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Believing In Kyle Seager

The most intriguing aspect of Kyle Seager’s season isn’t the fact that he’s produced so well. Instead, it’s that his underlying numbers suggest he’s experiencing legitimate, sustainable improvement. (FanGraphs)

Mariners excited about red-hot Seager's future

Kyle Seager has been the model of consistency for the Mariners over the past two years, but the third baseman put together the best month yet of his young career in July. Seager hit .396 with 21 runs, five doubles, six home runs and 14 RBIs in 25 games as he raised his season average to .298. The batting average was the best of any player in the Majors in July. (MLB.com)

Former UNC pitcher Bill Gallagher Passes Away

Former North Carolina pitcher Bill Gallagher died Thursday at the age of 52 after a bout with prostate cancer. A native of Peekskill, N.Y., Gallagher graduated from UNC in 1983 after playing portions of three years in Chapel Hill, including an All-ACC season as a freshman in 1979. (GoHeels.com)

Efficiency Among Matt Harvey's Many Strengths

Among Matt Harvey's many strengths this season is efficiency. Major-league pitchers this year throw an average of 16.3 pitches per inning. Harvey throws 15.2. So while a typical big-league pitcher would have tossed 134.8 innings while racking up Harvey's 2013 pitch count of 2,198, Harvey has squeezed 145 innings out of that same amount. It is like he's thrown an extra 10 innings for free. (Wall Street Journal)

Cody Stubbs enjoying start of pro baseball career

This has already been quite a long baseball season for Cody Stubbs. His first regular-season baseball game for North Carolina was Feb. 15, roughly six weeks before that of most professional baseball teams. He’s still playing competitive ball full-time more than a month after the Tar Heels’ season ended with a loss to UCLA at the College World Series, and he’s slated to play instructional ball once his pro team’s season ends in September. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Best Games of 2012-13: No. 3

Continuing today with entry No. 3, GoHeels.com is counting down the top 25 games of 2012-13. No. 3: Carolina 12, Florida Atlantic 11 (13 inn.) - Baseball, June 3-4, 2013. "That might have been the greatest baseball game I've ever been a part of." When the coach with the highest winning percentage among active skippers in the country is at a loss for words, you know a game was special. (GoHeels.com)

Best Games Of 2012-13: No. 5 - Carolina 2, NC State 1 (18 inn.)

You could make a pretty incredible list of great North Carolina games of 2012-13 without even leaving the baseball postseason. But it's UNC's 18-inning win over NC State in the ACC tournament in Durham that opens the top five of our countdown. (GoHeels.com)

GoHeels Weekly Primer

Adam Lucas caught up with junior Luke Davis to discuss his rigorous training regimen. Freshman forward Kennedy Meeks is shedding pounds and getting ready for the 2013-14 season. Former Tar Heel star pitcher Rob Wooten got the call up to the major leagues this week. The media picked Carolina third in the coastal division in the preseason All-ACC football poll. (GoHeels.com)

Dustin Ackley starting to heat up at the plate

Dustin Ackley has seen a dramatic rise in his batting results since the All-Star break, with the young center fielder hitting .421 in his last six starts going into Friday's game against the Twins. That's a welcome turnabout for the 2009 first-round Draft pick, who was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma after batting .204 in the first two months. (MLB.com)

Why NY Mets' Matt Harvey should not feel like a "scumbag" for following his ambitions

Matt Harvey was deeply mortified by that Men’s Journal story last week that represented his latest exploration of the ambition that is clearly coursing through him, looking for form and release. (New York Daily News)

Milwaukee Brewers call up Rob Wooten

A ninth player will make his major-league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers this season with the news that reliever Rob Wooten had his contract selected from Class AAA Nashville this afternoon. Wooten, 27, was a 13th-round pick of the Brewers in 2008. He's 0-1 with a 2.94 earned-run average and 20 saves as the Sounds' closer, and was selected to pitch in the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game last week. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Dustin Ackley’s hard work starting to pay off

After being demoted to Triple-A Tacoma in May and converting to the outfield with Nick Franklin’s emergence at second base, Dustin Ackley is fighting his way back to being a big league hitter. Sunday offered a glimmer of hope. Ackley went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Mariners’ 12-5 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Matt Harvey gets some heady comparisons off the All Star Game

Matt Harvey has not only captured the attention on New York, he’s gotten the attention of some major-league talent. During the All-Star festivities, former Met Carlos Beltran compared the young righthander to Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Roger Clemens. Terry Collins, who served as a coach to the National League squad, said Beltran said Harvey was the best of the bunch he had faced. (New York Daily News)

Colin Moran has lofty expectations

Colin Moran is only 20 and fresh off a college career at North Carolina. But he has a professional pedigree. Moran is ready for this. But he knows he’s a long way from the bright lights of Miami. But there he was, digging in and fidgeting with his batting gloves as he did at UNC, as he’d done all his life. On a 2-2 pitch, with his whole life ahead of him, Moran turned on one. (Greensboro News & Record)

Matt Harvey wants to live like Derek Jeter

In uniform, Matt Harvey tends to look burly – his jowls puffed out, his face bejeweled with sweat, a bulge of chew in his lower lip – but in person he is endearingly boyish: clean-cut, his jet-black hair neatly parted, a placid glow in his blue eyes. In an era when so many athletes hide behind veils of false modesty or manufactured swagger, Harvey projects a veteran's confident cool: He's having a great time, and he wants you to know it. (Mens Journal)

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