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What Matt Harvey and Scott Boras got right

Harvey and Boras raised rational concerns. The concerns were presented in a hamfisted, oblivious and ill-timed way. But they had two larger truths behind them: Teams aren't always your friend, and the love of fans is fickle. Because of that, it's prudent to question the motivations of a team, and it doesn't make sense to risk your livelihood for fans who would abandon you in dark times. (SB Nation)

It's showtime for Matt Harvey

Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., former University of North Carolina star and current New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will make the most important start of his young career. If all goes well, it could also end up being his last of the regular season. While this will be just his 62nd career start, Harvey sure has packed a lot into his four years in the majors. He made his big league debut in July of 2012 in (WRAL Sports Fan)

Mets outline plan to restrict Matt Harvey's innings for rest of season

After right-hander Matt Harvey first seemed to confirm, then hours later dialed back talk that he would be shut down before the postseason due to innings restrictions in his first season following Tommy John surgery, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met with reporters in Washington on Monday to outline aspects of the team’s plan for the 26-year-old. (USA Today)

Baseball Scrimmage: Blue Edges Navy 5-4 On Sunday

The Blue squad scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning on the way to a 5-4 win over Navy on Sunday afternoon at Boshame Stadium. Blue scored their first three runs on a walk, wild pitch and passed ball with the bases loaded before Cole Gibbs's RBI double made it 4-0. The Tar Heels will hold their next scrimmage on Monday. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey: I Will Pitch in the Playoffs

You’ve heard about the 180-185 innings cap. That seems to be the number that will allow me to pitch into the postseason. Regardless of those numbers, I hope everyone knows: I have always wanted to play. I have always wanted to pitch every single chance I get. Especially in the playoffs. As an athlete, when your surgeon explains to you the risks of exceeding a certain number of innings, it can be alarming. (The Players' Tribune)

Mets' Matt Harvey says he thinks of 180 IP as limit, won't talk playoffs

As our Jon Heyman reported earlier this week, the Mets and Scott Boras, the agent for right-hander Matt Harvey, are at loggerheads over how much Harvey will pitch in this, his first season back since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October of 2013. (CBS Sports)

Mets won't shut down Matt Harvey when he hits 180 innings

So it will be Matt Harvey’s call. The Mets righthander will have to decide to either follow the advice of Scott Boras, his agent, or the Mets’ plan for him. Boras thinks Harvey, in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, should be shut down and not pitch in the playoffs. The Mets said Friday that they are sticking to the plan to manage his workload and will let him pitch in the playoffs. (New York Daily News)

Reliever Mike Morin hoping to salvage season with meaningful innings for Angels down the stretch

If you ask Mike Morin, he’ll tell you his forgettable season has not yet slipped away. There is still more than a month left on the major league schedule. The Angels, though they have plenty of ground to make up, are still playing meaningful games. That means there is still time for Morin to salvage 2015. He is currently in Triple-A with the Salt Lake Bees, but he carries hope that he will pitch important innings in a pennant race down the stretch for the Angels. (Orange County Register)

Four Tar Heels Earn Baseball America Recognition

Four members of the North Carolina baseball team were recognized by Baseball America as top prospects from their respective summer leagues, the magazine and website announced recently. Sophomore Brian Miller was picked as the No. 1 prospect in the Coastal Plain League to lead the group, which was tied for fourth-largest nationally. (GoHeels.com)

Angels avoid no-hitter thanks to Chris Iannetta's double in ninth

The Angels offense managed enough to keep Justin Verlander from adding to his historic resume, but not much else. Chris Iannetta’s leadoff double in the ninth ended Verlander’s bid for his third no-hitter, but that was the Angels' only hit in a 5-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday. Verlander was three outs from becoming the sixth pitcher to throw at least three no-hitters. (Orange County Register)

Mets say plan is to skip just one Matt Harvey start to keep RHP rested

Determined to keep Matt Harvey's innings in check in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets will skip his scheduled start Sunday against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Rookie right-hander Logan Verrett will make his first major league start in Harvey's place. Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) currently sits at 154 innings after missing the entire 2014 season. (ESPN.com)

Adam Warren has been a big relief out of bullpen for Yankees

While the Yankees did not trade for a reliever this summer, their already strong bullpen did add a quality arm in the middle of the season..Adam Warren has excelled since being moved to the bullpen after Michael Pineda's return from the disabled list in June, as the 27-year-old righty has a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 relief innings this season. He has also averaged 8.8 strikeouts and 1.8 strikeouts per nine innings out of the bullpen. (Newsday)

Yankees' Dustin Ackley: Latest on his injury rehab

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn't rule out season-ending back surgery for Dustin Ackley when the newly acquired utility player went on the disabled list with a right lumbar strain Aug. 4. But Ackley told NJ Advance Media Tuesday that his rehabilitation program is going well and that he doesn't believe that will be necessary. Ackley had been throwing for a few days, but he took his first swings Tuesday, he said. (NJ.com)

Rockies manager Walt Weiss plans to return for 2016 season

Does Walt Weiss even want to return for 2016, which will be the final season of a three-year contract worth about $2 million? Under Weiss, the Rockies are 188-252. His .427 winning percentage is the worst in franchise history. Asked if he believes the Rockies can turn things around in 2016, Weiss said, "I think a lot of things have to go right, but I do believe there is promise." (Denver Post)

Angels' Chris Iannetta hasn't had it easy at the plate and on Twitter

It takes thick skin for a major league player to be on Twitter, especially when you're in a four-for-47 (.085) slump like Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is after going one for four Thursday. “When you're locked in and playing well, it's OK, but when you're struggling, it makes it tougher,” Iannetta said. “If I listened to half the people on my Twitter who told me I should go kill myself...” (Los Angeles Times)

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