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Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley unfazed by apparent platoon situation

The Mariners hope this finally is the year they get a season of steady, sustained excellence from Dustin Ackley. So far, he has merely tantalized with fits and starts of productivity. They’ve hedged their bets, however, by obtaining Rickie Weeks for what essentially will be a left-field platoon. (Seattle Times)

No. 11 Carolina Baseball Handles Duke, 6-2

Landon Lassiter and Logan Warmoth had three hits each and J.B. Bukauskas threw six shutout innings as No. 11 North Carolina topped visiting Duke 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Bukauskas struck out eight and allowed just four hits for the Tar Heels, who will go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon at 2. Carolina (10-3, 2-0 ACC) struck first in a three-run fourth and never trailed. (GoHeels.com)

Adam Warren preparing for starting role with Yankees

Adam Warren made it to the big leagues as a starting pitcher. The New Bern native was a key asset out of the New York Yankees’ bullpen last season. This spring, he’s been told to prepare to compete for a spot in the back-end of the starting rotation. “They want me to be prepared to be a starter so that’s kind of what I am doing,” Warren said. (New Bern Sun Journal)

No. 11 Tar Heels Thump Duke, 8-1

Zac Gallen pitched into the eighth and had a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead No. 11 North Carolina past Duke 8-1 Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium in the ACC opener for both teams. Skye Bolt had three hits and drove in two runs, and Wood Myers extended his hitting streak to 16 games for the Tar Heels, who have now won their conference lid-lifter in each of the last six seasons. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey makes his return. And he was really impressive.

Matt Harvey made his spring debut today. It was his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2013. It was pretty darn good. He struck out the first batter he faced, Anthony Gose. He broke the bat of Jose Iglesias. Then he got Rajai Davis to hit into a simple ground ball out, breaking his bat too. (NBC Sports)

Tar Heels, Blue Devils to face off on diamond, too

ESPN will bring College Gameday to campus for the UNC-Duke basketball game Saturday, and the baseball series lacks similar hype. That’s mostly because neither team has won a baseball national championship, and while North Carolina has made six trips to the College World Series since 2006, the Blue Devils have not made an NCAA tournament appearance since 1961. (WRAL Sports Fan)

No. 11 Diamond Heels To Open ACC Play With Duke

Carolina kicks off its 2015 ACC schedule with a three-game series against rival Duke beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. The series will continue Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude Sunday at 2. The Tar Heels went 4-3 on an impromptu seven-game road trip before returning home to beat VCU on Wednesday. Duke enters the weekend winners of nine straight. (GoHeels.com)

Mariners' Dustin Ackley focused on ending slow starts

The spring push accelerates today for the Mariners when they open their Cactus League schedule against complex co-tenant San Diego at Peoria Stadium. That goes double for left fielder Dustin Ackley. Manager Lloyd McClendon is promising heavy duty for Ackley in an effort to wean him away from his dreadful starts over the last two seasons. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

No. 11 Carolina Baseball Beats VCU, 6-5

Brian Miller scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as No. 11 North Carolina beat visiting VCU 6-5 Wednesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. VCU scored three times in the top of the ninth before the Tar Heels loaded the bases against Sean Thompson ahead the wild pitch. Freshman left-hander Nick Raquet stranded two Rams in the ninth to pick up his first career win in relief. (GoHeels.com)

Career Reflections From Brian Roberts

The baseball season is underway. The Tar Heels have started their season and major league teams are well into spring training. For the first time in his life, one former Tar Heel will not be putting on the spikes and taking the field. On October 17, 2014, former UNC star and long-time Baltimore Oriole, Brian Roberts, officially announced his retirement from baseball. (Inside Carolina)

Mike Morin hopes to fill seventh-inning reliever spot with Angels

The seventh-inning relief role held by Kevin Jepsen last season is up for grabs, and Angels right-hander Mike Morin plans to seize it. "Once Jeppy got traded to Tampa Bay," Morin said before Monday's workout, "that was my goal." Morin, 23, had a strong rookie season in 2014, going 4-4 with a 2.90 earned-run average in 60 games, striking out 54 and walking 19 in 59 innings, and stranding 34 of 43 inherited runners. (Los Angeles Times)

Kyle Seager joins college teammate in fight to cure childhood cancer

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is joining with a former college teammate in lending his support to efforts to fight childhood cancer through the Vs. Cancer Foundation. Fans are asked to pledge a specific donation for each hit that Seager records in the upcoming season. Seager and his wife, Julie, will match the amount of the first 100 pledges. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Matt Harvey doesn't hold anything back in first live batting practice session

Live batting practice reveals little about where a pitcher stands, especially when it comes in the earliest days of spring training. Take, for example, Matt Harvey's session Monday. Of the 26 pitches he threw to five simulated batters, two were curveballs in the dirt that fooled Curtis Granderson and David Wright. But they came with the hitters in simulated situational hitting situations -- hit-and-runs and the like -- meaning that they had to swing. (Newsday)

Dustin Ackley Recalls a Day His Life Changed Direction

People tend to remember dates when something significant happens. For Dustin Ackley, it was May 5, 2008. Ackley, outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, found that the U. of North Carolina (UNC) offered him more than just an excellent education and a great baseball program. It also offered him an avenue to a closer relationship with God. (Athletes in Action)

No. 11 Diamond Heels Hold Off Liberty, 6-4

Trevor Kelley tossed 5.1 innings of stellar relief and Zack Gahagan hit his first career home run as No. 11 North Carolina beat Liberty 6-4 Monday at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Alex Raburn added three hits for the Tar Heels, who out-hit the Flames 12-3 but needed a five-out save from Trent Thornton to seal the first midweek win of the year. (GoHeels.com)

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