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Kyle Seager, boy share 'heart'felt story

Before Kyle Seager was promoted to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, the former Jackson Generals second baseman had a heart-to-heart talk with William Witherspoon. Witherspoon, who will be a seventh-grader at Rose Hill Middle School this fall, was diagnosed with a form of congenital heart disease — ventricular septal defect (VSD) — when he was six weeks old. "I had the same surgery," Seager said. (Jackson Sun)

Mariners' minor-league report: The Kyle Seager edition

The biggest story on the farm for the Mariners right now is Kyle Seager, who has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League since he was promoted from Double-A Jackson on June 23. Seager had two more hits yesterday in Tacoma's 9-4 loss to Colorado Springs. Since coming up to Tacoma he is hitting .480 (24-for-50) with nine multi-hit games, including 15 runs, four doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBIs. (Seattle Times)

Tough situations have brought out the best in Daniel Bard

On May 23 in Cleveland, Daniel Bard entered the game with a runner on second and one out in the eighth, charged with protecting Boston’s one-run lead. After getting a pop-up from Carlos Santana, he surrendered back-to-back hits by Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera that cost the Red Sox the game. That sequence is notable because it’s so uncommon in the 2011 canon of Red Sox contests. (Providence Journal)

Andrew Miller impressive again in Red Sox win over Astros

Andrew Miller looked sharp in his third outing in a Red Sox uniform. He picked up his second straight victory and in three starts with Boston has still yet to allow more than three runs in a start, this time leading the Sox to a 10-4 win over the Astros in Houston. (WEEI.com)

Rockies' Chris Iannetta back to looking like he's capable of hitting stride

Chris Iannetta's adventures continue. Iannetta singled home a run in the Rockies' six-run second inning Saturday, his first hit in four at-bats in July, then doubled to lead off the fifth and singled in the seventh. Not bad, considering he hit .182 in April, .272 in May and .176 in June. (Denver Post)

Baseball Tar Heels In The Pros: June Recap

The month of June was a busy one for several Tar Heels as the second overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, Dustin Ackley, made his major league debut for the Mariners and 2006 first rounder Andrew Miller made his season debut for the Red Sox. In the minors, three Tar Heels were promoted in the month of June as Tim Fedroff and Kyle Seager each debuted at AAA and 2010 first round pick Matt Harvey made his AA debut recently. (Tar Heel Blue)

Matt Harvey to make Binghamton Mets home debut today

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, will make his NYSEG Stadium debut tonight against the Bowie Baysox. Regarded as the fourth-best prospect in the Mets' system by Baseball America, Harvey jumped out of the gate by winning his first four games without allowing an earned run. (Towanda Daily Review)

Coaches, teammates impressed with Mariners' Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley — who played high-school baseball at South Stokes and North Forsyth before starring for the Tar Heels — got his first big-league hit in his first at-bat and his first home run in his second game. He has played in 10 games through Monday, and been an on-base machine, reaching base in all of them, including his first three-hit game Sunday to push his average to .300. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Dustin Ackley off to a solid start in Seattle

Dustin Ackley, who bats left-handed and throws right, is now hitting .303, his on-base and slugging percentages are already the highest on the team, and it's becoming easier to see where this is going. Through Ackley's first 18 major league at-bats and 29 major league swings, he didn't swing and miss once. (Yahoo! Sports)

Rookie Ackley shows instincts on basepaths

Everyone noticed Dustin Ackley scampering home from third on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to score the winning run in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Marlins, but somewhat lost in the bizarre finish was how the rookie got in position to score in the first place. After doubling off Randy Choate to lead off the 10th, Ackley had the instincts and guts to tag up and take third on a fly ball to left-center by Miguel Olivo. (MLB.com)

Yankees Prospect Watch -- Adam Warren

Warren has been consistently underrated since being drafted, yet all he’s done is post solid to outstanding results every step of the way. He dominated the Penn League after being drafted, posted a solid 2010 across high-A and AA, and the Yanks thought he did enough in just 54.1 IP in the Eastern League to warrant starting the 2011 season in AAA. (Yankee Analysts)

Andrew Miller showing positive signs

26-year-old Andrew Miller may finally be reaching his potential with the Red Sox. He made his second straight strong start Sunday since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket last week. Miller allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings as the Red Sox eked out a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. (ESPN.com)

UNC alum Warren sizzles on the hill as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tops Durham 2-1

The fans are treated to an outstanding pitchers’ duel, and three home runs provide all the scoring as the Yankees win 2-1. SWB gets just one hit to the Bulls’ three in four scoreless innings, and then with one out in the fifth Team USA veteran Terry Tiffee launches a 1-1 offering into the Diamond View seats in right. Warren’s outing is a gem, as he goes six shutout innings and allows six hits, striking out seven against one walk. (Independent Weekly)

Adam Warren scheduled to pitch tonight in Durham

Durham will continue thier four game series with Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Saturday June 25 at 7:05 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Bulls will send Chris Bootcheck (3-1) to the mound against Scranton's Adam Warren (6-2). (Our Sports Central)

Ackley will never forget where he came from

His mother told him all the time while he was in the minor leagues. And she’s still telling him today. Every day, Joy Ackley reminds her son, Major League star Dustin, just how much support he has back home in Stokes County. Every time the Ackley’s go out in Stokes County, people always ask them about Dustin and wish him nothing but the best as he embarks on a journey that millions dream about every single day. (Stokes News)

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