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Cubs discussing acquiring Daniel Bard

The Chicago Cubs have had preliminary internal discussions about the possibility of acquiring reliever Daniel Bard from the Red Sox. It is unclear at this time if the team will express serious interest in the coming days, but the club is at least discussing the possibility of bringing Bard to Chicago. Bard, 28, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Sunday. (MLB Daily Dish)

Andrew Miller feels for good friend Daniel Bard, can relate to situation

Bard’s return from an abdominal injury has been nothing short of a disaster. He has experienced the same control issues that have completely derailed his career over the last two seasons, walking 27 batters in 15 1/3 innings split between the Gulf Coast League and Low-A Lowell. The one guy who can sympathize with Bard perhaps more than any other is Andrew Miller, a college teammate and good friend who once experienced similar struggles. (WEEI.com)

Matt Harvey May Be in Denial About Injury

From the moment Mets general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the nature of Matt Harvey's elbow injury earlier this week, the outcome seemed preordained. Harvey, the 24-year-old pitching prodigy, the great hope of this downtrodden franchise, would have Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2014. In the past few days, Harvey has made it clear he intends to avoid surgery. (Wall Street Journal)

Dustin Ackley has career day

Dustin Ackley can't have a much better game than he did on Friday night. The Mariners' center fielder made a spectacular catch and also picked up career-high four hits and drove in a career-high four runs in Seattle's 7-1 win. But more impressive than the quantity of hits in the game was the quality of the hits and where they went to on the field. (Everett Herald)

Red Sox designate Daniel Bard for assignment

The Boston Red Sox designated reliever Daniel Bard for assignment Sunday, reports WEEI.com's Alex Speier. The move was done as part of September call-ups. (SB Nation)

Dustin Ackley putting trust back in his hitting

Dustin Ackley can’t have a much better game than he did on Friday night. He made a spectacular catch in the outfield, picked up a career-high four hits and tied a career-high by driving in four runs in the Seattle’s win over Houston. But more impressive than his quantity of hits in the game was the quality of his hits and where they went on the field. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Video: Dustin Ackley's Road to the Bigs

Former North Carolina baseball star Dustin Ackley shares his journey from Little League all the way up to the Big Leagues. (MLB.com)

Matt Harvey to rest three weeks before Mets decide on Tommy John surgery

New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that star pitcher Matt Harvey will rest three weeks before the team decides whether to move forward with Tommy John surgery. Alderson said that while Harvey’s injury is “not a dream unrealized, it may be a dream deferred,” according to the Mets blog citing an interview the GM did Wednesday with ESPN Radio. (Sports Illustrated)

Coach Mike Fox: Past, Present, Future

The roaring success of Carolina Baseball over the past decade (the winningest program over that span) can no doubt be a double-edged sword. Victory brings expectations. Success breeds demands. It’s a paradox in a way — especially for the fans. The more you win, the more it hurts when you lose. No one remembers the end of a mediocre season. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heel Rundown: August 28

Columbia weather forecast for Thursday: high of 93...A graphic representation of the head-to-head breakdown between Carolina football and South Carolina football (hint: it may not be what you think)...John Swofford listed among Dennis Dodd's smartest people in college football...$4.62 billion was spent on college licensed merchandise last year (UNC ranked ninth on the list of biggest sellers) (GoHeels.com)

Dustin Ackley: Player Of Not No Consequence

Yesterday might’ve been the best game yet for DustinAckley since he returned from Tacoma, and though none of his teammates thought to contribute themselves, this was a game between the Mariners and the Angels, and the wins and losses didn’t matter. At this point we’re in it for the individual storylines, and Ackley’s been busy writing one. One of success, one of redemption. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Chaz Frank's heroics keep Canadians' playoff hopes alive

Chaz Frank helped keep the Vancouver Canadians' playoff hopes alive with his bat and then his glove Monday night. The centre-fielder singled home Dawel Lugo from third in the seventh inning to give the C's a 2-1 lead over the Spokane Indians at Nat Bailey Stadium. In the top of the eighth, he ran down a Joe Jackson fly ball in right centre and then threw Eduard Pinto out at first base to end the frame. (The Province)

Many reasons why Matt Harvey can still be a stud after elbow injury

The question has to be whether Harvey's injury, whether or not he needs surgery, will sap any of his velocity. Research by Bryce Stucki, a student at Virginia Tech in 2010, showed that there was no way to predict what might happen to radar gun readings upon a pitcher's return from Tommy John surgery—many hurlers lost speed, while others in fact gained it. (Sporting News)

Tar Heel Rundown: August 27

You know all those basketball players who weren't recruited by North Carolina and then torched the Tar Heels later (Miles Simon, this means you)? Maybe it works in reverse in football. Quinshad Davis, a South Carolina native, thinks he has some doubters among the Gamecocks. (GoHeels.com)

Report: Mets' Matt Harvey headed to DL with partially torn UCL

According to WFAN's Mike Francesa, Mets ace Matt Harvey is headed to the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Such an injury, of course, often leads to Tommy John surgery. Marc Carig of Newsday originally reported that Harvey underwent an MRI on Monday morning. (CBS Sports)

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