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New York Mets’ Matt Harvey Still Ace & Face Of The Team

Lately there’s been no smiling for Matt Harvey. Whether it’s taking the mound or knocking in runners at the plate, Harvey has displayed a nastier snarl during recent outings. It’s the reason he’s still the ace of the pitching staff and face of the New York Mets. This is hardly surprising considering how we’ve come to know the 26-year old from New London, Connecticut. (Elite Sports NY)

Adam Warren comes through for Yankees in relief

Adam Warren was arguably the Yankees’ most consistent starter when Ivan Nova came back from Tommy John rehab in late June and he was asked to return to the bullpen role that he filled so well in 2013 and 2014. He had been a mixed bag until Saturday night. “There was a huge performance by Adam Warren,” Joe Girardi said. (New York Daily News)

Andrew Miller thriving under Yankees’ pressure cooker

Dealt to Baltimore at last year’s trade deadline, Andrew Miller was brilliant in the first postseason action of his career, making five appearances and throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out eight and allowing one hit. The experience was career-altering. With each appearance, Miller — and the Yankees — are moving closer to the moments he keeps imagining. (New York Post)

Chris Munnelly Named High Point Baseball Director of Player Development

High Point University baseball coach Craig Cozart named Chris Munnelly as the new Director of Player Development on Thursday. Munnelly is a former pitcher at North Carolina who played two seasons in the Houston Astros organization. "We are very excited to have Chris Munnelly join the coaching staff here at High Point University," Cozart said. "Chris is a man of high character who possesses extensive baseball experience." (High Point Panthers)

Tar Heels Born, Bred and Wed

Kaylie McCraw and RC Orlan met their freshman year as undergrads at UNC and had their first date the following summer at a Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball game. It was fitting, since RC was a relief pitcher for the Tar Heel baseball team under Coach Mike Fox. A few months after Kaylie’s graduation in 2013, RC surprised her with a proposal at the Old Well under the guise of taking a Christmas card photo there. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Yankees' Andrew Miller continues to own the 9th inning

Is it possible that Andrew Miller has actually been underrated this season? The Yankees' closer, who notched his 21st save (in 21 chances) this season Tuesday night over his former team, now has the lowest ERA (1.39) of all 14 American League relievers who have 10 or more saves this year. "I'm just trying to throw one pitch at a time, execute, all those stupid clichés," Miller said Tuesday. (NJ.com)

Six Tar Heels Earn Summer League All-Star Nods

Six members of the UNC baseball team earned all-star recognition from their respective summer leagues. Adam Pate and Spencer Trayner were selected to represent the Harwich Mariners, Jason Morgan and Logan Warmoth were picked from the Baltimore Redbirds, Brian Miller was a starter in the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game and Ryder Ryan made the SCBL All-Star game. (GoHeels.com)

Kyle Seager picked as Mariners’ recipient of Heart & Hustle Award

Third baseman Kyle Seager’s style of play continues to attract the attention of former players as he was picked as the Mariners’ recipient for the Heart & Hustle Award for a second straight year. The award is given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and seeks to recognize current players for their “passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.” (Tacoma News Tribune)

Cody Stubbs retires from pro baseball to coach at UNC

Former University of North Carolina first baseman Cody Stubbs has retired from professional baseball. He plans to return to his former college as an assistant under UNC coach Mike Fox. Stubbs, 24, was selected in the eighth round of the 2013 major league draft and had been in the Kansas City Royals' minor-league system since then. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Kyle Seager continues tear with pair of homers

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went into the All-Star break on a tear. He came out of it even hotter, scorching a pair of home runs in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Seager has hiked his batting average 19 points over the past seven games to .271 after a 2-for-4 output with all three of Seattle's RBIs. He's hitting .481 during his seven-game hitting streak. (MLB.com)

Kyle Seager at 400-plus chances since his last throwing error

Gold Glove? How about a gold arm? Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager entered the season’s second half Friday night with a streak of 407 chances since his last throwing error, which occurred on May 29, 2014, against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. “It’s all about your footwork,” he said. “If your feet are pointing in the right direction, that’s where the ball is going to go. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Astros third-base prospect Colin Moran scorching in July at Double-A

Astros minor-league third baseman Colin Moran has been tearing up the Texas League with Double-A Corpus Christi lately. Moran is riding a nine-game hit streak, during which he is batting .389 (14 for 36) with a home run, two doubles and seven RBI. Moran was drafted in the first round (6th overall) by the Marlins in 2013 out of North Carolina. (CBS Sports)

Matt Harvey still Mets' ace, despite Jacob deGrom's rise to stardom

It was a drizzly Wednesday in the city with no baseball to distract us, so we got to thinking about a debate that has rolled around Metsland since the beginning of a hyped-up season: If the team is somehow able to qualify this year for the wild-card game, who should be the starting pitcher? After watching Jacob deGrom’s Carl Hubbell-esque All-Star inning the night before, our answer is... Matt Harvey. Still him. No question, no doubt. (New York Daily News)

Yankees' Adam Warren looks to carry solid pitching into second half

It’s been a story of two halves over the first portion of the baseball season for Adam Warren. The New Bern native broke spring training in the New York Yankees’ starting rotation. He went into the All-Star Break as a member of the bullpen. No matter his role, Warren is thriving. The 6-foot-1 right-hander has a 3.65 ERA in 20 outings. He started 14 of those games and has a 5-5 record. (New Bern Sun Journal)

The Seager sibling rivalry

While Kyle Seager got four years and a partial to amass his age-27 cumulative MLB stats, Corey could get as many as six and a partial if he comes up this year and doesn't get injured or long-term demoted. Start to parse debut years/months, and you're making for small sample sizes and mixing in a confounding but important variable of prospect status that we'll get to later. (FOX Sports)

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