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Mike Fox Calls 2014 Diamond Heels ‘Work In Progress’

The Tar Heels lost a big chunk of their batting lineup following last season. UNC baseball coach Mike Fox says this year’s offense remains a question mark. "I think your offense is always a work in progress, especially when you start some guys who haven’t been in the college game before. We’ll see how all that plays out." (Chapelboro.com)

Texas Rangers take a chance on Daniel Bard

Right-hander Daniel Bard, a dominant set-up reliever with Boston in 2010-11, signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers on Friday. Bard will not get on a mound until early in the season, general manager Jon Daniels said. Bard underwent thoracic outlet surgery in early January. Bard’s career has been on a downward spiral since the Red Sox put him into the rotation in 2012. (Dallas Morning News)

UNC Baseball Notebook

At a baseball media event today, coach Mike Fox and several of the UNC baseball players talked to the media about the upcoming season, which begins Feb. 14 against the College of Charleston. Here are some of the notes from the day: Fox said North Carolina’s infield was the biggest defensive question mark for the team this year. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Look At The 2014 Diamond Heels

Led by Coach Mike Fox, now in his 31st year as a college head coach, the Diamond Heels are ranked No. 17 preseason by Baseball America, while ACC rivals Virginia and N.C. State are ranked first and fifth, respectively. Carolina returns four starting positions players and three starting pitchers. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Marlins have keeper in third-base prospect Colin Moran

Before Casey McGehee signed in December, it was unclear who would play third base for the Marlins this season. But the organization has little doubt whom it expects to secure the hot corner for years to come. Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, is considered the third baseman of the future. The question is when? (MLB.com)

UNC Baseball Ranked 13th in Preseason Perfect Game Poll

While the Cavaliers lead the charge in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the league has plenty of representatives in the inaugural 2014 rankings — six to be exact with Florida State (4), North Carolina State (10), North Carolina (13), Clemson (14) and Miami (Fla.) (20). (Perfect Game)

UNC Ranked 17th in Preseason Baseball America Poll

Baseball America has released its preseason poll for the upcoming 2014 season. The Tar Heels check in at 17th and is one of six ACC teams ranked. Virginia will begin the season ranked #1 followed by #5 NC State, #6 Florida State, #13 Clemson, #16 Miami. (Tar Heel Blog)

Matt Harvey feels great, pushing his rehab schedule

Matt Harvey says he has progressed from rehabbing his arm (from Tommy John surgery) to regular upper-body workouts, and he hopes to begin playing catch by the end of February. He believes he is going as fast, and doing as well, as the rehab schedule allows. He says he has felt no pain, that there have been no setbacks. (NBC Sports)

Tar Heel Baseball Picked Second In Coastal

Virginia has been selected as the 2014 ACC baseball preseason favorite in a vote of the league's 14 head coaches, the league office announced Friday. Virginia was also named by 12 coaches as the likely Coastal Division winner. Defending ACC champion North Carolina received two first-place votes. (GoHeels.com)

Colin Moran Shifts Focus To Big Leagues

For former University of North Carolina baseball prodigy Colin Moran, playing Major League Baseball has been his dream for as long as he can remember. Now he finally gets his shot. Baseball is a family tradition, after all. (Chapelboro.com)

Committed to process, Alex White eyes Astros camp

Astros pitcher Alex White has spent most of the last few months throwing with rehab coordinator Daniel Roberts on the back fields at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., where the only eyes on them were the occasional birds that perch atop the light towers. (MLB.com)

Sylvia Hatchell Among Nominees for Kay Yow Champion Award

Several Tar Heels are among nominees for 2014 honors from the Greater Raleigh Sports Council, including two who are candidates for the inaugural Kay Yow Champion Award: UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and Chase Jones, a UNC alum and former member of the baseball team. (GoHeels.com)

Adam Warren, Rob Wooten To Headline 2014 First Pitch Dinner

For the sixth straight year, supporters and fans of the University of North Carolina baseball program will have the opportunity to kick off the upcoming season with a memorable evening at the Diamond Heels' First Pitch Dinner, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Loudermilk Center For Excellence at Kenan Stadium on the UNC campus. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, NC State to battle at DBAP in April as only meeting

After a flaw in scheduling did not have UNC and NC State playing each other in baseball this year, the head coaches came together to schedule a non-conference meeting at DBAP. Both head coaches, UNC's Mike Fox and NC State's Elliott Avent, were on hand in Durham Tuesday to announce the one-time neutral site showdown between the two national baseball powers taking place April 15 at 7 pm. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Matt Harvey demonstrates how to deal with Twitter trolls

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had a frustrating end to his 2013 season. While dominant in his time on the mound, an elbow injury resulting in Tommy John surgery put a stop to his year. To make up for that disappointment, Harvey is relaxing overseas during his recovery period, as anyone in his position would/should do. (SB Nation)

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