastballs.

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.

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