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Matt Harvey Named Number 2 Prospect In Florida State League

Former Tar Heel right-hander Matt Harvey was named the No. 2 overall prospect in the Florida State League by Baseball America on Tuesday for the 2011 season. Harvey went 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA during his time in the Florida State League before getting the call to double-A Binghamton. (Tar Heel Blue)

Tar Heels take on Major League Baseball

Dustin Ackley became the everyday second baseman for the Seattle Mariners on June 17. He has a .277 batting average and an unexpected six home runs on the season. He began hitting third in the batting order less than a month after joining the team. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Brian Roberts, Suffering Through Recovery

Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles second baseman and former Diamond Heel, tries to recover from two concussions and return to baseball. (ESPN.com)

Rockies' Iannetta has inside track as starting catcher in 2012

Chris Iannetta is either A) a drag on the Rockies' offense, a too-patient hitter who is blamed for everything but the creation of Dinger, or B) a steady contributor who is having a decent season hitting from the eighth spot in the lineup. He's closer to the latter, which is why, as it stands now, he's the leading candidate to start next season. (Denver Post)

Chris Iannetta homers, drives in 5 runs in Rockies win

Field wasn't the only one to have a big day. Fellow callup Jordan Pacheco and Ty Wigginton also had four hits apiece. Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered his second career two-homer game while bringing his season total to three, Chris Iannetta homered, and Kouzmanoff and Iannetta each drove in five runs. (ColoradoRockies.com)

Matt Harvey honored as one of Mets top minor-leaguers

When the Mets think of how their pitching staff might look in upcoming years, they envision both Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia making contributions. Both were among the 11 players honored by the club with Sterling Awards, given to their top minor-leaguers at all levels before Wednesday night's game with the Nationals.Harvey, the Mets' first-round pick in 2010, was 13-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 starts between Class A and Double-A. (New York Daily News)

A timely recovery for Daniel Bard

The Red Sox right-hander had suffered losses in three straight games and given up runs in each, marking just the second time in his career that he’d suffered such a skid. But despite a succession of ugly lines –a one-inning, five-run stint in Toronto, a walkoff loss in Tampa Bay, a three-run yield in an inning of work on Wednesday –Bard had few regrets. (WEEI.com)

Ackley moves toward elite at second base

Ackley has been as good as advertised. Hitting .290, with a .367 OBP, he's also shown solid extra base power for a second sacker (.452 SLG). If we take his production from 76 games this year and double it we'd end up with a second baseman hitting .290 with 12 homers, 68 RBI, 74 runs and eight steals. (Sports Illustrated)

Could Tim Federowicz be next season's main catcher for Dodgers?

Tim Federowicz made his first major league start Thursday night against the Pirates, and collected his first hit with a single in the fifth inning. Also, he was hit by a pitch for the first time. And walked for the first time. If nothing else, he currently has an impressive .600 on-base percentage. "Not bad," said Manager Don Mattingly. "Had some good at-bats. He handled himself back there and blocked some balls." (Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Carignan gets 'The Call' he's always dreamed about

Andrew Carignan, the former whiz kid at Norwich Free Academy, was awash in his typical postgame routine —eating, icing, decompressing —when his pitching coach, Scott Emerson, conveyed the news. Funny, too. All those things that once felt so overwhelming —the elbow injury, the foot injury, the oblique injury, the self-doubt —became nothing more than a prologue for his Major League career. (The Day)

Dodgers' Tim Federowicz has Mike Piazza's number

Depending on your perspective, clubhouse manager Mitch Poole bestowed recently promoted rookie catcher Tim Federowicz with either a wonderful gift or a terrible curse. The No. 31 jersey Poole assigned to Federowicz has belonged in recent years to the likes of Brad Penny, James McDonald and Jay Gibbons. But the last catcher to wear it was the most beloved Dodger of his era: Mike Piazza. (Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers call up Tim Federowicz

Former Tar Heel backstop Tim Federowicz became the fifth Tar Heel in 2011 to earn a call up to the big leagues on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers selected his contract from AAA Albuquerque. With the call up of Federowicz there are now nine former Tar Heels on 40-man rosters, which is tied for the sixth-most of any school in the country. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tim Federowicz Reportedly Getting Call To Dodgers Tuesday

The minor league regular season ended on Monday, so expect a few more call-ups to the Dodgers on Tuesday. Jerry Sands is a lock to return, and other Albuquerque Isotopes on the Dodgers' 40-man roster include Ivan DeJesus., John Ely, and Jamie Hoffmann. Another getting the call to the Dodgers is catcher Tim Federowicz, according to Adam Lucas and Turner Watson of Tar Heel Monthly. (SB Nation)

Kyle Seager fits just fine at third base for Mariners

The other day, Mariners manager Eric Wedge was asked about rookie Kyle Seager, and whether he was concerned about how Seager fit the classic profile of a third baseman. The prevailing notion has been that third base needs to be a power position, with the optimal prototype being Mike Schmidt or Eddie Mathews, both of whom are in the Hall of Fame with more than 500 home runs. (Seattle Times)

Kyle Seager in full swing during road games

At the bottom of the first page of the Mariners' game notes on Friday, there was a "Did you know?" fact about rookie third baseman Kyle Seager. Entering the series opener against the A's, Seager was batting .422 in road games since the All-Star break, the best mark in the American League for those with a minimum of 45 at-bats. "I did not know that," Seager said before the opener of Seattle's six-game road trip. (MLB.com)

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