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Tar Heels Jump Two Spots to No. 11 in D1Baseball Top 25

The North Carolina baseball team successfully opened its ACC season this past weekend by taking two out of three games at home against then No. 10 Virginia. After recording their first series victory over the Cavaliers since 2012–plus a mid-week win over VCU on Tuesday–the Tar Heels jumped from No. 13 to No. 11 in this week’s D1Baseball.com Top 25. (Chapelboro.com)

Off The Bat: North Carolina Makes Strong ACC Statement

ACC play began this weekend with a marquee series between North Carolina and Virginia. The Tar Heels won the opening game behind another strong start from righthander J.B. Bukauskas, and the Cavaliers evened the series in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Undaunted, North Carolina bounced back to win the nightcap, 12-2, and claim the series. (Baseball America)

No radar gun should begin Matt Harvey’s new reality

For Matt Harvey, it’s not about speed right now. He believes that will come. Tim Tebow was the sideshow. Matt Harvey was the main attraction Friday. Scouts registered Harvey’s fastball at 91-92 mph in the first inning and he did reach 93 in his three innings of work, but regaining velocity is one of the challenges following thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. (New York Post)

Astros' Colin Moran credits swing changes for sizzling spring

Colin Moran made offseason adjustments to his swing, changes he feels are the reason for his strong performance this spring. He's hitting .389 with two home runs and six RBI through 12 spring games. His bounce-back is encouraging following a down season. Moran has played both first and third base during camp, but he's unlikely to claim an Opening Day roster spot. (CBS Sports)

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)

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