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Benton Moss preparing for MLB Draft

Benton Moss can be in the midst of having the best chats with Major League Baseball scouts, but more than talking shop about his cutter or changeup, the scouts want to know one thing: Is Moss a committed baseball player or a financial investor? Moss, who just completed his senior season at UNC, is expected to be selected Tuesday during the second day of the MLB Draft. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

NY Mets' Matt Harvey shows how important patience is post-Tommy John surgery

To hear New York Mets manager Terry Collins tell it, star right-hander Matt Harvey isn't the most patient of sorts. Harvey missed 17 months of pitching due to Tommy John surgery from the end of 2013 to the beginning of this season, so that a tough trait to have. The 26-year-old wanted to rush to be back by the end of last season, but the Mets shut that down. (Arizona Central)

Sky Sox pitcher, longtime friend in opposite dugouts for first time

When Alex White, now a starter for the Fresno Grizzlies, takes the mound against the Sky Sox Friday night, Rob Wooten will be watching from the home team's bullpen. Despite growing up just 50 minutes apart, the North Carolina natives' high school teams never met, and though both have spent their fair share of time at the professional level, the former Tar Heels have never faced each other. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Astros Prospect Kent Emanuel Undergoes Tommy John surgery

Corpus Christi Hooks LHP Kent Emanuel will miss the rest of the season, after having Tommy John surgery on his elbow Wednesday. Emanuel was drafted in the third round, 74th overall in the 2013 Draft, out of UNC. He had a great college career including two trips to the College World Series, while being named 2013 ACC Pitcher of the Year and a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American. (SportsBlog.com)

Benton Moss Earns First-Team Academic All-America Honors

Recent North Carolina graduate Benton Moss has been named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball team, which recognizes both academic and athletic achievement and was announced on Thursday. Moss, a right-handed pitcher from Enfield, N.C., is the first player in UNC baseball history to earn first-team Academic All-America honors. (GoHeels.com)

Summer Ball Dispatches: Brian Miller

Each June, Carolina baseball players leave Chapel Hill and spread out across the country to play in summer leagues. Throughout this summer, the Tar Heels will keep fans updated on their summer adventures though the Summer Ball Dispatches series. Rising sophomore Brian Miller gets it started with his update from Holly Springs. (GoHeels.com)

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager saves toddler from foul ball

In the second inning, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager tracked a ball in foul territory and came up with an impressive snag over the wall to end the inning. But upon further review, the Gold Glover not only secured the final out, he also secured the safety of a young fan innocently looking on — binky and all. Things could have gone much worse for the pint-sized fan had Seager not gloved the ball. (Seattle Times)

Adam Warren rewarded with starting role

Right-hander Adam Warren’s performance over the past month dictated that he stay in the New York Yankees' starting rotation. Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the move official Monday during his pregame media session at Safeco Field. He said it was more a reward for Warren, who went 2-3 with a 3.41 ERA in six May starts. (ESPN.com)

Video: Daily Show host, Mets fan Jon Stewart interviews Matt Harvey

For five minutes on Thursday, Jon Stewart was like a kid in a candy store – and not just because Donald Trump is threatening to run for president again. The Daily Show host continued his farewell tour by booking Matt Harvey, one of baseball's best young pitchers and a key player in the New York Mets' 2015 revival, as a guest on his show. (Rolling Stone)

Angels catcher Chris Iannetta takes a big cut at the blues

When the ball cleared the fence Thursday night at Angel Stadium, just to the left of the 390-foot mark in left-center field, it wasn't exactly a Michael Jordan "HE'S BACK!" moment. Except, perhaps, somewhere deep in Chris Iannetta's inner turmoil, it felt like one. It was a grand slam, a nice exclamation point to a night when the impotent Angels offense had broken through. (Los Angeles Times)

UNC Baseball: Looking Forward

With the disappointing 2015 season behind us, Carolina baseball will look to regroup in the next few weeks around and after the draft. Some players will definitely be gone and others will be moved around as recruits come in. Carolina will once again have the talent of a team that hosts a regional but its up to the players and coaches to realize and utilize it. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina baseball closes book on tough season

With these things in mind, Fox began to look ahead to 2016 as soon as he heard the committee’s decision. For him, 2015 had come and gone. “We just turned the page. My assistants are in Colorado already recruiting,” Fox said. “The door is closed so to speak on this season. All we can do is move forward — go back to work.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Diamond Heels players develop special relationship with Hodgkins lymphoma patient

Nearly a year ago, thirteen-year-old Liam Canard, of Raleigh, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although his fight against the disease goes on today, he has already won by continuing to do what he loves. During those initial days of treatment last June, Liam received a much-needed lift in the form of an unexpected visit from former Carolina baseball player Chase Jones and 2015 Tar Heel pitchers Benton Moss, Chris McCue, and Zach Rice. (UNC Health Care)

UNC Baseball Season in Review

Coming into the baseball season, there were high expectations for the UNC baseball team. The team was considered a top 20 squad and some saw the Tar Heels as a top 5 squad. Many thought that this time of year would be time for yet another Chapel Hill regional in the NCAA tournament. However, the Heels fell short of those goals and failed to make the NCAA field. (Tar Heel Blog)

The life is back in Matt Harvey’s fastball

The pitches came in at 96 MPH, but as Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen observed, “There’s 96. And then there’s 96. There’s a 96 with life at the end.” And Matt Harvey’s pitches during a bullpen session before his last outing lacked that life. Manager Terry Collins speculated the righthander, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, had a “dead arm.” Hey, it happens. (New York Post)

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