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Ackley Homers Twice, Seager Once as Mariners Top Astros

Dustin Ackley hit two solo homers, and Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit three-run shots as the Seattle Mariners cruised to a 10-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Ackley homered in the third and eighth innings for his second career multihomer game for the Mariners, who entered the day one game back for the second AL wild card spot. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Tar Heel Trio Headed To MLB Playoffs

Three former UNC baseball standouts are headed to the MLB playoffs after their teams clinched division titles this week. Andrew Miller and the Baltimore Orioles secure the AL East crown on Tuesday with a win over Toronto, while Chris Iannetta and Mike Morin of the Los Angeles Angels wrapped up the AL West title with a win and an Oakland loss on Wednesday. (GoHeels.com)

Gold Glove Candidate – Kyle Seager

We’ve all seen Kyle Seager turn into one of the offensive leaders of this Mariners club, but Manager Lloyd McClendon wants to make sure people do not ignore his glove work at the hot corner. Seager’s defense ranks not just second amongst American League third basemen, he ranks as the second-best defensive player in the American League. (MLB.com)

Mets' Matt Harvey hits 95 mph in final rehab bullpen session

On Monday, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who's recovering from October 2013 Tommy John surgery and who won't pitch this season, had a successful final bullpen session of 2014 according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com: "Matt Harvey was consistently throwing 95 mph in his final bullpen session of the year today, according to Sandy Alderson. #Mets" — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo). (CBS Sports)

Andrew Miller's slider: A brief appreciation

As you may have noticed, Baltimore Orioles lefty reliever Andrew Miller is having a rather handsome 2014 season. In 59 innings for the Red Sox and O's, he's pitched to a 1.98 ERA, and he's struck out a rather astounding 42.4 percent of hitters while walking just 7.0 percent of same. Bulletin: Those are very good numbers. (CBS Sports)

Angels reliever Mike Morin sees room for improvement

Mike Morin seemed agitated and upset after Tuesday night’s 9-3 win over the Texas Rangers, but the Angels reliever said it had nothing to do with a ninth-inning mound visit from Mike Scioscia, who appeared to have some stern words for the rookie right-hander. (Los Angeles Times)

Colin Moran Tries To Make His Own Way

Colin Moran’s promotion to Corpus Christi entailed no controversy, but the sixth overall pick in 2013 was a lightning rod nonetheless in his first full pro season. He opened at high Class A Jupiter in the Florida State League, and scouts who saw him there came away scratching their heads about the 21-year-old nephew of ex-big leaguer B.J. Surhoff. (Baseball America)

Mike Roberts Named to ABCA Hall of Fame

The American Baseball Coaches Association is pleased to announce its five-member ABCA Hall of Fame class of 2015. Denney Crabaugh, Mark Fuller, Fred Hill, Ray Korn and Mike Roberts will be inducted on Jan. 3, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Mike Roberts led the University of North Carolina to nine NCAA Tournaments and two College World Series appearances in 21 seasons in Chapel Hill. (ABCA.org)

Kyle Seager feasting on home cooking

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is on pace for the second-best slugging percentage in a single season at Safeco Field for players with at least 150 plate appearances. Seager entered Saturday with a .586 slugging percentage in 269 plate appearances in 68 games this season at Safeco. The only player to do better is Ken Griffey, Jr. (Tacoma News Tribune)

After fixing mechanics, Dustin Ackley looking like new hitter

Lloyd McClendon doesn't know if Dustin Ackley is more confident now than earlier this season. But the Mariners manager does have a new nickname that reflects his stoic left fielder's barely-groomed black beard and North Carolina upbringing. "The 'Mountain Man' is a hard guy to read," McClendon said. More clear is Ackley's penchant for finding his rhythm at the plate as the season chugs along. (MLB.com)

Student athletes as artists

Senior Benton Moss started playing baseball at 5 years old. Not long after that, he started playing the piano, at 7 years old. Moss has served as a starting pitcher for UNC’s baseball team since his freshman year, and he said he hopes to one day record his own music. (Daily Tar Heel)

Colin Moran excelling since joining Astros' system

Colin Moran has performed well since joining Double-A Corpus Christi. Through 22 games, Moran was hitting .307 with a .357 on-base percentage, two homers and 18 RBIs. He entered Wednesday on a six-game hitting streak, during which he was 9-for-27. The 6-foot-4 Moran was taken with the sixth overall pick out of North Carolina by the Marlins in 2013. (MLB.com)

Andrew Miller discusses his transition since joining the Orioles

Since Andrew Miller came to the Orioles three weeks ago, the adjustment has been a smooth one. In eight games, he has allowed a run on just two hits in 7 1/3 innings. He’s walked three and struck out 11. The Orioles are 6-2 in the games he’s pitched. “Overall, it’s been great,” Miller said. “Everybody’s been so welcoming. Everybody’s gone out of their way to make my transition easier." (CSN Baltimore)

Mets to reassess Matt Harvey's rehab

Matt Harvey keeps saying he wants to pitch in an MLB game this season. Now the New York Mets might keep him from pitching in any kind of game before spring training. Describing a setback suffered this week by Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner as a "cautionary story for others," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he already has talked to Harvey about slowing down the ace's own recovery from Tommy John surgery. (ESPN.com)

Luke Putkonen may be cleared to pitch this season

Tigers long reliever Luke Putkonen still has a chance to be ready to pitch by season's end, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. "He's throwing with that in mind," Rand said of Putkonen, out since mid-April with right elbow inflammation. Putkonen threw off a mound for the first time in his rehab process Friday, delivering a 25-pitch bullpen session that included only fastballs. (Detroit Tigers)

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