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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)

Underrated Mariners star Kyle Seager getting his All-Star due

This season, it is Seager, the 26-year-old former Tar Heel making $540,000 this year—and not $240 million second baseman Robinson Cano—who has been the best player on a Mariners team that is making a serious run at their first postseason in 13 years (if the season ended today, Seattle would be the AL’s second wild card team). (Sports Illustrated)

Best Games Of 2013-14: No. 7

No. 7: Carolina 5, NC State 4 - Baseball, May 20, 2014: It was a game 11 months in the making that seemed both unlikely to happen and, at the same time, inevitable. After Carolina eliminated NC State in the 2013 College World Series to cap a memorable five-game, three-city showdown between the two programs, both fan bases began eagerly anticipating 2014. (GoHeels.com)

Andrew Miller may be Red Sox's hottest trade commodity

First, the numbers: In 41 appearances, Miller has a 2.34 ERA, is averaging 14.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and just 2.6 walks per nine, all career bests. He has 57 strikeouts and 10 walks in 34 2/3 innings, and has allowed just one home run all season, the one by Chris Parmelee of the Twins on May 14 in Minnesota’s Target Field that accounted for one of those walkoff losses. (ESPN.com)

Seager 'honored' to replace Encarnacion on AL All-Star squad

When Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's name popped up on Kyle Seager's phone Monday morning, the young third baseman figured he'd better take the call, even though he was shopping with wife, Julie, and their young son, Crue. "I was actually leaving Babies R Us," said Seager, smiling. (MLB.com)

Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager named to AL All-Star Team

Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager was named to the American League All-Star Team Monday to replace injured Edwin Encarnacion of Toronto. Seager, at age 26, will make his first All-Star game appearance in his fourth Major League season. Seager is hitting .274 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 21 doubles. (Seattle Times)

Play of the Day: Mike Morin catches a deflected pop-up for the out (video)

This wasn’t quite in the Bob Boone/Pete Rose echelon of deflected pop-up catches, but Angels reliever Mike Morin made a good one nonetheless on Sunday afternoon against the Astros. With a runner on first base and two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Jonathan Singleton popped up a 3-1 fastball. (NBC Sports)

Kyle Seager among biggest All-Star snubs

Biggest MLB All-Star snubs: Ian Kinsler, Tigers; Kyle Seager, Mariners. And that led to Kinsler and Seager being this year's biggest snubs. Entering Sunday, Kinsler ranked third among AL position players in fWAR and Seager seventh. In Baseball-Reference WAR, they ranked third and sixth, so by either measure two of the American League's top 10 players didn't make it. (ESPN.com)

All signs pointing up for Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager

The general view among the Mariners is that Kyle Seager remains a work in progress. That as good as he’s been this season — and it’s easy to build an All-Star case on his behalf — there’s more to come. Much more. “He can be really good,” second baseman Robinson Cano said. “Really good. Trust me, this is 2014. You will see in the next few years how good he can be.” (The Olympian)

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