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UNC, ACC baseball talents get MLB Draft call Friday
The St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland A’s each selected a player from UNC and NC State. UNC junior pitcher Zac Gallen and NC State junior catcher Andrew Knizner were taken by St. Louis while UNC junior outfielder Tyler Ramirez and NC State senior pitcher Will Gillbert went to Oakland. UNC junior righty A.J. Bogucki was taken in the eighth round by the Nationals.
Andrew Miller's slider keeps opponents on their heels
The arms and legs unfold like a beach chair on a windy day, a holy mess of moving parts and jagged edges. That’s Step One in Andrew Miller’s playbook — hiding the ball in his windup. Then there’s the slingshot fastball that touches 98 mph or the Frisbee-like slider that looks like it’s been caught in a wind shear.
Matt Harvey 'out of the woods,' but still with something to prove Friday
After tossing seven scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox two starts ago, New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey said, “This isn't going to really mean anything unless I continue it.” After limiting the Miami Marlins to one run in seven innings in his last start, Harvey said, “It’s still two starts.”
St. Louis Cardinals sign Daniel Bard to minor-league deal
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard to a minor-league deal, according to Baseball America. The 30-year-old righthander joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in spring training but was released before the season started. Bard, Boston's first-round pick in the 2006 draft, last pitched for the Red Sox in 2013.
Robert Woodard resigns as Virginia Tech pitching coach
Robert Woodard has resigned as the pitching coach of the Virginia Tech baseball team, according to the school. The Hokies had the worst ERA (6.49) in the ACC this year, when injuries to two key pitchers plagued the staff. Woodard had previously been a player and assistant at UNC and an assistant UNCW before being hired by Tech in the summer of 2013.
UNC Athletics Announces Boshamer Improvement Project
Construction improvements to Boshamer Stadium are set to begin this summer and to be completed prior to the 2017 season. The project, which will create an additional 1,300 square feet of usable space for the UNC baseball program on the first-base side of the facility, was funded by former players who have gone on to play professional baseball and other donors.
Tar Heels Head To Summer Baseball Leagues This Week
UNC baseball players will spread throughout the United States to play in some of the nation's top summer leagues. J.B. Bukauskas, who has accepted an invitation to play with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, leads a deep list of Tar Heels who will sharpen their skills against other top NCAA talent. Here's a full list of the Carolina summer placements:
When it comes to Seager, don’t forget about Kyle
He signed a seven-year, $100 million contract after the 2014 season and no one talks about him. Kyle Seager impressed the Mariners’ brass so much that they saw him as the third baseman of the present and the future and rewarded him as such. The older of the Seager brothers had a career year in 2014 with a .268 average, 25 homers and 96 runs batted in.
Analysis: What happened to UNC baseball?
Strengths became question marks, and the few weaknesses the UNC baseball team had over the first 20 games of the season became bigger and bigger problems over the final 35. Things culminated with Monday’s news that the Tar Heels had missed out on the NCAA Tournament field for the second year in a row. So what happened to North Carolina?
Jacob Stallings busts out with seven-RBI night
Jacob Stallings' hard work and perseverance paid off with a personal-best and club-record night Tuesday. The Pittsburgh catching prospect homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs as Triple-A Indianapolis beat Rochester, 9-3. The RBI total marked the most by an Indians player in the 20-year history of Victory Field.
UNC transfer Zach Daly powering Lander at Division II CWS
Zach Daly was good enough to be recruited to UNC after a standout career at Forestview, and helped the Tar Heels earn a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. But he was never able to secure a spot in the everyday lineup. So after two seasons of only part-time duty, he opted for a change of scenery and transferred to Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.
Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery
Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder this week, ending his season. It’s unclear whether Ackley will be ready for the start of next season, but manager Joe Girardi said he hopes the infielder/outfielder will be “close to ready” next spring.
The Yankees will use Austin Romine as the backup first baseman for the immediate future.
J.B. Bukauskas To Join USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
North Carolina sophomore right-hander J.B. Bukauskas has accepted an invitation to join the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Bukauskas, who was 7-2 with 111 strikeouts in his second season as a Tar Heel, becomes the 27th player in program history to represent UNC on a United States national team.
Astros option Colin Moran back to Class AAA Fresno
As the rest of his teammates showered, dressed and readied for a Monday night off, Colin Moran packed his bags for Albuquerque, N.M. The Astros optioned Moran back to Class AAA Fresno after their 8-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The move corresponded with the pending return of center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Matt Harvey shuts down White Sox, wins back Mets fans
This summer, you'll hear it again, Terry Collins told Matt Harvey. Who knew it could happen this month? Who knew it could happen this fast? Eleven days after he was booed off the Citi Field mound after the worst start of his career, Harvey heard New York Mets fans chanting his name Monday, after a start that was right up there with his best.