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Astros’ Colin Moran records first MLB hit

Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran finally recorded his first career hit. Playing in his fifth game since being called up from Triple-A Fresno, Moran took a Matt Shoemaker pitch to center field in the fifth inning of Houston’s matchup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The former sixth-overall pick of the 2013 draft had gone 0-for-his-first-13 in the majors. (Today's Knuckleball)

Matt Harvey, E.R.A. at 6.08, Prepares for His Next Start

Matt Harvey wore a batting practice cap and an undershirt to the mound on Friday at Citi Field, long before fans were allowed inside. The uniform will be different on Monday, and the stands will be packed. But the setting — on a diamond, with hitters up there to swing — mattered most. (New York Times)

UNC baseball coach takes shot at South Carolina

North Carolina’s baseball team is in danger of missing the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Perhaps that was the motivation behind UNC head coach Mike Fox taking to Twitter on Friday night to make a case for his team, albeit with a dig toward the South Carolina Gamecocks. UNC defeated South Carolina 15-0 on April 13 in Charlotte. (The State)

Chansky’s Notebook: The Harvey Rules

They are calling the Dark Knight the Pale Pawn. Former Tar Heel Matt Harvey made it big in the majors a year after he joined the Mets in 2013. That’s when his menacing beard and tough-guy demeanor on the mound made him an all-star and gave him his nickname, which he played to the hilt as a man about town. Things aren’t so good for the Dark Knight these days. (Chapelboro.com)

Astros' Colin Moran struggling in first stint of majors

Colin Moran's transition to facing major-league pitching has not been a smooth one. A week into his Astros' tenure, the left-handed hitting third baseman remains in search of his first hit. Moran is hitless in his first 12 major league at-bats with six strikeouts. The former sixth-overall draft pick struck out four times in his third big-league start on Tuesday. (Houston Chronicle)

Boshamer Stadium grounds crew reaps beauty from the grass

Even during the baseball team’s offseason, the grounds crew works with the field, growing Bermuda grass and re-sodding while keeping the field pristine for summer camps. When the baseball field doesn’t demand much attention, the grounds crew will turn their attention to UNC’s other athletic fields — including Fetzer Field, Navy Field and Kenan Stadium. (Daily Tar Heel)

How the Cubs are helping former UNC baseball player and coach Mike Roberts through a terrible time

He walked into the Cubs' clubhouse in San Francisco last Friday, scared and nervous, as if he was a little kid. Mike Roberts, 66, has been in baseball more than 45 years. But he had never traveled with a major-league team, not even with his son, former major leaguer Brian Roberts. He certainly had never walked into a major-league clubhouse during the regular season. (FOX Sports)

Mets weigh next step for Matt Harvey amid his ongoing struggles

New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey successfully lobbied to make Tuesday's start against the Washington Nationals. After another flop, Harvey now might have run out of chances to work out his kinks while remaining in the rotation. Harvey's ERA swelled to 6.08 after he allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings in the Mets' 7-4 loss at Nationals Park. (ESPN.com)

UNC Baseball Balancing on NCAAT Bubble

UNC has an anxious week ahead after failing to qualify for the ACC Baseball Championship that began Tuesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Tar Heels were ranked third nationally and in contention for a national seed after an 18-2 start to the season. Since then, however, the Heels have lost 19 of their last 35 games, including 16 of their last 24 ACC games. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Baseball Format Hurts ACC

The ACC restricting its baseball tournament to ten teams does not help member schools that find themselves on the NCAA bubble. If there were no ACC tournament, UNC would be a shoe-in for an NCAA tourney bid with their high RPI and tough schedule. But now the selection committee will say, “Well, they didn’t even make their own conference tournament.” (Chapelboro.com)

Mariners C Chris Iannetta not stressing over cold May at the plate

Entering Tuesday, Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta was hitless in his last 10 at-bats, but he is far ahead of where he was last season at this time. In his first season with Seattle, the 32-year-old catcher has a slash line of .216/.328/.351 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Comparatively, through the first 44 games last season with the Angels, Iannetta’s line was .169/.265/.270. (MyNorthwest.com)

Difference Maker: Indianapolis Indians' Jacob Stallings

While his offensive statistics may not indicate such, Pittsburgh Pirates' catching prospect Jacob Stallings has had a profound impact on the Indianapolis Indians this season. "He's the best catcher, I've ever thrown to," expressed Pittsburgh Pirates' top prospect Tyler Glasnow (Hardball Scoop)

Q&A with UNC baseball's "Bench Mob"

They've been Vine'd, GIF'd and retweeted. Now the baseball players behind the viral videobomb are being interviewed. UNC first-year baseball players, Taylor Sugg and Logan Welch, are members of UNC baseball's "Bench Mob", a less '90s way of saying benchwarmers. However, these players don't spend all their time sitting on the bench. (Daily Tar Heel)

Astros' Colin Moran to face childhood favorite Orioles

Growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., Colin Moran said he rooted for the Yankees and the Orioles because of UNC alum B.J. Surhoff, the longtime major leaguer and brother of his mom, Diane. When the American League East foes played, Surhoff and the Orioles took precedent. This week, Moran will get the chance to play against his childhood favorite team. (Houston Chronicle)

Three Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Baseball Honors

Junior center fielder Tyler Ramirez and sophomore pitcher J.B. Bukauskas were named to the All-ACC second team, announced Monday. Junior pitcher Zac Gallen was a third-team selection for UNC. Ramirez had his finest season as a Tar Heel in 2016, leading the team in home runs, walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. (GoHeels.com)

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