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Astros first-rounder J.B. Bukauskas to start for Tri-City this week

Astros' first-round draft pick J.B. Bukauskas will make his first start for short-season Class A-Tri City on Thursday in the New York-Penn League in Lowell, Mass. Bukauskas' workload will be limited in his first partial pro season because he's coming off a full collegiate season. The 20-year-old righthander from UNC made his pro debut in the Gulf Coast League on July 30. (Houston Chronicle)

Call him ‘Corey’s Brother’ — Kyle Seager is starting to heat up for the Mariners

Despite his machinations about being second fiddle to his brother, Kyle Seager is a fine player in his own right. He’s been selected to an All-Star game and is part of the Mariners’ heart of the batting order. Admittedly, the first half of this season didn’t meet his lofty expectations or those of Mariners’ fans. But he’s starting to get hot coming out of the All-Star break. (Seattle Times)

For Matt Harvey, Pitching to a Teammate Represents Progress

The last time Matt Harvey took the mound at Citi Field, there were nearly 35,000 fans in the stands, the defending champion Chicago Cubs were in the visitors’ dugout, and the Mets’ 2017 playoff chances had yet to be pronounced dead. On Tuesday, Harvey’s only opponent was his teammate Brandon Nimmo, and the spectators were a small crowd, including Manager Terry Collins. (New York Times)

What should the Mets do with Matt Harvey?

The Mets will soon have another decision with pitcher Matt Harvey. Harvey had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, missed a lot of 2016 and has been out the past two months with a stress injury to his right scapula. Harvey’s average fastball velocity in 2015 was 95.9 mph, the highest of his career; and this year, his fastball averaged 93.9, the lowest of his career. (ESPN.com)

Summer Baseball Dispatches: Gianluca Dalatri

Dear Carolina fans, This summer was pretty unbelievable with the opportunities I was given and the amount of outstanding people I have met along the way. Being selected to play for the United States Collegiate National Team was a dream come true. It was something I never realistically imagined making and when I was given the opportunity I was overcome with joy. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Baseball: Playoff time in the Cape Cod Baseball League

The nights are getting longer, football players are reporting to campus, and over on Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Baseball League featuring several Diamond Heels is winding down its season. As discussed last week, the playoff commences on Saturday after everyone gets a day off. As of this writing, the teams have almost been set, but the seedings have not. (Tar Heel Blog)

Astros' Colin Moran undergoes facial surgery

Colin Moran underwent surgery to repair facial fractures Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The 24-year-old sustained the fractures as well as a concussion when he fouled a ball off the left side of his face on July 22 in Baltimore. There's not yet an official timetable in place for Moran, but he's unlikely to return prior to September. (CBS Sports)

Cleveland Indians place All-Star reliever Andrew Miller on DL because of knee tendinitis

The beleaguered Indians bullpen has taken a hit, as Andrew Miller landed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with right knee tendinitis. The Indians' rotation forced the bullpen into early action in the first two games of the club's series against the Red Sox. Mike Clevinger and Carlos Carrasco covered only 4 2/3 innings total in their starts. (Cleveland.com)

Andrew Miller continues to be the trade that keeps on giving for the Cleveland Indians

A year ago, early in the morning on July 31, word spread that the Indians had acquired left-hander Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees. It did not seem like a particularly overwhelming need for the Indians at the time. Their bullpen was strong. Miller made it better, much better than even the men that engineered the deal could have imagined. (Cleveland.com)

Chatham Anglers Take Five with UNC's Rodney Hutchison Jr.

Today, we’re taking five minutes in conversation with pitcher Rodney Hutchison, Jr. Rodney is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina, and has been a key presence on the mound for the Anglers this season, earning two wins and making six scoreless outings in eight games. Since arriving on the Cape, he has compiled an impressive ERA of 0.77 over 23.1 innings. (Chatham Anglers)

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Profile – Zac Gallen

In the middle of his two stints with Springfield, Zac Gallen received a brief promotion to AAA Memphis. Making three starts with the Redbirds, he held his own and actually posted a better strikeout rate more in line with what he produced at Palm Beach. His 1.15 WHIP and 3.45 ERA are also very impressive for a first time pitcher in the PCL. Gallen features four pitches. (The Redbird Daily)

Tar Heels Lead Rox to Another Dramatic Win

Time and time again, the Rox have answered the call with the pressure on. In the bottom of the 8th inning, they were tied 3-3 with the Huskies. Michael Busch (UNC) stepped up and put a ball through the infield to bring in the game-winning run. Not long after that, his teammate in Chapel Hill Brendan Illies delivered the knockout punch with an emphatic two-run home run. (Northwoods League)

Diamond Heels’ Coastal Plain League Recap

Four Diamond Heels are spending the summer participating in the Coastal Plain League, with three of the four playing in North Carolina. Here is a recap of where each is spending his summer: Ike Freeman - High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms (NC); Jake Holtzapple, Josh Ladowski - Wilson Tobs (NC); Utah Jones - Savannah Bananas (GA); Let’s dive into the stats. (Tar Heel Blog)

Looking in on UNC alumni in Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball’s July 31st trade deadline is fast approaching, and once it’s over, fans can expect playoff races to pick up in earnest. With UNC having a large alumni base in the major leagues, let’s take a look at how their seasons are going, and if we will have a chance to watch any in October. (Tar Heel Blog)

Matt Harvey visits Long Island Little Leaguers

Rockville Centre Little Leaguers had the chance to get some pointers from one of New York’s premier athletes before competing in Williamsport when Mets pitcher Matt Harvey showed up to Hickey Field last month. Steve Napolitano, manager of the league’s 12-year-old team, who is a friend of Harvey, arranged for the former All-Star to visit the squad’s practice. (Long Island Herald)

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