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Best Games Of 2013-14: No. 7

No. 7: Carolina 5, NC State 4 - Baseball, May 20, 2014: It was a game 11 months in the making that seemed both unlikely to happen and, at the same time, inevitable. After Carolina eliminated NC State in the 2013 College World Series to cap a memorable five-game, three-city showdown between the two programs, both fan bases began eagerly anticipating 2014. (GoHeels.com)

Andrew Miller may be Red Sox's hottest trade commodity

First, the numbers: In 41 appearances, Miller has a 2.34 ERA, is averaging 14.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and just 2.6 walks per nine, all career bests. He has 57 strikeouts and 10 walks in 34 2/3 innings, and has allowed just one home run all season, the one by Chris Parmelee of the Twins on May 14 in Minnesota’s Target Field that accounted for one of those walkoff losses. (ESPN.com)

Seager 'honored' to replace Encarnacion on AL All-Star squad

When Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's name popped up on Kyle Seager's phone Monday morning, the young third baseman figured he'd better take the call, even though he was shopping with wife, Julie, and their young son, Crue. "I was actually leaving Babies R Us," said Seager, smiling. (MLB.com)

Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager named to AL All-Star Team

Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager was named to the American League All-Star Team Monday to replace injured Edwin Encarnacion of Toronto. Seager, at age 26, will make his first All-Star game appearance in his fourth Major League season. Seager is hitting .274 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 21 doubles. (Seattle Times)

Play of the Day: Mike Morin catches a deflected pop-up for the out (video)

This wasn’t quite in the Bob Boone/Pete Rose echelon of deflected pop-up catches, but Angels reliever Mike Morin made a good one nonetheless on Sunday afternoon against the Astros. With a runner on first base and two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Jonathan Singleton popped up a 3-1 fastball. (NBC Sports)

Kyle Seager among biggest All-Star snubs

Biggest MLB All-Star snubs: Ian Kinsler, Tigers; Kyle Seager, Mariners. And that led to Kinsler and Seager being this year's biggest snubs. Entering Sunday, Kinsler ranked third among AL position players in fWAR and Seager seventh. In Baseball-Reference WAR, they ranked third and sixth, so by either measure two of the American League's top 10 players didn't make it. (ESPN.com)

All signs pointing up for Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager

The general view among the Mariners is that Kyle Seager remains a work in progress. That as good as he’s been this season — and it’s easy to build an All-Star case on his behalf — there’s more to come. Much more. “He can be really good,” second baseman Robinson Cano said. “Really good. Trust me, this is 2014. You will see in the next few years how good he can be.” (The Olympian)

Andrew Miller faces uncertain future with fading Red Sox

Andrew Miller knows full well he’s not the priority, knows he’s not going to generate the headlines like Jon Lester has. But Miller knows he’s an impending free agent, just like Lester — and just like Lester, the Red Sox might have to make a decision on Miller in the weeks leading up to the July 31 trading deadline. He doesn’t have to be asked any questions for the thoughts to creep into his mind. (Providence Journal)

Pitcher Benton Moss will return for senior season at North Carolina

When Benton Moss accepted a scholarship to the University of North Carolina, he did so with the intent of having a well-rounded college experience while playing baseball. It appears he isn’t leaving Chapel Hill until he earns his fill of both. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Dustin Ackley starts July right with three-hit game

While the Mariners offense has been on the rise the last month, left fielder Dustin Ackley has been one hitter still searching for answers. But the former first-round Draft pick went 3-for-4 with a walk in Tuesday's 13-2 win and said that was just what the doctor ordered. Ackley was hitting .267 in mid-May, but saw his average plummet to .214 with a rugged June. (MLB.com)

Benton Moss, Trent Thornton, Tyler Ramirez Named To All-ACC Academic Team

North Carolina starting pitchers Benton Moss and Trent Thornton and outfielder Tyler Ramirez were named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team, as announced Thursday by Commissioner John Swofford. (GoHeels.com)

Best Games Of 2013-14: No. 15-No. 11

No. 13: Carolina 4, Virginia 2 - Baseball, April 20, 2014: A young Carolina squad had gone toe-to-toe with the top-ranked Cavaliers in the first two games of a midseason ACC series, falling 3-2 and 3-1 before entering the Easter Sunday finale with hopes of avoiding a sweep. The Tar Heels did just that due in large part to their two most consistent performers of 2014 - Michael Russell and Reilly Hovis. (GoHeels.com)

Chris Munnelly adjusting to closer's role in minors

Chris Munnelly had a late start to his second season in professional baseball, but he has quickly settled into his new role as a closer with the Tri-City ValleyCats. Munnelly, who signed with the Houston Astros as an undrafted free agent last June, started his season in Kissimmee, Fla., at extended spring training because the organization wanted him to focus on becoming a closer. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC-South Carolina baseball game a possibility at Charlotte ballpark

The State has learned that talks are ongoing to pair USC against North Carolina in a midweek game in the 2016 season at Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark, the $54-million Triple-A facility that opened this spring. Preliminary discussions are under way for a two-year deal at the home of the Charlotte Knights, a Chicago White Sox affiliate, between the two powerhouse collegiate programs in neighboring states. (The State)

Kyle Seager not eager to talk about his player of the week honor

For the second time this season, Kyle Seager was named the player of the week in the American League. His reward for the achievement — a wrist watch from Major League Baseball, so now he’ll have two. “It’s a really nice watch,” Seager said. “A little too fancy to wear. That’s for the shelf in the man cave.” (Seattle Times)

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