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Matt Harvey doesn't hold anything back in first live batting practice session

Live batting practice reveals little about where a pitcher stands, especially when it comes in the earliest days of spring training. Take, for example, Matt Harvey's session Monday. Of the 26 pitches he threw to five simulated batters, two were curveballs in the dirt that fooled Curtis Granderson and David Wright. But they came with the hitters in simulated situational hitting situations -- hit-and-runs and the like -- meaning that they had to swing. (Newsday)

Dustin Ackley Recalls a Day His Life Changed Direction

People tend to remember dates when something significant happens. For Dustin Ackley, it was May 5, 2008. Ackley, outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, found that the U. of North Carolina (UNC) offered him more than just an excellent education and a great baseball program. It also offered him an avenue to a closer relationship with God. (Athletes in Action)

No. 11 Diamond Heels Hold Off Liberty, 6-4

Trevor Kelley tossed 5.1 innings of stellar relief and Zack Gahagan hit his first career home run as No. 11 North Carolina beat Liberty 6-4 Monday at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Alex Raburn added three hits for the Tar Heels, who out-hit the Flames 12-3 but needed a five-out save from Trent Thornton to seal the first midweek win of the year. (GoHeels.com)

This Week With Mike Fox

Head coach Mike Fox spoke with Inside Carolina after the Diamond Heels returned from Spartanburg, S.C. with a series victory over Rhode Island. At 6-3, the team added a Monday game at Liberty, will host VCU on Tuesday and then begins ACC play hosting a weekend series against Duke. (Inside Carolina)

Matt Harvey: 'I couldn't feel better'

At 6-foot-6, top prospect Noah Syndergaard is not often the undercard. Yet that's exactly what Syndergaard found himself on a gray Friday morning at Mets camp. Matt Harvey attracted a sizable crowd as he warmed up on a side mound for his first time facing batters since Tommy John surgery. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels Drop Series Finale To URI, 6-3

Lou Distasio tossed six shutout innings and Rhode Island salvaged the final game of the series for its first win of the year, 6-3 over No. 11 North Carolina at Francis Marion's Sparrow Stadium. Zac Gallen had a career-high nine strikeouts and allowed just one earned run in six, but took the hard-luck loss in his first start of 2015. (GoHeels.com)

No. 11 Tar Heels Grab Two From URI

Benton Moss struck out 10 in 7.0 shutout innings, Trent Thornton posted a pair of five-out saves and No. 11 North Carolina took both games of a doubleheader from Rhode Island, 4-3 and 5-3, Friday at Sparrow Stadium on the campus of Francis Marion University. After Moss' gem in the opener, freshman Hansen Butler pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in game two for his first career win. (GoHeels.com)

Mets' ace Matt Harvey gets his own ESPN documentary; Watch the preview

Matt Harvey is on the precipice of a return to the mound with the Mets but he has spent the past year away from the field and rehabbing. It seems ESPN was there to document it. Harvey will be the subject of an E:60 video chronicling his return. The motif: The Dark Knight. (NJ.com)

Daniel Bard refreshed for comeback with Cubs after taking time off

Instead of pitching last summer, Daniel Bard rode a bike across Iowa. He then flew to Europe and drove around France, Switzerland and Germany with his wife. "I said, 'I need a break.' And I took it, and it's the best thing I could've done," Bard said. He needed the extended vacation because Bard had gone from being one of the best setup pitchers in baseball with the Red Sox to struggling to retire Minor League hitters. (MLB.com)

Matt Harvey already impressing in Mets camp

Back in 2013, 24-year-old Matt Harvey started the All-Star Game in front of his home fans in Mets' home Citi Field and ended up finishing fourth in the NL in Cy Young voting. That season was cut short with an elbow injury and he eventually had Tommy John surgery. ()

Tar Heels To Host Rhode Island At Francis Marion

Winter weather has caused the relocation of North Carolina's weekend series against Rhode Island, and the two teams will now play at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. The series will begin with a doubleheader Friday at 11 a.m., with the final game set for 7 p.m. Saturday. This weekend's change makes it eight consecutive home games affected by snow, ice and extreme temperatures. (GoHeels.com)

Will Andrew Miller be the Yankees closer?

Andrew Miller stood atop the mound in the Yankees bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Monday morning to face his first, and perhaps most intimidating, hitter of the spring thus far. Granted this hitter didn't have a bat and is 60 years old, but still. (NJ.com)

Dustin Ackley's newborn son couldn't wait for Spring Training

For Dustin Ackley, no matter what stresses come his way this baseball season, nothing will likely match his cross-country journey from Michigan to Arizona that was interrupted midway by the unexpected arrival of his first child. After setting off by RV from Lapeer, Mich., for their annual trek west with their two dogs in tow, things got a little crazy for the Ackleys. (MLB.com)

This Week with Mike Fox

Inside Carolina caught up with North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox after the Diamond Heels returned from a series loss to UCLA in Orlando. The Tar Heels are 4-2 heading into a pair of mid-week games hosting St. John's and Winthrop before a weekend series against Rhode Island at Boshamer Stadium. (Inside Carolina)

Series Recap: UCLA

The #17 Heels took on #11 UCLA in Orlando and lost the series 2-1. The Heels lost 8-5 on Friday, won 9-6 on Saturday and then got blown out 12-4 on Sunday. Carolina and UCLA were originally supposed to play their three-game series in Chapel Hill but the winter storm forced the two teams to move their games to Orlando, specifically to UCF's campus. (Tar Heel Blog)

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