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Reilly Hovis sheds nerves, pitches gem in pro debut

Reilly Hovis made his professional debut on Friday night after a year-long hiatus and his elbow on his mind. Despite the nervousness, Hovis got off to a strong start in the New York-Penn League season opener. He fanned the first batter of the game and faced the minimum through five innings, totaling two strikeouts without issuing a walk. (MILB.com)

Tyler Ramirez, Zach Rice sign pro contracts

Tyler Ramirez and Zach Rice signed pro contracts this week after being selected in last week's MLB draft. Ramirez, who played the last three seasons at UNC, signed with the Oakland Athletics after being drafted in the seventh round last week. Rice, at one time a teammate of Ramirez's at UNC, was picked by the Atlanta Braves in the three-day MLB draft. (Virginian-Pilot)

Yankees' Andrew Miller addresses trade rumors

Yankees reliever Andrew Miller was on the phone Thursday morning with a financial advisor when a question other than investing money was thrown his way. The guy wanted to know if the recent rumors about Miller possibly being moved before baseball's July 31 trade deadline are true. "I certainly hear the whispers," the star left-hander said. (NJ.com)

J.B. Bukauskas Named To ABCA All-Region Team

North Carolina sophomore right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region First Team, the organization announced Wednesday. Bukauskas is the first Tar Heel to earn first-team all-region honors since Kent Emanuel and Colin Moran were first-team selections in 2013. (GoHeels.com)

Yankees have new Mariano Rivera in Andrew Miller

Amazing as it may seem, the Yankees have a new Rivera in their bullpen, but no, he’s not their closer. Aroldis Chapman has been superb since returning from his suspension and taking over the ninth inning, but let’s face it, he’s no Andrew Miller. In fact, nobody in baseball is. (New York Daily News)

MLB Draft Closes with Six Tar Heels Chosen

The three-day, 40-round MLB Draft finally came to an end Saturday evening with three more Tar Heels finding out their next destinations. Junior relievers Zach Rice and Spencer Trayner–as well as sophomore infielder Ryder Ryan–joined teammates Zac Gallen, Tyler Ramirez and A.J. Bogucki in receiving the opportunity to enter the professional ranks. (Chapelboro.com)

Rebounding Matt Harvey is now on a dominant roll for the Mets

Since halting his early season free fall, there has been no regression for Matt Harvey. The Mets right-hander continued to put his initial struggles in the rear view mirror and delivered his third straight dominant outing Friday, allowing one run on two hits over six innings in a 2-1 victory in 11 innings over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (NJ.com)

Zac Gallen Leads Trio Of Draft Picks Friday

Juniors Zac Gallen, Tyler Ramirez and A.J. Bogucki were selected on day two of the 2016 MLB Draft Friday. Gallen was taken in the third round by St. Louis, Ramirez was a seventh-round selection by Oakland and Bogucki was an eighth-round pick by Washington. This year marks the seventh time since 2000 that at least three Tar Heels were selected in the first 10 rounds. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, ACC baseball talents get MLB Draft call Friday

The St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland A’s each selected a player from UNC and NC State. UNC junior pitcher Zac Gallen and NC State junior catcher Andrew Knizner were taken by St. Louis while UNC junior outfielder Tyler Ramirez and NC State senior pitcher Will Gillbert went to Oakland. UNC junior righty A.J. Bogucki was taken in the eighth round by the Nationals. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Andrew Miller's slider keeps opponents on their heels

The arms and legs unfold like a beach chair on a windy day, a holy mess of moving parts and jagged edges. That’s Step One in Andrew Miller’s playbook — hiding the ball in his windup. Then there’s the slingshot fastball that touches 98 mph or the Frisbee-like slider that looks like it’s been caught in a wind shear. (NorthJersey.com)

Matt Harvey 'out of the woods,' but still with something to prove Friday

After tossing seven scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox two starts ago, New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey said, “This isn't going to really mean anything unless I continue it.” After limiting the Miami Marlins to one run in seven innings in his last start, Harvey said, “It’s still two starts.” (ESPN.com)

St. Louis Cardinals sign Daniel Bard to minor-league deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard to a minor-league deal, according to Baseball America. The 30-year-old righthander joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in spring training but was released before the season started. Bard, Boston's first-round pick in the 2006 draft, last pitched for the Red Sox in 2013. (Mass Live)

Robert Woodard resigns as Virginia Tech pitching coach

Robert Woodard has resigned as the pitching coach of the Virginia Tech baseball team, according to the school. The Hokies had the worst ERA (6.49) in the ACC this year, when injuries to two key pitchers plagued the staff. Woodard had previously been a player and assistant at UNC and an assistant UNCW before being hired by Tech in the summer of 2013. (Roanoke Times)

UNC Athletics Announces Boshamer Improvement Project

Construction improvements to Boshamer Stadium are set to begin this summer and to be completed prior to the 2017 season. The project, which will create an additional 1,300 square feet of usable space for the UNC baseball program on the first-base side of the facility, was funded by former players who have gone on to play professional baseball and other donors. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Head To Summer Baseball Leagues This Week

UNC baseball players will spread throughout the United States to play in some of the nation's top summer leagues. J.B. Bukauskas, who has accepted an invitation to play with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, leads a deep list of Tar Heels who will sharpen their skills against other top NCAA talent. Here's a full list of the Carolina summer placements: (GoHeels.com)

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