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Diamond Heels sharpen skills in summer

In a matter of days, North Carolina baseball players Trent Thornton and Skye Bolt went from eliminating N.C. State in the College World Series to joining forces with two of the Wolfpack’s top players. Thornton and Bolt played with the USA Collegiate National Team starting at the end of June and shared a team with N.C. State ace Carlos Rodon and shortstop leadoff hitter Trea Turner. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mark Fleury To Join UNC Baseball Coaching Staff

Former standout catcher and 2009 MLB Draft pick Mark Fleury will serve as an undergraduate assistant for the 2013-14 school year, North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox announced Tuesday. Fleury, who was a three-year letterman from 2007-09 and a fourth-round pick (No. 119 overall) by Cincinnati, will assist with the Tar Heel batters in addition to focusing on the catchers. (GoHeels.com)

Brewers reliever Rob Wooten awaits special delivery

The Milwaukee Brewers might be a man short in the bullpen later this week. Rob Wooten and his wife, Katie, are expecting their first child and he'll be placed on the paternity list as a result. The plan, according to Wooten, is to induce labor Wednesday and he'll remain in North Carolina for the allotted three days before rejoining the Brewers on Saturday in Cincinnati. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Kyle Seager's slump-ending HR lifts Mariners past Rangers

Kyle Seager changed the entire game with one swing, blasting a two-run homer to right field off reliever Neal Cotts. It gave the Seattle Mariners a lead they would not relinquish in a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers. “I didn’t know until the postgame interview that I was 0-for-21. so that was good to hear,” Seager deadpanned. (Everett Herald)

Rob Wooten off to a great start

Rookie reliever Rob Wooten became the first Brewer to throw 10 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his major-league career since Mike Adams in 2004. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Is the End Near for Matt Harvey?

At some point before the start of the season, the Mets' brass gathered together to discuss how they wanted to handle Matt Harvey's workload. They settled on somewhere in the neighborhood of 210 to 215 innings, already a substantial increase from the 169 1/3 he threw between the majors and minors a year ago. Now here is the problem: Harvey has been too good. (Wall Street Journal)

Kent Emanuel makes pro debut

Kent Emanuel made his professional pitching debut, tossing two innings of scoreless, two-hit ball for the Houston Astros’ Rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate Aug. 3 in Clearwater, Fla. Emanuel, who signed with Houston , after the Astros selected the former UNC standout with the first pick of the third round in the 2013 MLB Draft, struck out two and walked none against the GCL Phillies. (Cherokee Ledger-News)

Matt Harvey still close to Chapel Hill while shining in New York

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is breaking out in 2013 and putting up Cy Young-type numbers in the shadow of the Big Apple. He was the starter of the All-Star Game in New York and having a career year – at the start of his career. But even with the new-found national attention, the Big League ace is not one to bury his North Carolina roots. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Colin Moran's slow start in Greensboro is misleading

Colin Moran is one of the top third base prospects in all of baseball, and he's playing in a farm system that has third base as a particular position of need. Moran has a sweet left-handed swing that should be able to propel him to the highest level of the game rather quickly. However, in roughly a month of ballgames for Low Class A Greensboro, Moran has struggled to get positive results at the plate. (Fish Stripes)

Kyle Seager working overtime to conquer his fielding funk

Kyle Seager was back at third base on Saturday before the game, taking ground balls during batting practice. While Seager is always intense the moment he steps on the field, there was definitely an edge to him as he handled one grounder after another. Seager committed two costly errors in Friday night’s loss and has been in a bit of a fielding funk. (The Olympian)

Matt Harvey pitches first complete game shutout of career

After his 106th pitch of the night landed softly in Daniel Murphy’s glove in shallow right field, Matt Harvey unleashed a fist pump just off of the pitcher’s mound. He had just notched the first complete game — and shutout — of his still young, but accomplished major-league career. Harvey completely controlled the Colorado Rockies in a 5-0 victory with a startling efficiency Wednesday night at Citi Field. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Dustin Ackley makes pit stop back at second base

Converted outfielder Dustin Ackley returned to the Mariners' infield for Monday night's contest against Toronto. Ackley was selected second overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft as a second baseman, but moved to center field during a Triple-A stint midway through this season. "A little bit of a surprise, but I've been taking ground balls ever since I started playing outfield," Ackley said. (MLB.com)

Record 329 Tar Heels Earn ACC Honor

A record total of 329 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the 2012-13 ACC Academic Honor Roll, announced Tuesday. The ACC Academic Honor Roll is comprised of conference student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year. (GoHeels.com)

Kyle Seager Receives Touching Letter From Young Astros Fan Hit by His Bat

In the first series after the All-Star Break, the Seattle Mariners were in Houston taking on the Astros when Mariner’s third baseman Kyle Seager lost control of his bat on a swing and ended up tossing it into the stands. Seager’s bat landed on a young Astros fan named Lyle Raymond who was unharmed by the incident, but is foregoing his option to keep the bat as a souvenir. (NESN)

Lucas: Ask Tyson

Clubhouse manager Tyson Lusk, Mike Fox and pitching coach Scott Forbes are three of the very, very few people who have been there for each of Carolina's six trips to the College World Series in the past eight seasons. But the trio has now been split, and Fox will have to contemplate post-Lusk life, because Tyson is moving on to a job as director of baseball operations at South Carolina. (GoHeels.com)

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