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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)

School rivalries shouldn’t turn fans into criminals

The Free Expression Tunnel at N.C. State exists to combat graffiti on campus. Just because UNC doesn’t have an equivalent space on its campus doesn’t give N.C. State fans the right to paint UNC buildings or signs. Similarly, UNC fans shouldn’t have vandalized the wolves when there is a tunnel designated for free expression within 100 feet of them. The paint war is childish, and we should realize that we are both in the wrong. (The Technician)

Peter Gammons: Daniel Bard gets fresh start after surgery

Daniel Bard is still but 28, and even after all those Camusian moments in the inescapable whirlpool, he returned home from Puerto Rico and opened his ears and mind to other voices. Maybe it was vascular, maybe it was TOS, maybe, just maybe, he will make it back with the Texas Rangers and once again be the guy throwing 98 and 100 miles an hour. (Gammons Daily)

Mike Fox Calls 2014 Diamond Heels ‘Work In Progress’

The Tar Heels lost a big chunk of their batting lineup following last season. UNC baseball coach Mike Fox says this year’s offense remains a question mark. "I think your offense is always a work in progress, especially when you start some guys who haven’t been in the college game before. We’ll see how all that plays out." (Chapelboro.com)

Texas Rangers take a chance on Daniel Bard

Right-hander Daniel Bard, a dominant set-up reliever with Boston in 2010-11, signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers on Friday. Bard will not get on a mound until early in the season, general manager Jon Daniels said. Bard underwent thoracic outlet surgery in early January. Bard’s career has been on a downward spiral since the Red Sox put him into the rotation in 2012. (Dallas Morning News)

UNC Baseball Notebook

At a baseball media event today, coach Mike Fox and several of the UNC baseball players talked to the media about the upcoming season, which begins Feb. 14 against the College of Charleston. Here are some of the notes from the day: Fox said North Carolina’s infield was the biggest defensive question mark for the team this year. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Look At The 2014 Diamond Heels

Led by Coach Mike Fox, now in his 31st year as a college head coach, the Diamond Heels are ranked No. 17 preseason by Baseball America, while ACC rivals Virginia and N.C. State are ranked first and fifth, respectively. Carolina returns four starting positions players and three starting pitchers. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Marlins have keeper in third-base prospect Colin Moran

Before Casey McGehee signed in December, it was unclear who would play third base for the Marlins this season. But the organization has little doubt whom it expects to secure the hot corner for years to come. Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, is considered the third baseman of the future. The question is when? (MLB.com)

UNC Baseball Ranked 13th in Preseason Perfect Game Poll

While the Cavaliers lead the charge in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the league has plenty of representatives in the inaugural 2014 rankings — six to be exact with Florida State (4), North Carolina State (10), North Carolina (13), Clemson (14) and Miami (Fla.) (20). (Perfect Game)

UNC Ranked 17th in Preseason Baseball America Poll

Baseball America has released its preseason poll for the upcoming 2014 season. The Tar Heels check in at 17th and is one of six ACC teams ranked. Virginia will begin the season ranked #1 followed by #5 NC State, #6 Florida State, #13 Clemson, #16 Miami. (Tar Heel Blog)

Matt Harvey feels great, pushing his rehab schedule

Matt Harvey says he has progressed from rehabbing his arm (from Tommy John surgery) to regular upper-body workouts, and he hopes to begin playing catch by the end of February. He believes he is going as fast, and doing as well, as the rehab schedule allows. He says he has felt no pain, that there have been no setbacks. (NBC Sports)

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