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Trade to Houston Astros a 'whirlwind' for Colin Moran

Colin Moran and his brother, Brian, exchanged text messages Wednesday afternoon, just around the time baseball's trade deadline passed. When Brian, a pitcher in the Angels organization, read his brother's club had acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart from the Astros, he passed along the news. The response came back from Colin: "I wonder who is in it?" It turned out Moran himself was a central piece. (Lower Hudson Journal News)

Mariners' Ackley doesn’t worry about where he bats in lineup

Left fielder Dustin Ackley, back atop the Seattle Mariners lineup, contends one popular view for the leadoff role — making a concerted effort to see pitches — is a counter-productive approach. At least for him. Ackley served as the Mariners' leadoff hitter Wednesday for the second straight game. He was 3-for-5 in Tuesday's victory when he filled the role for the first time since last season. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Houston Astros land Colin Moran in 6-player deal

The Marlins announced shortly after the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed that they sent three prospects, including Colin Moran -- their top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft -- to Houston in exchange for Astros starter Jarred Cosart, utility player Kiké Hernandez and outfield prospect Austin Wates. Moran hit .294 with five homers, 21 doubles and 33 RBIs in 89 games for Class A Advanced Jupiter. (MLB.com)

Red Sox trade Andrew Miller to Orioles

Andrew Miller is the latest Red Sox pitcher headed out of town. The Red Sox traded Miller to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. The Red Sox will receive minor-league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who is assigned to the Double A Bowie Baysox. Miller is a quality lefthanded reliever who is 3-5 with a 2.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 42? innings this season. (Boston Globe)

Mariners move hot-hitting Dustin Ackley to leadoff spot

In 11 games since the All-Star break, Ackley is hitting .444 (20 for 45) with seven doubles and one triple. Ackley says he won’t change anything — he’ has done it enough to know that you can’t do that and hit leadoff. He won’t be trying to channel Rickey Henderson. “In Triple A, when I started leading off, I think it was kind of getting those thoughts out of your head,” he said. (Seattle Times)

Confident Mike Morin shows his value as Angels reliever

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked a few days ago if rookie reliever Mike Morin gained confidence from a strikeout of Miguel Cabrera. He shook his head and chuckled a bit. Morin, he explained, is not lacking confidence. An example off the field, one that occurred way before he was even drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, perfectly illustrates Scioscia's point. (FOX Sports)

Dustin Ackley continues hot hitting in July

This is the Dustin Ackley the Seattle Mariners have been waiting for. And with the outfielder’s newfound success in the batter’s box has come a new position in the lineup, one that manager Lloyd McClendon believes best suits Ackley, so long as he sustains the approach that has led to a productive July. Sunday’s effort boosted Ackley’s July batting average to .375, and bumped his season average to .251. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Mariners tab Kyle Seager for Heart and Hustle Award

All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager was selected Tuesday as the Mariners' nominee for the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award from the MLB Players Alumni Association. Seager is one of 30 finalists for the award. The honor is presented to a player who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of Major League Baseball. (MLB.com)

Dustin Ackley robs homer with leaping grab, joins 'catch of the year' discussion

You'll excuse Dustin Ackley if he's not as graceful as some of the outfielders who often get associated with great leaping catches. Ackley, the Seattle Mariners left fielder these days, was a second baseman until mid 2013. But his impressive leaping grab Monday night to steal a home run from Travis d'Arnaud of the New York Mets, proved that Ackley is a real outfielder now. (Yahoo! Sports)

Reilly Hovis Named To Cape Cod All-Star Team

UNC rising junior Reilly Hovis will represent the Orleans Firebirds in the 2014 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. Hovis will suit up for the East Division squad at Doran Park on Sunday, July 27. A first-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore at UNC, Hovis has continued his standout 2014 in the Cape. The Gastonia, N.C., product has a 1.39 ERA in 19.1 innings for the Firebirds. (GoHeels.com)

Michael Russell launches pro baseball career

Michael Russell’s dreams of professional baseball have been dancing in his head for a long time. They’re now a reality. Russell, a Huntersville native, had a star prep career at Hopewell High. He followed that with three standout college seasons at North Carolina. The culmination came last month when the Tampa Bay Rays drafted Russell, a shortstop, in the fifth round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft. (Huntersville Herald)

Kyle Seager savors first All-Star Game

The whirlwind of his first All-Star Game was a blur to Kyle Seager. The Mariners third baseman spent his three days in Minneapolis just trying to keep up with everyone and everything. It was all that he expected it would be and more. “It was so much more,” he said. “All the festivities and everything. This is such an amazing experience. I’m just truly blessed to be here.” (Seattle Times)

Former Tar Heel Kyle Seager Ready For ‘Honor’ Of All-Star Status

There will be some Tar Heel flavor present Tuesday night at Target Field for the annual MLB All-Star Game. Former Carolina standout and current Seattle Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager will take to the field in front of the national spotlight. “This is obviously a dream come true. Everybody grows up wanting to play in the big leagues and become an All-Star,” Seager says. (Chapelboro.com)

Mets' Matt Harvey says he's done some 'growing up' this year

A year ago, Matt Harvey was one of the brightest stars at the All-Star Game, the new face of the Mets who was lighting up all of baseball with his lightning-quick fastball and larger-than-life (maybe too large for some) persona. But about five weeks after that All-Star Game start, Harvey was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. “It’s been a long year, a tough year,” Harvey admitted. (New York Daily News)

Q&A with former UNC baseball player Kyle Seager

Kyle Seager, former UNC baseball player and current Seattle Mariners third baseman, was named to the 2014 American League All-Star team on Monday — becoming the eighth Tar Heel All-Star. Summer sports editor Pat James talked with Seager prior to Tuesday's All-Star game in Minneapolis, Minn. about being named an All-Star, his UNC career and what's ahead of him. (Daily Tar Heel)

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