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What does Dustin Ackley provide Yankees? Here's Joe Girardi's take

The Yankees traded for Dustin Ackley Thursday afternoon, shipping two mid-level prospects to the Seattle Mariners in return. (The Yankees sent outfielder Ramon Flores and pitcher Jose Ramirez to the M's.) It's kind of a surprising move, given that they Yankees already have a plethora of left-handed bats, but one that manager Joe Giardi seemed genuinely excited about when he spoke before Thursday's game in Texas. (NJ.com)

Yankees' Dustin Ackley needed 'fresh start,' dad says

Dustin Ackley's father, John, knows baseball, having spent seven years as a catcher in the Red Sox organization. But, more importantly, he knows his son. And John Ackley believes the Yankees' newest utility player will benefit from what he called a "fresh start" in pinstripes. (NJ.com)

Yankees' Dustin Ackley: What you must know about the new guy

It's expected that Ackley, 27, will play a jack-of-all-trades role. The Yankees have an obvious need at second base, but he hasn't played there much since 2013, when he played 53 games at the position. In 2012, however, he spent 142 games there as the Mariners tried to make him an infielder in a failed experiment. Ackley spent most of 2014 as a left fielder, where he's been for nearly all of 2015. (NJ.com)

Imagining an all-North Carolinian MLB team

The New York Yankees picked up former UNC All-American Dustin Ackley in a deal with Seattle. Ackley will join fellow Tar Heels Adam Warren and Andrew Miller in New York, which got me to thinking. What would a team of current major leaguers either from North Carolina or NC universities look like? (WRAL Sports Fan)

Yankees acquire Dustin Ackley from Mariners

The New York Yankees acquired lefty-hitting outfielder/second baseman Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. The arrival of Ackley would most affect second baseman Stephen Drew, though Ackley is not having an impressive year offensively either. Ackley, 27, is batting .215 in 85 games (40-for-186) with six homers and 19 RBI. (NorthJersey.com)

New York Mets’ Matt Harvey Still Ace & Face Of The Team

Lately there’s been no smiling for Matt Harvey. Whether it’s taking the mound or knocking in runners at the plate, Harvey has displayed a nastier snarl during recent outings. It’s the reason he’s still the ace of the pitching staff and face of the New York Mets. This is hardly surprising considering how we’ve come to know the 26-year old from New London, Connecticut. (Elite Sports NY)

Adam Warren comes through for Yankees in relief

Adam Warren was arguably the Yankees’ most consistent starter when Ivan Nova came back from Tommy John rehab in late June and he was asked to return to the bullpen role that he filled so well in 2013 and 2014. He had been a mixed bag until Saturday night. “There was a huge performance by Adam Warren,” Joe Girardi said. (New York Daily News)

Andrew Miller thriving under Yankees’ pressure cooker

Dealt to Baltimore at last year’s trade deadline, Andrew Miller was brilliant in the first postseason action of his career, making five appearances and throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out eight and allowing one hit. The experience was career-altering. With each appearance, Miller — and the Yankees — are moving closer to the moments he keeps imagining. (New York Post)

Chris Munnelly Named High Point Baseball Director of Player Development

High Point University baseball coach Craig Cozart named Chris Munnelly as the new Director of Player Development on Thursday. Munnelly is a former pitcher at North Carolina who played two seasons in the Houston Astros organization. "We are very excited to have Chris Munnelly join the coaching staff here at High Point University," Cozart said. "Chris is a man of high character who possesses extensive baseball experience." (High Point Panthers)

Tar Heels Born, Bred and Wed

Kaylie McCraw and RC Orlan met their freshman year as undergrads at UNC and had their first date the following summer at a Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball game. It was fitting, since RC was a relief pitcher for the Tar Heel baseball team under Coach Mike Fox. A few months after Kaylie’s graduation in 2013, RC surprised her with a proposal at the Old Well under the guise of taking a Christmas card photo there. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Yankees' Andrew Miller continues to own the 9th inning

Is it possible that Andrew Miller has actually been underrated this season? The Yankees' closer, who notched his 21st save (in 21 chances) this season Tuesday night over his former team, now has the lowest ERA (1.39) of all 14 American League relievers who have 10 or more saves this year. "I'm just trying to throw one pitch at a time, execute, all those stupid clichés," Miller said Tuesday. (NJ.com)

Six Tar Heels Earn Summer League All-Star Nods

Six members of the UNC baseball team earned all-star recognition from their respective summer leagues. Adam Pate and Spencer Trayner were selected to represent the Harwich Mariners, Jason Morgan and Logan Warmoth were picked from the Baltimore Redbirds, Brian Miller was a starter in the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game and Ryder Ryan made the SCBL All-Star game. (GoHeels.com)

Kyle Seager picked as Mariners’ recipient of Heart & Hustle Award

Third baseman Kyle Seager’s style of play continues to attract the attention of former players as he was picked as the Mariners’ recipient for the Heart & Hustle Award for a second straight year. The award is given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and seeks to recognize current players for their “passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.” (Tacoma News Tribune)

Cody Stubbs retires from pro baseball to coach at UNC

Former University of North Carolina first baseman Cody Stubbs has retired from professional baseball. He plans to return to his former college as an assistant under UNC coach Mike Fox. Stubbs, 24, was selected in the eighth round of the 2013 major league draft and had been in the Kansas City Royals' minor-league system since then. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Kyle Seager continues tear with pair of homers

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went into the All-Star break on a tear. He came out of it even hotter, scorching a pair of home runs in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Seager has hiked his batting average 19 points over the past seven games to .271 after a 2-for-4 output with all three of Seattle's RBIs. He's hitting .481 during his seven-game hitting streak. (MLB.com)

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