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Tar Heels Head To Summer Baseball Leagues This Week

UNC baseball players will spread throughout the United States to play in some of the nation's top summer leagues. J.B. Bukauskas, who has accepted an invitation to play with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, leads a deep list of Tar Heels who will sharpen their skills against other top NCAA talent. Here's a full list of the Carolina summer placements: (GoHeels.com)

When it comes to Seager, don’t forget about Kyle

He signed a seven-year, $100 million contract after the 2014 season and no one talks about him. Kyle Seager impressed the Mariners’ brass so much that they saw him as the third baseman of the present and the future and rewarded him as such. The older of the Seager brothers had a career year in 2014 with a .268 average, 25 homers and 96 runs batted in. (Today's Knuckleball)

Analysis: What happened to UNC baseball?

Strengths became question marks, and the few weaknesses the UNC baseball team had over the first 20 games of the season became bigger and bigger problems over the final 35. Things culminated with Monday’s news that the Tar Heels had missed out on the NCAA Tournament field for the second year in a row. So what happened to North Carolina? (Daily Tar Heel)

Jacob Stallings busts out with seven-RBI night

Jacob Stallings' hard work and perseverance paid off with a personal-best and club-record night Tuesday. The Pittsburgh catching prospect homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs as Triple-A Indianapolis beat Rochester, 9-3. The RBI total marked the most by an Indians player in the 20-year history of Victory Field. (MILB.com)

UNC transfer Zach Daly powering Lander at Division II CWS

Zach Daly was good enough to be recruited to UNC after a standout career at Forestview, and helped the Tar Heels earn a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. But he was never able to secure a spot in the everyday lineup. So after two seasons of only part-time duty, he opted for a change of scenery and transferred to Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. (Wilmington Star News)

Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder this week, ending his season. It’s unclear whether Ackley will be ready for the start of next season, but manager Joe Girardi said he hopes the infielder/outfielder will be “close to ready” next spring. The Yankees will use Austin Romine as the backup first baseman for the immediate future. (New York Daily News)

J.B. Bukauskas To Join USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

North Carolina sophomore right-hander J.B. Bukauskas has accepted an invitation to join the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Bukauskas, who was 7-2 with 111 strikeouts in his second season as a Tar Heel, becomes the 27th player in program history to represent UNC on a United States national team. (GoHeels.com)

Astros option Colin Moran back to Class AAA Fresno

As the rest of his teammates showered, dressed and readied for a Monday night off, Colin Moran packed his bags for Albuquerque, N.M. The Astros optioned Moran back to Class AAA Fresno after their 8-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The move corresponded with the pending return of center fielder Carlos Gomez. (Houston Chronicle)

Matt Harvey shuts down White Sox, wins back Mets fans

This summer, you'll hear it again, Terry Collins told Matt Harvey. Who knew it could happen this month? Who knew it could happen this fast? Eleven days after he was booed off the Citi Field mound after the worst start of his career, Harvey heard New York Mets fans chanting his name Monday, after a start that was right up there with his best. (ESPN.com)

UNC Baseball's RPI Not Enough for NCAAT Bid

North Carolina’s difficult schedule and its 14 wins over RPI Top-50 opponents was not enough to overcome its 13-17 ACC record on Monday as Mike Fox’s club was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. UNC (34-21, 13-17 ACC) lost 19 of its final 35 games and six of its final eight ACC series to miss out on last week's ACC Tournament for the first time since 2010. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Misses NCAA Baseball Tournament for 2nd Straight Season

The ACC set a record with 10 teams in the NCAA Baseball Tournament but the Selection Committee was unwilling to make it 11 as the Tar Heels miss the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. The Tar Heels end the season 34-21 and 13-17 in ACC play. There was some measure of hope for UNC given the reliance on the RPI in setting the regional hosts. (Tar Heel Blog)

Decision Day: Will UNC Make the NCAA Tournament in Baseball?

Can UNC sneak into the NCAA Baseball Tournament field after missing the ACC Tournament? That question will be answered today at noon when the NCAA Tournament field is announced. UNC is in a peculiar situation. The Tar Heels failed to make the ACC Tournament, which feels like it settles the question. However, UNC's RPI is stout. (Tar Heel Blog)

Astros’ Colin Moran records first MLB hit

Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran finally recorded his first career hit. Playing in his fifth game since being called up from Triple-A Fresno, Moran took a Matt Shoemaker pitch to center field in the fifth inning of Houston’s matchup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The former sixth-overall pick of the 2013 draft had gone 0-for-his-first-13 in the majors. (Today's Knuckleball)

Matt Harvey, E.R.A. at 6.08, Prepares for His Next Start

Matt Harvey wore a batting practice cap and an undershirt to the mound on Friday at Citi Field, long before fans were allowed inside. The uniform will be different on Monday, and the stands will be packed. But the setting — on a diamond, with hitters up there to swing — mattered most. (New York Times)

UNC baseball coach takes shot at South Carolina

North Carolina’s baseball team is in danger of missing the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Perhaps that was the motivation behind UNC head coach Mike Fox taking to Twitter on Friday night to make a case for his team, albeit with a dig toward the South Carolina Gamecocks. UNC defeated South Carolina 15-0 on April 13 in Charlotte. (The State)

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