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Kyle Seager settling in with help from his friends

Seager, the Mariners' third-round draft pick in 2009, has adapted well to every level he has played. He was the North Carolina high school player of the year in 2006, an All-ACC pick in 2009 with the University of North Carolina, the California League batting champion with a .345 average in his first full pro season last year at High Desert, .312 in 66 games early this season at Class AA Jackson, then .455 with 12 RBI in 12 games at Class AAA Tacoma. (Kitsap Sun)

Andrew Miller Picks Up Another Win, Despite Battling More Control Issues (Video)

Andrew Miller had a pretty good pitching line when it was all said and done on Wednesday afternoon. He went 5 2/3 innings, didn't give up a run and came away with his fourth win of the season. However, struggles with command and control reappeared, as evidenced by six walks from the big lefty. (NESN)

Control problems vexing Andrew Miller

On Friday night, the Red Sox finally saw the Andrew Miller that frustrated the Marlins enough to trade the left-hander in the offseason. The question ahead of Miller's start on Wednesday is how indicative Friday's outing will be of his second-half performance. Is it the beginning of the end of his effectiveness or merely a blip on the radar? (Providence Journal)

UNC Baseball Reunion in Portland

Binghamton pitcher Matt Harvey faced his former Tar Heel battery mate, Portland catcher Tim Federowicz, in a Double A minor league matchup on Monday night. It was only three years ago that Federowicz was catching at UNC, helping to bring along Harvey, a talented freshman pitcher. (Inside Carolina)

Alex White back with Tribe to continue rehab

Rehabbing under the Arizona sun is all well and good, but sidelined rookie pitcher Alex White is much happier to be back with the Indians for the current portion of his throwing program. "Absolutely," White said. "I'm getting back to throwing and getting closer and closer to being in games. It's good to be with the team, with the guys and be in this playoff race." (MLB.com)

Tim Federowicz remembers Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard from UNC days

This isn’t the first time Bard and Miller have played together. They were teammates at the University of North Carolina, two years ahead of Portland Sea Dog catcher Tim Federowicz. And Federowicz, who was a freshman at UNC when the two pitchers were juniors who were on the cusp of being drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft, said their powerful arms were evident even then. “[Bard] and Andrew hit top 90s quite a few times,” Federowicz said before Portland’s game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Saturday. (WEEI.com)

Daniel Bard sets up debate

In the process, he has reignited a debate that’s sure to simmer well into the offseason: Is he ready to replace Jonathan Papelbon [stats] as closer? And if so, is that best for the team? “If I were the Red Sox, I’d try to keep as many nasty bullpen guys as I can,” Indians closer Chris Perez said. (Boston Herald)

Video: Kyle Seager's first major league hit

Kyle Seager lines a base hit into center field off Dan Haren for the first hit of his Major League career in the top of the second. (MLB.com)

Kyle Seager gives Kannapolis Mariner Fever

As Northwest’s shortstop, he was a force for a team that reached the 2005 3A state championship series. He crushed the ball for two Kannapolis Legion Area III champions before turning in an All-ACC career at North Carolina. Seager led all minor leaguers in hits in 2010 with 192 in advanced Class A ball, but those stats didn’t carry a lot of weight with analysts because he played in the best hitter’s park in a hitter’s league. (Salisbury Post)

Dustin Ackley's resume gets an addition

Traditionally, baseball teams put their best hitter in the third spot of their batting order, and the Seattle Mariners this season have put Milton Bradley, Franklin Gutierrez, Adam Kennedy, Ryan Langerhans and Justin Smoak in that spot. While that says a great deal about the Mariners’ offense, so does this – Dustin Ackley batted third Friday, getting there a full 21/2 weeks into his big-league career. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Trying to get a handle on Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is 4-0 with a 3.57 earned run average in his four starts for the Red Sox since coming up from Class AAA Pawtucket. The latest win came tonight when the Sox hammered the Orioles 10-4. It's hard to complain about any of that. But it's also hard to figure out exactly what the Red Sox have in the tall lefty. (Boston Globe)

Andrew Miller Suddenly a Key Cog in Red Sox Rotation

With three-fifths of the Red Sox pitching rotation on the DL, Andrew Miller is no longer an experiment. He is part of this team's starting staff, and will remain so until further notice. Miller hasn't faced an American League team in two years, when he limited the Orioles to one run and one hit in seven innings. He didn't get a decision that night, part of a disappointing three-year run with the Marlins. (NESN)

Kyle Seager promoted to Mariners' starting third baseman

Hot-hitting infield prospect Kyle Seager was selected by the Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday and will immediately become the team's primary third baseman, general manager Jack Zduriencik said. Seager, 23, hit .455 in 12 games since being promoted to Tacoma two weeks ago with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs. (MLB.com)

Kyle Seager started opening eyes in spring training

After another maddening day of non-existent offense, leading to a 2-0 loss in Oakland, the Mariners have called up Kyle Seager. The 23-year-old, left-handed hitting infielder has spent all of 12 games in Triple-A since getting promoted to Tacoma from Class AA Jackson on June 23. Seager will be in uniform in Anaheim tomorrow and join his former UNC teammate Dustin Ackley. (Seattle Times)

Mariners promote Kyle Seager to bigs

Former UNC baseball player Kyle Seager will get to rejoin his old Diamond Heel teammate at the highest level. The Seattle Mariners announced Wednesday that the 2009 third-round pick Seager will join their 2009 No. 1 overall pick Dustin Ackley in the majors. Seager will make most of his starts at third base after tearing it up the past two weeks in Triple-A ball, hitting .455/.500/.673 in 55 at-bats. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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