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Matt Harvey puts an exclamation point on dazzling spring

Matt Harvey’s exhibition season went so smoothly, he should have called it “spring break.” But instead of patrolling the Florida beaches and staying out for all-night parties, the Mets ace got his satisfaction by demonstrating his rehab from Tommy John surgery was a smashing success. (New York Post)

It's finally official: Adam Warren is the Yankees' No. 5 starter

It's been common knowledge since New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman called him the Secretariat of the No. 5 starter competition, but Joe Girardi finally made it official Wednesday: Adam Warren has won the fifth starting pitching job. He will start on Saturday April 11 against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Asked for his reasoning, Girardi ran down a list of Warren's assets. (ESPN.com)

Kyle Seager: The most underrated player in the majors

The most underrated player in the major leagues is fine with being called the most underrated player in the major leagues. "That would be alright with me," says Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. "I don’t mind that. I don’t try to seek too much of the attention. I’m really happy with what we have here." (ESPN.com)

Angels' Chris Iannetta sees clearly now

Of all the performance enhancers that can be purchased, never underestimate the one that helped turn around catcher Chris Iannetta’s time with the Angels. Contact lenses. It wasn’t just that Iannetta could see better once he got contacts halfway through the 2013 season. It didn’t take him so much strain and concentration to see. “It immediately had a big impact,” Iannetta said. (Orange County Register)

No. 18 Tar Heels Top Elon, 10-5

Hunter Williams worked six strong innings as No. 18 North Carolina beat Elon 10-5 Tuesday night at Latham Park. Joe Dudek homered for the Tar Heels, who took advantage of 12 walks from Phoenix pitchers as well as three Elon errors to improve to 17-11 on the year. Carolina will continue its four-game road trip Friday with the first of three at Clemson. (GoHeels.com)

After adjusting to fatherhood, Mariners' Dustin Ackley turns focus to the field

If Dustin Ackley's newborn son ends up following his father into baseball, don't be surprised if the little tyke develops into a pitcher, rather than a position player like his dad. The kid threw his parents a wicked curveball before even making it out of the womb. (Arizona Central)

The Week in UNC Baseball

The #18 Heels went 2-2 in their four home games last week. Carolina dominated Appalachian State 9-0, lost two close games to #10 Miami by a score of 4-3 and then pounded the Hurricanes on Sunday 10-3. The Heel's starting pitching allowed only three earned runs the entire week, but the bullpen and errors keep costing Carolina. The week in review: (Tar Heel Blog)

This Week With Mike Fox

Inside Carolina caught up with head coach Mike Fox after UNC’s series defeat at the hands of Miami. The Diamond Heels are 16-11 and 6-6 in the ACC as they hit the road this week at Elon on Tuesday before a three-game series at Clemson. "We are unbelievably disappointed that we did not win all three games but we certainly could have. That is that fine line between winning and losing in our league." (Inside Carolina)

No. 18 Tar Heels Pound No. 10 'Canes, 10-3

Benton Moss improved to 4-0 and Zack Gahagan matched a career high with four RBIs as No. 18 North Carolina beat No. 10 Miami 10-3 Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Boshamer Stadium. Joe Dudek had two doubles and scored three times for the Tar Heels, who improved to 16-11 and 6-6 in the ACC. Miami got two more hits from Johnny Ruiz but fell to 20-9 and 8-4 in the league. (GoHeels.com)

Can Adam Warren go the distance?

Among the many differences between Adam Warren and Secretariat -- the athlete New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman compared Warren to on Wednesday to characterize his lead in the fifth-starter competition -- there is one of paramount importance to Yankees fans. (ESPN.com)

Detroit Tigers release reliever Luke Putkonen

Luke Putkonen entered camp with a chance to crack the Detroit Tigers' opening day roster. Now, he's out of a job. Putkonen has been released, the Tigers confirmed early Saturday. The move was made nearly two months after the 28-year-old was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Putkonen was extended an invitation to big league camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. (MLive.com)

No. 10 Miami Outlasts No. 18 UNC, 4-3

Zack Collins' two-out home run in the 11th was the deciding run as No. 10 Miami scored a wild 4-3 win over No. 18 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina rallied to tie it in the ninth and the 10th against UM closer Bryan Garcia but left two on in the 11th against Cooper Hammond (3-1) to drop its second one-run game of the series. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey impresses again, looks ready for first start

The potential for distraction was all around Matt Harvey Friday morning before his start against the Cardinals. It was his 26th birthday. There was cake. It rained and the game was delayed for 26 minutes at the start. But Harvey again passed a spring training test with no issues. The Mets' -- ahem -- No. 3 starter allowed one run in 41/3 innings in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis at Roger Dean Stadium. (Newsday)

No. 10 Miami Rallies To Top No. 18 UNC, 4-3

No. 10 Miami scored three times in the ninth to grab a 4-3 win over No. 18 North Carolina Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. UM's Willie Abreu tied it with a two-run single ahead of Johnny Ruiz's game-winning RBI off Trent Thornton. Zac Gallen allowed just one run in seven innings for the Tar Heels. Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. (GoHeels.com)

Adam Warren runs away from the field

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman grew up around racehorses -- he grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and his late father, John, is in the Standardbred Racing Hall of Fame -- so when he chooses the kind of analogy he used on Wednesday to describe the kind of spring Adam Warren has had, you can safely bet the race for the No. 5 starter's job is over. (ESPN.com)

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