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Astros' Colin Moran may return from facial fracture in September

On Thursday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said something he never thought he would: third baseman Colin Moran may return from his ghastly injury and play for the Astros in September. Moran suffered a facial fracture when he fouled a ball into his face on July 23. After receiving surgery about a week later, Moran recently began working out at the Astros' minor league complex. (Houston Chronicle)

Indians activate Andrew Miller from 10-day DL

The Cleveland Indians‘ quest for back-to-back American League Central titles received a huge boost Thursday as left-hander Andrew Miller was activated from the 10-day disabled list. Miller, who was dealing with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, last pitched for the Indians on Aug. 1. In 46 relief appearances this season, he has a 1.67 ERA and has struck out 78 batters in 54 innings. (FanRag Sports)

Kyle Seager Records 500th Career RBI

Kyle Seager joined an exclusive list of Mariners legends on Friday night in Tampa Bay. With a 1st inning RBI-groundout against the Rays, Seager recorded his 500th career RBI. Seager becomes the 10th player in club history to collect at least 500 RBI with the Mariners, joining Edgar Martinez (1,261), Ken Griffey Jr. (1,216), and Jay Buhner (951), among others. (Seattle Mariners)

Matt Harvey: I’m ‘moving in the right direction’

Matt Harvey, who had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in July 2016, has not pitched in the major leagues since June after suffering a stress injury to the scapula in his right shoulder. After a shaky performance on Saturday in his first rehab start for the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets right-hander bounced back nicely on Wednesday night. (New York Post)

UNC baseball: Summer league standouts

After the 2017 baseball season came to an unexpected close, the UNC baseball players went their separate ways — for the summer, at least. Here is a complete list and recap of how the returning Tar Heels fared this summer. Gianluca Dalatri, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Summer outing: Dalatri was solid, starting three times for Team USA this summer. (Argyle Report)

Looking Back On A Year Of Service

UNC student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff members participated in more than 5,200 hours of community outreach during the 2016-17 academic year. The Tar Heels partnered with a wide range of organizations, emphasizing involvement with local schools and with UNC Hospitals. UNC kicked off the year with the first-ever department-wide day of service. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Baseball: Wrapping up the 2017 Cape Cod League

Congratulations are in order for Kyle Datres and Zach Gahagan! After two months on Cape Cod, they’ve been able to experience what it’s like to win a title. The experience will surely help them as they come back on Cha;pel Hill this weekend and get ready for the 2018 UNC Baseball season. One final time, let’s see how the Diamond Heels did out on the Cape: (Tar Heel Blog)

Mets' Matt Harvey draws fans to Fishkill, NY in minor league rehab start

Matt Harvey arrived at Dutchess Stadium around 5 p.m. Saturday. The first thing he noticed were the “Harvey 33” jerseys worn by fans, who swarmed him for autographs before he reached the clubhouse. The Mets’ ace was in town to make a rehab start, as he pitched for the Brooklyn Cyclones against the Hudson Valley Renegades in front of a sold out crowd. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Cleveland Indians' Andrew Miller tests right knee in bullpen session

Indians left-hander Andrew Miller threw a bullpen session Friday afternoon to test the right knee that put him on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 2 in Boston. Miller threw two sets of about 10 to 12 pitches each. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway, bullpen coach Jason Bere and head athletic trainer James Quinlan were among those watching. (Cleveland.com)

Andrew Miller progressing, but Indians in no rush

The way the Indians view things, reliever Andrew Miller is far too important to their postseason chances to be rushed back from his current stint on the disabled list. If a few extra days of rest and recovery are required, expect Cleveland to take the conservative approach. "He may not be able to come off the day that he's eligible," Indians manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. (MLB.com)

Blue Jays first-round pick Logan Warmoth adjusting to pro ball

Logan Warmoth is adjusting well to professional baseball. He is hitting .358 with one home run and 12 RBI along with a .389 on base percentage. For Warmoth, the most difficult adjustment is the schedule. “It’s tough, it’s a grind, we are playing six to seven games a week. We are traveling six or seven hours on bus rides and you have to learn to take care of your body.” (Bluebird Banter)

Astros first-rounder J.B. Bukauskas to start for Tri-City this week

Astros' first-round draft pick J.B. Bukauskas will make his first start for short-season Class A-Tri City on Thursday in the New York-Penn League in Lowell, Mass. Bukauskas' workload will be limited in his first partial pro season because he's coming off a full collegiate season. The 20-year-old righthander from UNC made his pro debut in the Gulf Coast League on July 30. (Houston Chronicle)

Call him ‘Corey’s Brother’ — Kyle Seager is starting to heat up for the Mariners

Despite his machinations about being second fiddle to his brother, Kyle Seager is a fine player in his own right. He’s been selected to an All-Star game and is part of the Mariners’ heart of the batting order. Admittedly, the first half of this season didn’t meet his lofty expectations or those of Mariners’ fans. But he’s starting to get hot coming out of the All-Star break. (Seattle Times)

For Matt Harvey, Pitching to a Teammate Represents Progress

The last time Matt Harvey took the mound at Citi Field, there were nearly 35,000 fans in the stands, the defending champion Chicago Cubs were in the visitors’ dugout, and the Mets’ 2017 playoff chances had yet to be pronounced dead. On Tuesday, Harvey’s only opponent was his teammate Brandon Nimmo, and the spectators were a small crowd, including Manager Terry Collins. (New York Times)

What should the Mets do with Matt Harvey?

The Mets will soon have another decision with pitcher Matt Harvey. Harvey had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, missed a lot of 2016 and has been out the past two months with a stress injury to his right scapula. Harvey’s average fastball velocity in 2015 was 95.9 mph, the highest of his career; and this year, his fastball averaged 93.9, the lowest of his career. (ESPN.com)

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