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Four Tar Heels Earn Baseball America Recognition

Four members of the North Carolina baseball team were recognized by Baseball America as top prospects from their respective summer leagues, the magazine and website announced recently. Sophomore Brian Miller was picked as the No. 1 prospect in the Coastal Plain League to lead the group, which was tied for fourth-largest nationally.

Angels avoid no-hitter thanks to Chris Iannetta's double in ninth

The Angels offense managed enough to keep Justin Verlander from adding to his historic resume, but not much else. Chris Iannetta’s leadoff double in the ninth ended Verlander’s bid for his third no-hitter, but that was the Angels' only hit in a 5-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday. Verlander was three outs from becoming the sixth pitcher to throw at least three no-hitters.

Mets say plan is to skip just one Matt Harvey start to keep RHP rested

Determined to keep Matt Harvey's innings in check in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets will skip his scheduled start Sunday against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Rookie right-hander Logan Verrett will make his first major league start in Harvey's place. Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) currently sits at 154 innings after missing the entire 2014 season.

Adam Warren has been a big relief out of bullpen for Yankees

While the Yankees did not trade for a reliever this summer, their already strong bullpen did add a quality arm in the middle of the season..Adam Warren has excelled since being moved to the bullpen after Michael Pineda's return from the disabled list in June, as the 27-year-old righty has a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 relief innings this season. He has also averaged 8.8 strikeouts and 1.8 strikeouts per nine innings out of the bullpen.

Yankees' Dustin Ackley: Latest on his injury rehab

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn't rule out season-ending back surgery for Dustin Ackley when the newly acquired utility player went on the disabled list with a right lumbar strain Aug. 4. But Ackley told NJ Advance Media Tuesday that his rehabilitation program is going well and that he doesn't believe that will be necessary. Ackley had been throwing for a few days, but he took his first swings Tuesday, he said.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss plans to return for 2016 season

Does Walt Weiss even want to return for 2016, which will be the final season of a three-year contract worth about $2 million? Under Weiss, the Rockies are 188-252. His .427 winning percentage is the worst in franchise history. Asked if he believes the Rockies can turn things around in 2016, Weiss said, "I think a lot of things have to go right, but I do believe there is promise."

Angels' Chris Iannetta hasn't had it easy at the plate and on Twitter

It takes thick skin for a major league player to be on Twitter, especially when you're in a four-for-47 (.085) slump like Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is after going one for four Thursday. “When you're locked in and playing well, it's OK, but when you're struggling, it makes it tougher,” Iannetta said. “If I listened to half the people on my Twitter who told me I should go kill myself...”

Yankees' reliever Adam Warren hasn't given up a run in 3 weeks

Yankees' reliever Adam Warren threw two scoreless innings in relief Thursday. Pretty standard these days. Warren hasn't given up a run since July 31, a run of 9.2 innings (eight appearances). In that time he's struck out nine batters, walked two and only allowed four hits. And not counting that poor July 31 outing in Chicago, Warren hasn't allowed a run since before the All-Star break.

Warren, Miller, and Ackley: New York Tar Heels

This season, Yankees pitcher Adam Warren was reunited with UNC teammate Andrew Miller, who was in his last season at Carolina when Warren was a freshman. “It was neat to be on the same team with him again and start talking about Carolina and the glory days.” The Yankees also recently made a deal that brought former Tar Heel slugger Dustin Ackley to the Big Apple.

Kyle Seager puzzled by poor production with runners in scoring position

Kyle Seager knows the numbers, knows they’re not pretty and doesn’t know why. Seager is batting just .170 with runners in scoring position, including .143 with two outs and runners in scoring position. “I think it’s just one of those things,” he said. A year ago, Seager batted .301 with runners in scoring position and his career average, even with this year’s slide, is .253.

Matt Harvey talks Mets hot play, innings limit, karaoke, Seinfeld, more

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.61 ERA) joined "The Buzz with Jimmy Traina" to talk about his team's red-hot play, his dominance on the mound, whether he or Jacob deGrom should start Game 1 of a playoff series, his relationship with New York fans, his rumored altercation with former teammate Jon Rauch, his new endorsement deal with AXE Hair Prime, the Mets-Yankees rivalry, the Twitter friendship between Jerry Seinfeld and Yoenis Cespedes....and much more.

Tar Heels Wrap Up Successful Summer Baseball Seasons

With classes at Carolina set to resume, the UNC baseball team is making its way back to campus. Since leaving Chapel Hill in May, the Tar Heels have been busy on the summer college league circuit. Highlights of the 2015 summer schedule included league titles for Zack Gahagan, Jason Morgan and Logan Warmoth with the Baltimore Redbirds and Ryder Ryan with the SBA Bones.

Angels' Chris Iannetta deals with frustrating slump

Don’t bother voicing your displeasure with Chris Iannetta. You aren’t telling him anything he doesn’t know. “However much fans are (ticked) off at me and how upset they are at me, I’m way worse,” Iannetta said. Iannetta has endured a rollercoaster season. He hit .091 through his first 22 games, but then turned things around and hit .269 with an .864 OPS over his next 40 games.

Kyle Seager's over-the-shoulder catch preserves Hisashi Iwakuma's no-hitter

History was made on Wednesday in Seattle as Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma pitched the fifth no-hitter in franchise history. As we've seen over the years, those final three outs are difficult to secure. Many hearts have been broken and dream outings shattered in those critical moments, but Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager made sure that didn't happen to Iwakuma.

Andrew Miller's Save Streak Ends at 24

Yankees closer Andrew Miller suffered his first blown save of the season on Tuesday. Miller entered the game against the Indians in the 10th after the Yankees had just grabbed a 4-2 lead. Miller allowed the first two batters to reach via a single and a double. One run scored on a sacrifice fly, followed by an RBI single. Miller had converted each of his previous 24 save opportunities and still owns a shiny 2.08 ERA.

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