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Andrew Miller’s Career Transformation With Red Sox A Product Of Comfort

Andrew Miller had all the makings of a first-round bust before getting traded to the Boston Red Sox in November 2010. Then, something clicked. Miller struggled in his brief major league stint with Boston in 2011, posting a 5.54 ERA in 17 appearances (12 starts). (NESN)

This Week With Mike Fox

"It was a good week for us winning three games and having a good win over Davidson and two wins on Saturday on our first conference series, but we were disappointed in not being able to sweep the series but you have to give them some credit for taking advantage of when we opened the door for them with mistakes and we need to learn from our mistakes and move on." (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: So Many Choices

Before each college semester or important event in the life of Benton Moss, his father, Tom, types up a letter that the duo refer to as "nuggets." "I called them nuggets," Tom says, "because it sounded cooler than 'advice.'" When Benton came back to Carolina in January for the start of the spring semester, there were these three nuggets: (GoHeels.com)

Monday Baseball Report

The Tar Heels ran their winning streak to nine game before dropping the last game of the weekend series vs Pitt. Still UNC got the series win to open ACC play. At present, UNC is still being paced offensively by freshman bats but there were signs this week of Landon Lassiter and Skye Bolt starting to snap out of their season opening slump a bit. (Tar Heel Blog)

No. 15 Tar Heels Fall To Pitt In Series Finale, 6-4

Pittsburgh scored two runs in the eighth inning to post a 6-4 win over No. 15 North Carolina in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Hobie Harris threw 2.1 innings of hitless relief to get the win, while Spencer Trayner took the loss for the Tar Heels. Zac Gallen allowed just three hits over 6.1 innings but allowed four earned runs in a no-decision. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey tweet predicts 2014 return, making Mets uncomfortable

The Mets don't want Matt Harvey's desire to return this season from Tommy John surgery to become a focal point of spring training. They really don't. But Harvey continues to make that desire known publicly, and it apparently continues to make the Mets uneasy. (Newsday)

Moss Leads No. 15 Carolina Past Pitt, 2-1

Benton Moss finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts and No. 15 North Carolina won the second game of an ACC doubleheader 2-1 over Pittsburgh Saturday at Boshamer Stadium. Moss, who threw his first career complete game in his last outing against North Florida, went 7.0 innings and allowed just one run to improve to 2-1 on the year. (GoHeels.com)

No. 15 Tar Heels Slam Pitt, 9-5

Joe Dudek's first career grand slam highlighted a 6-run first and No. 15 North Carolina opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 9-5 win over league newcomer Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Trent Thornton went 6.2 innings for his fourth win of the year and Chris McCue got the final four outs for his fifth save in as many chances. (GoHeels.com)

Alex White continues way back from Tommy John surgery

Alex White threw two innings in a live batting practice session on Wednesday and he’s throwing on every fifth day as he builds back up from Tommy John surgery he underwent last April. “I think right now we’re just kind of going on how I feel,” White said. “I think I could go in a game right now and get some people out but there’s certainly no reason to rush that.” (Houston Chronicle)

20 years later, Robin Ventura remembers Michael Jordan's White Sox debut

Twenty years ago, the biggest name in basketball made his debut in baseball. Michael Jordan went 0-1 in a spring training game with the White Sox on March 4, 1994, beginning his one-year foray into baseball. White Sox manager Robin Ventura was part of that first spring training with Jordan, and remembered how the presence of No. 23 (who wore No. 45, since Ventura wore No. 23) livened up camp. (CSN Chicago)

No. 15 Tar Heels Top Davidson, 10-3

No. 15 North Carolina won its seventh straight game with a 10-3 defeat of Davidson Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Sophomore Reilly Hovis got his second win of the season for Carolina with three scoreless and hitless innings of work in which he struck out five. Carolina will open its next series on Friday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Chapel Hill against ACC newcomer Pittsburgh. (GoHeels.com)

Former Tar Heels reunited at Houston Astros’ training camp

Another benefit of Kent Emanuel's three years with the Tar Heels, he said, was the relationships he developed with his teammates, some of who have moved on to the pros at the same time as Emanuel. One is even a member of the Houston Astros organization. “You have someone to share the process with. Holby (Brian Holberton) and I are roommates here so it makes it that much better.” (Toronto Observer)

Brian Holberton’s versatility could take him far

Versatility seems to be the name of the game for Houston Astros minor league catcher Brian Holberton. Whether it is between his academic career and baseball, to what position Holberton takes when he hits the field, it seems the 21 year-old backstop from Cornelius, North Carolina will have a bright future wherever it may take him. (Toronto Observer)

Shifting to left field, Dustin Ackley finding his comfort zone

A year ago, Dustin Ackley was searching. Searching for his swing, searching for his position on the team, searching for answers as to why things weren't going as easily as they always had in his baseball past. But the 26-year-old former first-round Draft pick looks like a different man in Mariners camp this spring. He looks more comfortable at the plate. (MLB.com)

Tuesday Baseball Report

After starting the season 1-3, UNC has righted the ship a bit going 4-0 last week which included a sweep of North Florida. In the midweek game, UNC jumped all over Appalachian State scoring 10 runs in the first three innings. The Tar Heels were helped in large part by five Mountaineer walks in the first inning and four errors in the first two frames. (Tar Heel Blog)

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