Colin Moran to the show: Iona Prep product joins AstrosWhen the Astros acquired Colin Moran in a trade two years ago, the former Iona Prep star immediately became their presumptive third baseman of the future. That future began Tuesday night in Chicago when Moran joined Houston for its series opener with the first-place White Sox. (Lower Hudson Journal News)
This Week in UNC Baseball with Mike FoxInside Carolina caught up with North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox following UNC's weekend series victory against Notre Dame. The Tar Heels (33-19, 12-15 ACC) close their regular season with a crucial Thursday-Friday-Saturday series at N.C. State to determine their postseason outlook. (Inside Carolina)
Mike Fox, Elliot Avent joke about snake biteMike Fox's Tar Heels will get an "ornery," Wolfpack team in this weekend's regular season finale -- NC State hosts UNC after suffering its first three-game sweep of the season. Fox jokes that leader of the Pack Elliot Avent is also ornery. But Fox agrees that he'd be that way, too, if he'd been bitten by a poisonous snake and unable to make the trip to Louisville. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Carolina 8-1, series win brings vital byproduct in final weekUNC's 8-1 series finale win against Notre Dame was just what the Tar Heels needed heading into the last weekend of the regular season. "Everything's still in play for us -- an ACC Tournament title, the NCAA bid, winning a Regional," Mike Fox said he told his team in his standard pregame email. "It's all still in play. I just reminded them, we have to win." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Astros call up third-base prospect Colin Moran from AAAThe Astros are calling up their second prospect from Class AAA Fresno in as many days. Colin Moran will join the team Tuesday in Chicago ahead of its series opener against the White Sox, a source confirmed. Peter Gammons first reported the news Tuesday morning. The Astros have yet to announce the move. (Houston Chronicle)
Video: UNC vs. Notre Dame Baseball HighlightsNo. 20 UNC scored 7 runs in the second inning and never looked back, beating Notre Dame, 8-1. Tyler Ramirez made a spectacular diving catch in center field and Kyle Datres pitched in on offense with three hits including a home run.
Video: UNC Baseball Videobombs Hilarious In-Game InterviewUNC Baseball videobombs a hilarious in-game interview. Watch as several of the Tar Heels are at it again during this interview with pitcher Zac Gallen.
No. 17 Tar Heels Claim Series With 8-1 Win Over Notre DameA.J. Bogucki threw five hitless innings of shutout relief and Kyle Datres hit his third home run of the year as No. 17 UNC closed out its home schedule with a resounding 8-1 win over Notre Dame Monday at Boshamer Stadium. Datres and Brian Miller both had three hits for the Tar Heels, who moved into a tie for ninth place in the ACC entering the season's final weekend. (GoHeels.com)
Zac Gallen named ACC Pitcher of the Week for third time this seasonWake Forest’s Stuart Fairchild has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week, while Louisville’s Zack Burdi and North Carolina’s Zac Gallen were selected as Co-Pitchers of the Week. Gallen allowed just two hits and struck out eight over 8.0 shutout innings to help the Tar Heels to a 3-0 win over Notre Dame Friday night. (The ACC)
North Carolina's 'yard sale' brings the shoppers outNormally items sold -- such as jerseys, shoes and lacrosse sticks -- get forwarded to the state's surplus store because technically, at a public university, the equipment purchased is state property. That is why the Tar Heels didn't just give the jerseys to the former players who used to wear them and it's also why the university had to allow the public equal opportunity to purchase them. (ESPN.com)
Princeton baseball - coached by former UNC player Scott Bradley - wins Ivy League, NCAA bidFrom seven wins to 24 wins, an Ivy League title and a bid to the NCAAs. Not a bad bounce-back. “Our guys care so much for each other, they deserve this,” Princeton coach Steve Bradley said. “We’re talking seven wins last year. Only one other team in the country had fewer wins than we did. We were at the bottom of every statistical category, but we worked hard.” (D1 Baseball)
UNC’s Andrew Miller, Dustin Ackley try to help Yankees reboundLast season was one of transition and adjustment for relief pitcher Andrew Miller and infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley, a pair of former UNC baseball first-round draft picks who never played together in Chapel Hill but are now teammates with the New York Yankees. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Matt Harvey Struggles, and Can’t Explain WhyThe last time Matt Harvey could recall struggling as a baseball pitcher — the only time, really — was in 2009 when he was a sophomore at the University of North Carolina. Opposing hitters were punishing him to the rate of a 5.40 E.R.A. But, Harvey said, the poor spell left as quickly as it came, and from there forward he has excelled. Until this year. (New York Times)
UNC Catcher Cody Roberts Records First Home RunWith one swing, freshman catcher Cody Roberts ended a no-hitter, stopped a shutout bid and hit his first career home run in a 3-1 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night. “It’s a good sign that he hit that changeup out,” said UNC head coach Mike Fox after the game. “It’s in there with him, and that’s good, because once you see it one time, it’s in there.” (Inside Carolina)
Daniel Bard released by Pittsburgh Pirates, per reportThe Pittsburgh Pirates have released former Boston Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, Peter Gammons reported on Twitter. Bard signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh in January. The 30-year-old, who has experienced control issues since 2012, hasn't pitched in a regular season major league game since 2013. (Mass Live)