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Dustin Ackley putting trust back in his hitting

Dustin Ackley can’t have a much better game than he did on Friday night. He made a spectacular catch in the outfield, picked up a career-high four hits and tied a career-high by driving in four runs in the Seattle’s win over Houston. But more impressive than his quantity of hits in the game was the quality of his hits and where they went on the field. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Video: Dustin Ackley's Road to the Bigs

Former North Carolina baseball star Dustin Ackley shares his journey from Little League all the way up to the Big Leagues. (MLB.com)

Matt Harvey to rest three weeks before Mets decide on Tommy John surgery

New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that star pitcher Matt Harvey will rest three weeks before the team decides whether to move forward with Tommy John surgery. Alderson said that while Harvey’s injury is “not a dream unrealized, it may be a dream deferred,” according to the Mets blog citing an interview the GM did Wednesday with ESPN Radio. (Sports Illustrated)

Coach Mike Fox: Past, Present, Future

The roaring success of Carolina Baseball over the past decade (the winningest program over that span) can no doubt be a double-edged sword. Victory brings expectations. Success breeds demands. It’s a paradox in a way — especially for the fans. The more you win, the more it hurts when you lose. No one remembers the end of a mediocre season. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heel Rundown: August 28

Columbia weather forecast for Thursday: high of 93...A graphic representation of the head-to-head breakdown between Carolina football and South Carolina football (hint: it may not be what you think)...John Swofford listed among Dennis Dodd's smartest people in college football...$4.62 billion was spent on college licensed merchandise last year (UNC ranked ninth on the list of biggest sellers) (GoHeels.com)

Dustin Ackley: Player Of Not No Consequence

Yesterday might’ve been the best game yet for DustinAckley since he returned from Tacoma, and though none of his teammates thought to contribute themselves, this was a game between the Mariners and the Angels, and the wins and losses didn’t matter. At this point we’re in it for the individual storylines, and Ackley’s been busy writing one. One of success, one of redemption. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Chaz Frank's heroics keep Canadians' playoff hopes alive

Chaz Frank helped keep the Vancouver Canadians' playoff hopes alive with his bat and then his glove Monday night. The centre-fielder singled home Dawel Lugo from third in the seventh inning to give the C's a 2-1 lead over the Spokane Indians at Nat Bailey Stadium. In the top of the eighth, he ran down a Joe Jackson fly ball in right centre and then threw Eduard Pinto out at first base to end the frame. (The Province)

Many reasons why Matt Harvey can still be a stud after elbow injury

The question has to be whether Harvey's injury, whether or not he needs surgery, will sap any of his velocity. Research by Bryce Stucki, a student at Virginia Tech in 2010, showed that there was no way to predict what might happen to radar gun readings upon a pitcher's return from Tommy John surgery—many hurlers lost speed, while others in fact gained it. (Sporting News)

Tar Heel Rundown: August 27

You know all those basketball players who weren't recruited by North Carolina and then torched the Tar Heels later (Miles Simon, this means you)? Maybe it works in reverse in football. Quinshad Davis, a South Carolina native, thinks he has some doubters among the Gamecocks. (GoHeels.com)

Report: Mets' Matt Harvey headed to DL with partially torn UCL

According to WFAN's Mike Francesa, Mets ace Matt Harvey is headed to the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Such an injury, of course, often leads to Tommy John surgery. Marc Carig of Newsday originally reported that Harvey underwent an MRI on Monday morning. (CBS Sports)

Tar Heel Rundown: August 26

Much of the buzz last week when the 2013-14 basketball schedule was released surrounded the challenging nature of Carolina's nonconference slate. But one non-league foe is having a rough summer: Texas. The Longhorns just lost their returning leading scorer to Europe. The program had already lost its second-leading returning scorer (transfer to Miami) and third-leading returning scorer (transfer to Fresno). (GoHeels.com)

Survey says Tar Heels are the real "Carolina"

There's much debate between backers of the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina about which is the 'real Carolina.' So with the teams kicking off their football seasons against each other Thursday we decided to take the question to someone without a vested interest - the people of Ohio. They say by a 67/33 margin that the Tar Heels are the real 'Carolina.' (scroll down) (Public Policy Polling)

Dustin Ackley feels fine after home-plate collision

Dustin Ackley insisted he felt fine despite an ugly-looking collision at home plate on the play that ultimately decided Wednesday’s game. He arrived standing up at home plate at the same time as the ball and sent Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt flying head over heels in the ensuing collision. Replays appeared to show Ackley was tagged out in time, but plate umpire Chad Fairchild ruled him safe. (Seattle Times)

Diamond Heels sharpen skills in summer

In a matter of days, North Carolina baseball players Trent Thornton and Skye Bolt went from eliminating N.C. State in the College World Series to joining forces with two of the Wolfpack’s top players. Thornton and Bolt played with the USA Collegiate National Team starting at the end of June and shared a team with N.C. State ace Carlos Rodon and shortstop leadoff hitter Trea Turner. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mark Fleury To Join UNC Baseball Coaching Staff

Former standout catcher and 2009 MLB Draft pick Mark Fleury will serve as an undergraduate assistant for the 2013-14 school year, North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox announced Tuesday. Fleury, who was a three-year letterman from 2007-09 and a fourth-round pick (No. 119 overall) by Cincinnati, will assist with the Tar Heel batters in addition to focusing on the catchers. (GoHeels.com)

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