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Why Andrew Miller could represent the future of relief pitching

There’s no denying that Terry Francona’s usage of Andrew Miller last postseason has made teams think about their bullpens in the future. Francona used the tall lefthander as early as the fifth inning during the Indians’ World Series run last October, and Miller’s success certainly made people in baseball rethink how high-caliber relievers are used. (Boston Globe)

No. 10 Diamond Heels Claim Series Win Over No. 7 Virginia

UNC claimed its first series win over Virginia since 2012 with a 12-2 victory in the second game of an ACC doubleheader Saturday at Boshamer Stadium. Brian Miller and Tyler Lynn both homered in the series finale as the Tar Heels improved to 12-4 and 2-1 in the ACC. Game one featured a pitcher's duel between Luca Dalatri (2-2) and UVA's Adam Haseley (3-0). (GoHeels.com)

Indians reliever Andrew Miller returns to Fort Myers, where his revival began

Five years ago, the revival of Andrew Miller’s career began right here at brand-new JetBlue Park. Half a decade later, it has no end in sight. Arguably the best and most valuable reliever in baseball right now, Miller returned to his former home yesterday as a genuine star among a Team USA squad full of them. “I have a soft spot in my heart for the Red Sox,” said Miller. (Boston Herald)

Ex-Red Sox lefty Andrew Miller reunites with first big-league manager with Team USA

If Andrew Miller had any doubts about pitching in the World Baseball Classic, those doubts dissipated when he started thinking about pitching for Jim Leyland again. "He's one of the best managers there is, probably in the history of the game," Miller said. Miller was a young pup when he first pitched for Leyland as part of Dave Dombrowski's Detroit Tigers in 2006. (Providence Journal)

No. 10 Tar Heels Win ACC Baseball Opener, 9-4

J.B. Bukauskas got all the support he needed in the form of a Zack Gahagan three-run homer as No. 10 North Carolina opened ACC play with a resounding 9-4 win over No. 7 Virginia Friday at Boshamer Stadium. Bukauskas struck out seven and allowed just one run over six innings for the Tar Heels, who won their conference opener for the eighth straight season. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Blog Podcast: Robert Woodard Special

On this week’s show, UNC Baseball pitching coach Robert Woodard joins me to talk about his playing career with the Tar Heels. We also discuss what it has been like for him to coach at his alma mater. The Heels open up the ACC season this weekend with the Virginia Cavaliers coming to town, and we look ahead to the upcoming series with the Wahoos. (Tar Heel Blog)

ACC play gets underway for diamond trio

The fact that No. 17 North Carolina baseball is off to a 10-3 start entering ACC play, which begins at Boshamer Stadium Friday when Virginia comes to town, matters little. What matters is how the Tar Heels are playing, and last Sunday, after they avoided a sweep by beating Long Beach State, coach Mike Fox thought the series helped prepare the Heels for ACC play. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Diamondbacks hope Chris Iannetta ages like fine wine

Chris Iannetta never tasted the “garage wine” his grandparents made when he was growing up in Providence, R.I. He was too young. But he remembers watching his grandfather sample grapes at the farmer’s market and then set up the press and barrels in the garage. He’d listen as his grandfather, an Italian immigrant, told stories about his life and his affinity for wine. (AZ Central)

Don’t judge Matt Harvey off uninspiring Florida debut

Since we’re all in a huge hurry to either anoint Matt Harvey a 20-game winner or a broken-down Dark Knight beyond repair, here’s the number that should be the most meaningful takeaway from Sunday’s start against the Cardinals. Five. As in March 5. If this had happened in the first week of the regular season, Harvey would be the Mayor of Panic City right now, and deservedly so. (Newsday)

No. 10 UNC Baseball Pounds VCU, 8-2

Tyler Baum pitched five shutout innings and Brian Miller had three hits as No. 10 North Carolina beat VCU 8-2 Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium (Highlights). Ashton McGee, Ike Freeman and Brandon Riley each drove in a pair of runs for the Tar Heels, who open Atlantic Coast Conference play Friday against No. 8 Virginia. (GoHeels.com)

Mets’ Matt Harvey Adds a Key Element, Prudence, to His Repertory

One of the joys of spring training is the freedom to enjoy the good and dismiss the bad. And when Matt Harvey allowed four runs Sunday and could not complete two innings — well, hey, we’re just getting started. “It’s still early in spring,” Harvey said after facing 10 hitters in a 14-11 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. (New York Times)

Losing Week Drops UNC Baseball to No. 13 in D1Baseball Top 25

After opening the season with eight straight victories, the UNC baseball team finally ran into a road block. The Tar Heels blew out Winthrop on Tuesday, but then fell to then No. 22 St. John’s on Wednesday–and lost two out of three against Long Beach State over the weekend. As a result, UNC dropped from No. 8 to No. 13 in the D1Baseball.com Top 25. (Chapelboro.com)

Matt Harvey's first outing since surgery is a mixed bag

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey is coming off a pretty terrible 2016 season. He was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA before his season ended due to thoracic outlet syndrome. A good number of starting pitchers haven’t been the same after that condition, and the Mets’ postseason hopes ride on the arms of their young-and-talented rotation, so Harvey’s return to the mound in spring training on Sunday was a pretty big deal. (CBS Sports)

No. 7 UNC Baseball Bounces Back For 8-5 Win

Tyler Lynn's two-run triple in the fifth proved to be the decisive hit as No. 7 North Carolina grabbed an 8-5 win over Long Beach State in the series finale Sunday at Boshamer Stadium (Highlights). Freshman Ike Freeman had his first two collegiate hits, including a solo homer in the eighth, as Carolina improved to 9-3 on the young season. (GoHeels.com)

Pittsburgh Pirates Q&A: Jacob Stallings

Your father, Kevin Stallings, is the basketball coach at Pittsburgh, and you’re 6 feet, 5 inches. How did you wind up playing baseball? Former UNC catcher Jacob Stallings: “All through middle school and into high school, basketball was my favorite sport and kind of was my best sport. I was slow and couldn’t jump very high, so baseball seemed to be the better fit.” (Bradenton Herald)

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