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Producing right away in pro debut: Moran homers in first at-bat

Colin Moran wasted no time making the Miami Marlins look like they made a good investment. The former North Carolina third baseman smacked a solo home run in his first at-bat as a professional player, clubbing the ball out of NewBridge Bank Park on Wednesday night as a member of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. “It was good to get the nerves out,” Moran said. (Burlington Times News)

Colin Moran homers in first professional at-bat

Colin Moran knows how to make a strong first impression. The North Carolina product homered in his first professional at-bat Wednesday as the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 4-3. Moran, who was selected with the sixth overall pick in June’s MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, hit the home run to right on a 2-2 pitch from Dan Camarena. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Matt Harvey pitches two scoreless innings, but AL stars beat NL

On one electric night, on the same remarkable stage, one New York superstar wrote the latest line in the final chapter of his career, and the other added onto what may be a wonderful beginning. In his final All-Star Game appearance, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless eighth inning. In his first, Mets righthander Matt Harvey started and pitched two scoreless innings for the National League. (Newsday)

And the winners of the 2012-13 ACCSPYs are...

There won’t be any celebrity sightings or a classy red carpet to greet them upon their arrival to the show, as there will be tomorrow at the ESPY Awards ceremony in New York. The ACCSPYs are, after all, fictitious. But the votes are all in and the ballots have been counted. So without further ado, here are the winners of the ACC version of the real-life ESPYs. The envelopes, please. (Wilmington Star News)

Audio: David Glenn Interviews Mike Fox

UNC baseball coach Mike Fox talks with David Glenn about his former player Matt Harvey. Among the topics discussed: The type of player Harvey has become as he prepares to be the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star game; how Fox went about recruiting Harvey and what helped him make the decision to become a Tar Heel; how his UNC teammates have helped him along the way. (ACC Sports Journal)

Colin Moran to make professional debut on Wednesday in Greensboro

Colin 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 stardom

Armed 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 Born

Tonight, 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 debut

North 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 Harvey

All-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. View Video...

Matt Harvey to start All-Star Game for NL

Mets 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 experts

The 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 jerseys

Matt 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 pros

Chaz 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 Marlins

The 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)

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