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Deconstructing Daniel Bard’s rise, fall with Red Sox

Whatever happened to Daniel Bard, not long ago one of Major League Baseball’s most dominating late-inning forces, he is getting the chance to fix it now. Picked up by the Chicago Cubs when the Red Sox finally cut him free last month, he is feeling good once again. Strong. Not unlike, he says, how he felt in March with Boston — back to being “pretty close” to the pitcher he wanted to be, a far cry from the disaster of 2011. (Boston Globe)

Kyle Seager Q&A

Making it to the major leagues is not an easy task. What is the biggest hurdle you faced to get to where you are today? Kyle Seager: It is definitely hard. Especially when you get to pro ball. It's a grind where you are playing everyday. You are not always in the most glamorous spots in the world. You are traveling around, long bus rides. You have to stay mentally tough and you have to continue to work for it. (GoHeels.com)

Freshman pitcher Zac Gallen excels in debut

As he pulled his North Carolina jersey over his shoulders and placed his hat on his head, freshman Zac Gallen paused for a moment to take it all in. It was the New Jersey pitcher’s childhood dream, and after years of waiting, the day had finally come. Gallen was slated to compete for the first time as a Tar Heel Monday in a scrimmage against the Ontario Blue Jays, one of Canada’s top amateur baseball programs. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC baseball team takes down Ontario Blue Jays

Spring exhibition matches are nothing new. When coach Mike Fox was a player himself in the late ‘70s, the North Carolina baseball team hosted the New York Yankees for a matchup every other preseason. But playing games in the fall? Fox had never done that before his squad took on the Ontario Blue Jays on Monday. “That was weird,” Fox said after UNC topped the Blue Jays 11-4. “ (Daily Tar Heel)

Skye Bolt Cited For Underage Possession

UNC Baseball’s star freshman from last season, Skye Bolt, was cited for underage possession and being in possession of an open container of a malt beverage Saturday. Chapel Hill Police Public Information Lt., Kevin Gunter, confirmed that the 19-year-old sophomore, Bolt, received the citations Saturday in the 600 block of Church Street. (Chapelboro.com)

Kyle Seager Named Mariners Player of the Year

Kyle Seager earned Player of the Year honors for the second straight season, a tribute to his consistent offensive production, strong defensive play at third base and durability. Seager leads the teams in games played, having sat out just two of the team's 159 contests entering Friday night. (MLB.com)

Matt Harvey second in MLB jersey sales

Mariano Rivera, a 43-year-old right-hander, finished ahead of a pair of young standouts in jersey sales at MLB.com’s official online shop: the New York Mets’ 24-year-old pitcher Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 22-year-old outfielder Yasiel Puig. Harvey had a 9-5 record with a 2.27 earned-run-average in 26 starts for the Mets before a torn ligament in his pitching elbow ended his season. (Bloomberg)

Daniel Bard working hard to be ready for 2014

There's a good chance the Cubs won't experience as much turnover in their bullpen as they have in 2013. But they could have one important "newcomer" as Daniel Bard is strongly considering pitching in winter ball in an effort to get a head start on 2014. "There's a good chance of it happening," said Bard, who has been relegated to pitching bullpen sessions since joining the Cubs nearly three weeks ago. (Chicago Tribune)

Buzz surrounding Matt Harvey has much to do with overreaction to Dan Patrick show gaffe

Whatever Qualcomm suits are paying Matt Harvey to pitch their product isn’t enough. He deserves a raise. In an abbreviated radio interview Wednesday with Dan Patrick, and the ridiculously overblown fallout that followed, Harvey took the Qual-what out of Qualcomm (New York Daily News)

Matt Harvey apologizes for painful radio interview

After a painful Tuesday interview spent deflecting questions about his elbow injury to shill for Qualcomm, Mets ace Matt Harvey returned to the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to make amends. He apologized repeatedly, saying he was “flustered” because he was en route to see the doctor. (USA Today)

Iron Man Kyle Seager gets a night off

There was something different about the Seattle Mariners’ lineup Friday night. Someone was missing. Kyle Seager’s name was not written in at third base for the first time in 106 games. It snapped the longest consecutive-games-started streak by a Mariners player. “I only had like 2,100 left to catch Cal Ripken,” Seager joked. (Bellingham Herald)

Matt Harvey Shuns Surgery, Hopes for 2014 Return

One day after consulting with famed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, Mets ace Matt Harvey has chosen to temporarily forgo surgery and attempt to return to action next season by rehabilitating his injured right elbow. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Harvey will "embark on a throwing program of six to eight weeks" before making a final determination about how to proceed. (Wall Street Journal)

Is Dustin Ackley fixed?

It's hard to be optimistic about Dustin Ackley. After he met expectations in his rookie year, the late season decline didn't seem like that big of a deal. It's a long season. He'd played more games than ever. He'll be fine. Sound familiar? When Ackley fell flat in 2012 and again in 2013, it's safe to say many people gave up hope. (Lookout Landing)

Mets' Matt Harvey suffers gaffe on Dan Patrick radio show, later tweets apology

It was a wild pitch that went terribly wrong. Matt Harvey has had a tough three weeks, and things did not get any easier on Wednesday when, during a national radio interview as part of his endorsement for a telecommunications company, the Mets ace came off as an awkward disciple of the Qualcomm corporation. (New York Daily News)

Matt Harvey’s Injury Shows Pitchers Have a Speed Limit

Glenn Fleisig, a biomedical engineer, knows what an arm can handle, and years of research give him the confidence to answer one of baseball’s more intriguing questions: Is there a limit to how fast a human being can throw? His answer: Yes, there is. And, he adds: That limit already has been reached. Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is the latest unfortunate example to confirm Fleisig’s research. (New York Times)

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