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Arrival in camp 'difficult' day for Matt Harvey

The realization that Matt Harvey will not be able to contribute with his teammates hit him hard Sunday, on the ace's first day in the Mets' spring training clubhouse. "It's a little bit difficult of a day considering I'm starting to realize that the year is not going to go the way I wanted it to," said Harvey, who underwent Tommy John surgery Oct. 22. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels Hammer Charleston, 12-3

Trent Thornton had a career-high 10 strikeouts and Michael Russell had four hits and drove in four as No. 11 North Carolina evened its series with the College of Charleston with a 12-3 win Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point. Chris McCue pitched two scoreless innings to notch his first save of the year and Zach Daly clubbed his first career home run in the victory. (GoHeels.com)

L.A. Angels catcher Chris Iannetta reflects on pro baseball ride to date

In some respects, Chris Iannetta’s professional baseball career can be interpreted as a “box of chocolates” or in more conventional terms, a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. This might be hard to fathom, but this June will mark 10 years since the Colorado Rockies drafted Iannetta out of the University of North Carolina. (Woonsocket Call)

Carolina Drops Opener To Charleston, 7-4

No. 12 North Carolina dropped its 2014 season opener to the College of Charleston, 7-4, Saturday afternoon at Patriots Point. Tom Zengel's two-run double helped the Tar Heels build an early 4-0 lead, but the Cougars rallied for five runs in the sixth and added two in the seventh to spring the upset. (GoHeels.com)

No. 11 Tar Heel Baseball Opens 2014 At Charleston

No. 11 North Carolina opens the 2014 baseball season in unusual fashion Saturday as the Tar Heels visit the College of Charleston for a three-game set at Patriots Point. Extreme winter weather in Chapel Hill left Boshamer Stadium covered in snow and ice, prompting the relocation of the series to the South Carolina Low Country. (GoHeels.com)

Five Things to Know About UNC Baseball in 2014

As the baseball season gets under way for the defending ACC champions here are five things you'll need to know about UNC's upcoming season. 1. Youth will be served: This is a young team. Looking at Baseball America's preview capsule, the projected starting lineup includes three freshmen and three sophomores to go along with one junior and two seniors. (Tar Heel Blog)

Astros’ Alex White focuses on health, not starts

While many Astros arrived this week ahead of Saturday’s report date for pitchers and catchers, Alex White has been around for months rehabbing. He underwent Tommy John surgery last April after he made the Astros’ rotation out of spring training. White wants his job back, to be sure, but this spring he has to focus on his health first. (Houston Chronicle)

Pitcher Trent Thornton steps into rotation

When he takes the mound Sunday against the College of Charleston, Trent Thornton will already have a College World Series and stints as a UNC starter and closer under his belt. But as a freshman coming into UNC’s top-ranked baseball program last season, no one knew exactly what to expect from him. That didn’t stop him from having the best season of any of the pitchers on the team. (Daily Tar Heel)

Baseball moved to Charleston, women's basketball still on

Weather has forced the UNC baseball team’s opening series against the College of Charleston to move to Charleston, according to the team’s Twitter account. Meanwhile, tonight’s UNC-Pittsburgh women’s basketball game is still on as of now, a team spokesman said. It will not be available on ESPN3, however. The Pittsburgh women’s basketball team arrived in North Carolina last night. (Daily Tar Heel)

Catcher Matt Roberts no longer with Tar Heels baseball team

Matt Roberts won’t be playing his senior season with North Carolina’s baseball team. Roberts, a catcher who was a starter for most of last season until a postseason injury, isn’t on the roster as the season begins this week. UNC coach Mike Fox said Roberts won’t be rejoining the team. Roberts had gone through fall practices, and Fox said he couldn’t comment beyond that. (Burlington Times News)

College Baseball's Preseason Top 25 for 2014

18. North Carolina: Losing seven MLB draftees and having only four seniors — this is as close as it gets to “rebuilding” for the Heels. Super sophs Landon Lassiter (.358), Skye Bolt (.321-6-51) and RHP Trent Thornton (12–1, 1.37) will be building blocks, and RHP Benton Moss (8-1, 3.77) is an All-America candidate. (Athlon Sports)

UNC Baseball's Sophomore Surge

Following a freshman campaign loaded with numerous accolades on the diamond, sophomore Skye Bolt will look to do more of the same as he transitions into new positions both on the field and in the clubhouse for North Carolina. The Fall World Series illuminated the difference a year can make on the dynamic of a team. (Inside Carolina)

Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller healthy again

The welcome sound of a baseball hitting a catcher’s glove was particularly loud when Andrew Miller took the mound on Thursday morning. Teammates glanced over, surprised to see somebody throwing with such force in an unofficial workout nine days before pitchers and catchers officially report for spring training. (Boston Globe)

Matt Harvey set to throw Feb. 22

Matt Harvey intends to pick up a baseball on Feb. 22 for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October. "They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery, and that's Feb. 22," Harvey told the New York Post. (ESPN.com)

Former UNC reliever Mason McCullough now pitching at Lander University

McCullough left North Carolina after two years as a reliever. He went 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 16 appearances as a freshman for a 2012 Tar Heels team that went 46-16 and went 0-1 with a 0.73 ERA in 17 appearances last spring for the 2013 Tar Heels that went a school-record 59-12, won the ACC championship and finished third in the College World Series. (Gaston Gazette)

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