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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)

Benton Moss, Trent Thornton Ready to Reload for Omaha

Opening day of the North Carolina baseball season is a week away. The Tar Heels will open their 2014 campaign against College of Charleston Friday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in Boshamer Stadium. Sophomore pitcher Trent Thornton says the team was surprised by the No. 17 preseason ranking. "There’s definitely a chip on our shoulder this year. We’re going to use that to our advantage,” Thornton says. (Chapelboro.com)

Daniel Bard looks to make comeback with Rangers

Daniel Bard did his research, he talked to doctors and physical therapists and he consulted with some prominent pitchers who were afflicted by the same malady. His quest for answers brought him to the conclusion there is life after Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, he can become the dominant pitcher that he once was and the right place to see his odyssey through is with the Rangers. (MLB.com)

Dustin Ackley As Lead-Off Hitter?

Dustin Ackley is a man of many hats. Not only in referring to his gnome lookalike. His versatility has drawn comparisons to that of Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist and further allowed his club to acquire the most productive positional player in this year's free-agent market in Robinson Cano, taking his own talents to the outfield in 2014. So, what hat will Ackley wear next? Lead-off hitter has a nice ring to it. (Lookout Landing)

UNC Baseball Set For Fifteen TV Games

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the broadcast coverage Thursday for its Olympic sports for the upcoming spring season, and North Carolina baseball will be featured 15 times across ESPNU, ESPN3 and RSN. In addition to Carolina's 15 appearances on the ACC package, another 21 home games will be streamed live on GoHeelsTV. (GoHeels.com)

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