Colin Moran to make professional debut on Wednesday in GreensboroColin Moran is coming to a stadium near you. Well, somewhat near you, if you live in the Triangle area. Moran, the former North Carolina third baseman whom the Miami Marlins selected with the sixth pick in the Major League Baseball draft, will play on Wednesday with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Marlins’ Class A minor league affiliate. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Matt Harvey, 'tough as nails,' rises to stardomArmed with a 98-mph fastball and a growing portfolio of modeling photos, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will take to a familiar mound under brighter lights today at Citi Field as the National League starter for the All-Star Game. Harvey's All-Star start in New York might be coincidental. But the 24-year-old's emergence as a superstar — in a city for which he seems tailor-made — is not. (USA Today)
Lucas: A Star Is BornTonight, Matt Harvey will toe the rubber at Citi Field for what is probably the most important start of his baseball career. It will certainly be the most-watched start of his baseball career, as he starts for the National League in the major league baseball All-Star Game. But it will not be his best start. That happened in front of exactly 5,391 individuals. It was in Clemson. And it was electric. (GoHeels.com)
UNC baseball staff ready for Harvey’s All-Star debutNorth Carolina coach Mike Fox never has been to the All-Star Game. Then again, he’d never had a player give him tickets. That will change Tuesday. Fox, pitching coach Scott Forbes and recruiting coordinator Scott Jackson will be at Citi Field in New York to watch former Tar Heels star Matt Harvey start for the National League. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Video: Matt Harvey asks New Yorkers about Matt HarveyAll-Star Mets pitcher Matt Harvey asks New York fans what they think about Matt Harvey -- and they don't realize they're talking to the ACTUAL Matt Harvey.
Matt Harvey to start All-Star Game for NLMets phenom Matt Harvey will start the All-Star Game for the National League at Citi Field, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday at a press conference. The 24-year-old fireballer earned the job amid a crowded field of possible starters, with pitchers such as Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks also putting up starting-caliber statistics. (Newsday)
Matt Harvey's excellence surprises even the expertsThe one guy who shouldn’t be surprised by any of this is...amazed. "Are you kidding? Who would have thought he could be this good? This is fantastic," Ed Harvey said. Actually, you’d think the father of Matt Harvey would be the one who saw this coming, because he was the guy who was assigned to construct this flame-throwing machinery 16 years ago. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Matt Harvey among MLB’s best-selling jerseysMatt Harvey and David Wright, despite playing for the 40-48 New York Mets, highlight MLB’s latest list of the 20 top-selling jerseys, which the league released on Thursday. Harvey, who is fifth on the list, is having himself one amazin’ month. (New York Daily News)
Chaz Frank adjusts to life in prosChaz Frank answered his phone at 2:30 pm Thursday, and sounded like he had just woke up. He explained he had been up about 30 minutes, and had just finished a bowl of cereal. Oh, the glorious life of a pro baseball player. Frank is adjusting nicely to life in the minor leagues, and that's impressive considering the changes he has undergone in the past month. (Lexington Dispatch)
Colin Moran signs with Miami MarlinsThe Miami Marlins on Thursday agreed to terms with Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the June amateur draft and a standout third baseman at the University of North Carolina. Moran had been offered the slot value for that pick: $3.52 million. He helped lead the Tar Heels to the College World Series by hitting .348 and driving in 86 runs. The deal is complete pending a physical. (Miami Herald)
From college foes to pro roomiesChaz Frank was one of L.B. Dantzler's last college adversaries. Dantzler ended up Frank's first pro roommate. Frank, a pesky leadoff-hitting centre-field type, was late joining the Vancouver Canadians, arriving last week because his University of North Carolina Tar Heels team advanced to the College World Series. (The Province)
Video: UNC 2012-2013 Year in PicturesCarolina has over 800 talented student-athletes representing the university and since we are between school years, it is a good time to reflect on this past year's accomplishments. This video feature has images from all 28 varsity sports at UNC.
Andrew Miller expected to miss remainder of Red Sox seasonLefthander Andrew Miller, a key member of the Red Sox bullpen, was told Monday he needs season-ending surgery on his left foot. Miller has a torn ligament between bones in the middle of his foot. Miller will get a second opinion before scheduling surgery. But the Sox are not optimistic the diagnosis will change. (Boston Globe)
Michael Russell looks to build off trip to OmahaUNC shortstop Michael Russell will cherish his first trip to the College World Series for a long time. Russell, a sophomore for the Tar Heels, had a memorable time in Omaha as he showcased his talent in front of more than 20,000 fans and on national television. The 20-year-old even drew attention for trading jabs on Twitter with former American Idol Scotty McCreery, an N.C. State student. (Charlotte Observer)
Freshmen Trio Earn All-America HonorsThree Tar Heels earned a pair of Freshman All-America honors this past week as Baseball America and Perfect Game each selected Skye Bolt, Landon Lassiter and Trent Thornton as first team picks. (GoHeels.com)