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No. 3 UNC Baseball Drops Game Two Against No. 9 Duke, 5-2

Austin Bergner pitched into the sixth inning but No. 3 North Carolina couldn't overcome No. 9 Duke's three-run third inning as the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels, 5-2, on Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The final game of the series is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. back in Durham. Tyler Baum will take the mound for North Carolina against Duke's Adam Laskey. (GoHeels.com)

For Terry Collins, Matt Harvey's Fall Has Been Hard To Watch

“I love Matt Harvey,” Collins said. “I love him like a son. We went through a lot of wars. I saw a guy, when he got to the big leagues, within two seasons he made himself, if not the best, then one of the top three pitchers in all of baseball. So what happened the last few years, injury-wise and how it affected him, was really tough to see and go through for him.” (Hartford Courant)

Matt Harvey gives up just one hit, throws four innings in first Reds start

Mets fans may not want to believe this, but ya gotta — Matt Harvey looked good in his debut for the Cincinnati Reds. Or at least a lot better than he had over the last month in Flushing. The former Dark Knight of Gotham made his first start with the Reds on Friday night and gave up only one hit, which was the result of a Reds outfielder losing the ball in the lights. (New York Daily News)

No. 3 Tar Heels Fall To No. 9 Duke In Game One, 7-3

No. 3 North Carolina rallied to tie the game with a three-run sixth inning, but a late Duke charge provided a 7-3 win for the No. 9 Blue Devils at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the first game of the weekend series. The Heels and Duke will be back in action Saturday at the DBAP as first pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. UNC will have Austin Bergner on the mound against Ryan Day. (GoHeels.com)

Local Lore: The Pit

The unofficial center of UNC and beloved fixture of campus life, where The Pit now sits was once home to the primary athletic field on campus. Emerson field, completed in 1916, was the original home to football, baseball and track events on campus. Carolina’s football program quickly outgrew the field and moved to Kenan Stadium upon its completion in 1927. (Chapelboro.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Old Dogs, New Tricks

Mike Fox is old school and new school rolled into one. UNC’s baseball coach is, shall we say, sly as a Fox. He might be an old dog in some eyes, having coached here for 20 seasons and taken six teams to the College World Series while winning more than 1400 games. But, unlike some peers, Fox is always open to new ideas that will make his team better. (Chapelboro.com)

Consistency is the Key for Kyle Datres

This season, Kyle Datres' winning mentality is showing more than ever at Boshamer Stadium and throughout ACC play. As he was in high school, he once again is the team leader in a variety of statistical categories. Datres leads the Diamond Heels in average (.340), hits (64), runs scored (48), doubles (13) and stolen bases (9) through Thursday. The key: consistency. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Baseball Notebook: Duke Series, Keys, and Chemistry

On Thursday, UNC baseball coach Mike Fox, junior third baseman Kyle Datres, and sophomore right-handed pitcher Austin Bergner spoke to the media, conveying a focused confidence on the immediate challenge that lies ahead of them. This weekend's series against Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park is big, but you wouldn't know that after talking to the trio. (Inside Carolina)

Kyle Seager hits 2 HRs, 1 a grand slam, as Mariners beat Blue Jays

One swing in the first inning gave the Seattle Mariners all the runs they needed to beat the Blue Jays. Kyle Seager hit two home runs, including his fourth career grand slam as Seattle topped Toronto 9-3 on Thursday. Seager gave the Mariners an early edge with a grand slam in the first and added a leadoff shot against Jake Petricka in the fifth, his seventh career multihomer game. (Associated Press)

Matt Harvey's fresh start with the Cincinnati Reds will start with a start Friday

The Reds were vague about their plans for Matt Harvey after trading for him. They cleared that up in a big way Thursday. Harvey will start Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers here. He replaced Brandon Finnegan, who will be sent to Triple-A Louisville. “He’s healthy and ready to go. We'll get him out at a certain pitch count,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Here are three things UNC baseball has to do to beat Duke

The Tar Heels have another important series starting Friday. UNC will play No. 13 Duke, winners of six consecutive games, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Blue Devils are having one of its best seasons in program history. "They're experienced, they're winning, they're confident, and it will be a tough task for us," North Carolina coach Mike Fox said about Duke. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Trade to Reds 'terrible' for Matt Harvey, says ESPN's Buster Olney

Buster Olney and Boog Sciambi talked during their ESPN Baseball Tonight podcast about the Cincinnati Reds' acquisition of pitcher Matt Harvey from the New York Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco - a deal the pair agreed was not in the best interest of Harvey. We'll find out soon. Harvey will join the Reds in Los Angeles, and is expected to start Friday against the Dodgers. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

'Battle of the blues' comes to DBAP this weekend

A battle of the blues will break out this weekend at Durham Bulls Athletic Park as Duke and North Carolina fight for the top spot in the ACC Coastal Division. The third-ranked Tar Heels enter the crucial three-game set with a 2.5-game lead over the ninth-ranked Blue Devils. UNC third baseman Kyle Datres says the weekend will be about much more than a rivalry. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Ben Casparius off to ‘Heel’ of a start

Ben Casparius is no stranger to contributing as a freshman. Four years ago it happened at Staples High, where he stepped right in and became a force. History has a way of repeating itself and the freshman at the University of North Carolina is making an impact despite a limited role. Pitching out of the bullpen while being a pinch hitter, Casparius has excelled at both. (The Hour)

No. 3 Diamond Heels Travel To No. 9 Duke For Big Coastal Showdown

With a 2.5 game lead over No. 9 Duke in the ACC Coastal Division, No. 3 North Carolina will travel to Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a three-game series that begins Friday at 6 p.m. If the Tar Heels take two of three games from Duke, they will clinch the Coastal Division for the seventh time, and the first time winning it in consecutive years since 2012 and 2013. (GoHeels.com)

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