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Matt Harvey remains huge source of community pride in Connecticut hometown

Two years ago, Matt Harvey was the National League’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game at his home ballpark of CitiField. He got thunderous applause from the sellout crowd, pitched well enough, even cut a humorous bit for the Jimmy Fallon Show earlier in the week. That was the toast-of-the-town, Dark-Knight-of-Gotham Matt Harvey. But it was his performance at a local field this past All-Star break that may say more about who Matt Harvey truly is. (New Haven Register)

Matt Harvey knows best way for Mets to get revenge

It has become something of a civic parlor game, scouring Matt Harvey quotes for intrigue and hidden meanings. This time, though, he gets it right. This time, he gets it absolutely right. “There were a lot of upset feelings,” Harvey said Sunday afternoon, referring to Chase Utley’s slide, and Ruben Tejada’s broken leg, and the brushfire that has overtaken this National League Division Series between the Mets and the Dodgers, and the response inside the New York clubhouse. (New York Post)

New York Yankees 2015 Exit Interview: Adam Warren

Q. Your role changed multiple times this year. How were you able to make the adjustments? Adam Warren: Yeah, this was an interesting year, because I went from starter to reliever to starter and back to reliever at the end. I felt like the first transition from starter to reliever was the hardest, but after that, all of them felt a lot easier because I learned to have two separate routines. (YES Network)

Mets turn to the Dark Knight to settle score with Dodgers, Chase Utley

The Mets have waited forever for this moment — nine long years in the Yankees’ shadow. They finally have greater New York to themselves, and will be looking to prove to the skeptics and non-believers that they’re tough enough not just to have beaten Kershaw in Game 1, but able to rally from a setback like Tejada’s injury in Game 2. That’s where Harvey comes in. He’ll feed off the energy in the stands and, you bet, the anger, too. (Sporting News)

Glaring NLDS spotlight turns to Mets’ one true advantage: Matt Harvey

The real advantage was supposed to be in Game 3, when the Dodgers could not use Kershaw or Greinke and had to go with Brett Anderson — while the Mets have Matt Harvey. So, yes, what an intriguing, delectable thing a baseball season is. After all the noise and uneasiness and debate, Harvey has the spotlight he so loves and all the hero or goat implications that will go with that. (New York Post)

New York Yankees 2015 Exit Interview: Andrew Miller

Q. Andrew, you mentioned the start of something big - do you think that this team as constructed can contend to win a World Series in 2016? MILLER: Yeah, I mean, I think this team is good enough to beat anybody. The Steinbrenners and Brian Cashman are always going to give us a team that can win it all, but it's up to us to go out there and do it. (YES Network)

'Matt Harvey gave his arm already for the New York Mets,' agent says

With Matt Harvey in line to work innings far beyond what his agent expected this season, the agent decided Friday that this was not the time to revive his public dispute with the New York Mets. "I think the best thing to say is, we’re in the playoffs," agent Scott Boras said before Game 1 of the Dodgers-Mets series at Dodger Stadium. (Los Angeles Times)

Ron Darling adds perspective to Matt Harvey's late arrival to Mets' practice

On the day after Matt Harvey's late arrival to Mets practice, pitching coach Dan Warthen on Wednesday said, "There were a lot of boys on that '86 team that didn't make practice, either." Ron Darling, an actual '86 Met, said he understood what Warthen meant: The latest L'Affaire Harvey isn't the biggest deal and shouldn't stop the Mets from reaching their ultimate goal. (Newsday)

No days off for UNC student-athletes

After his 8 AM class, Shakeel Rashad snags breakfast at Kenan Stadium, works on his online class for an hour and watches film for an hour and 15 minutes before heading to the weight room. From 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., he works out, then goes to get taped for practice before team meetings start at 2:10 p.m. Several different meetings run until 3:40 p.m. Then he has 25 minutes to get dressed and head to practice at 4:05 p.m. (Daily Tar Heel)

Andrew Miller’s two biggest regrets about 2015 season

Andrew Miller left The Bronx on Wednesday with two regrets. “I thought we had a chance to win it all and we didn’t get it done,” Miller said. The other regret was that he was forced to go on the disabled list in June with a strained muscle in his left forearm. His first season with the Yankees — and as a closer — was successful, with 36 saves after coming into 2015 with one career save. (New York Post)

UNC Baseball Announces Fall World Series Schedule

The North Carolina baseball team will hold its annual Fall World Series beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Boshamer Stadium. This year's format features five seven-inning games spread out over six days with the finale on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. All games are free and open to the public. (GoHeels.com)

The enigma of Oakland Athletics prospect Skye Bolt

Another college outfielder in the 2015 draft, Skye Bolt from the University of North Carolina, also merits attention. Like Bader and Stewart, he came from a top program. Bolt's athletic tools are likely the best of the trio, yet his skills as an actual baseball player are more enigmatic. (Minor League Ball)

Matt Harvey again puts "I" before team

When Matt Harvey takes the ball for the New York Mets in Game 3, regardless of the status of the series, Harvey has no choice but to perform like an ace. Because the only way for him to avoid being a goat is to be a horse. His teammates are angry. His manager is frustrated. Matt's reputation is, justifiably, taking a beating. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Matt Harvey misses mandatory workout; 'I screwed up,' says Game 3 starter

Mets ace Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field. Harvey later apologized to teammates for the unexcused absence, which apparently happened because he lost track of time. "Obviously, today was not the greatest," Harvey said after arriving at Citi Field. (ESPN.com)

Chris Iannetta gracefully handles toughest ending of his 10 big league seasons

Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta stood in the corner of the largely abandoned Angels clubhouse and cleaned out his corner locker, knowing he may never return here again. This was the toughest ending of Iannetta’s 10 seasons in the majors. It concluded the final year of his three-year, $15.5 million deal, and one that ended with the former everyday catcher watching from the dugout. (Orange County Register)

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