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Teammates, manager believe in Ackley's ability

Dustin Ackley has a bright future ahead of him in Major League Baseball. Don’t just let his debut performance last week against the Philadelphia Phillies speak for him. Take it from some of his new Seattle Mariners teammates, who all spoke highly of the former Walnut Cove native after making his MLB debut in interleague play versus the team with baseball’s best record last Friday night at Safeco Field in Seattle. (Stokes News)

Kyle Seager promoted to Triple-A

When Jackson Generals second baseman Kyle Seager stepped into Pringles Park for the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday, it might have been for the last time. Seager was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma before Jackson's game Thursday at Montgomery after a successful first half. (Jackson Sun)

Matt Harvey to play in Futures Game

Prospects Matt Harvey and Jefry Marte will represent the Mets in Major League Baseball's Future's Game. Harvey, who was just promoted to Double-A Binghamton and will make his first start on Sunday in Bowie, Md., will suit up for the United States. (ESPN.com)

Kyle Seager Talks Dustin Ackley, Mariners Workout Program

On Monday, Conor shared an interview he did with Kyle Seager, a second/third baseman/utility player currently with AA Jackson. His post comes at an excellent time: Seager had a hell of a weekend, going 5-7 with three doubles and a triple in a doubleheader on Saturday. Though he's not as heralded as his North Carolina teammate and 2009 MLB Draft-mate, Dustin Ackley, Seager is one to watch as he comes up through the system. (SB Nation)

Fan who caught Dustin Ackley’s first homer has a cool story to tell

It was the seat to which Dustin Ackley hit his first Major League home run. And where Michael Woods, a Bremerton resident and self-described Mariners “junkie,” snagged the homer bare-handed after his fiancee predicted the ball would come right to him. You really can’t make this stuff up. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Matt Harvey Promoted to Double-A Binghamton Mets

The New York Mets have announced the promotion of 2010 draft picks RHP Matt Harvey and OF Matt den Dekker to the Binghamton Mets. Harvey was the seventh overall pick in last year's draft out of the University of North Carolinal. The Connecticut native went 22-7 with a 3.73 ERA in three seasons as a Tar Heel. Harvey averaged more than a strikeout per inning, fanning 263 batters in his time with UNC. (Towanda Daily Review)

Stokes County citizens gather to watch native Dustin Ackley's MLB debut

The Mariners played the Philadelphia Phillies at 10:10 p.m.—a 7:10 start time there on the West Coast. Ackley’s parents, brother and sister flew out to witness firsthand his first MLB game. Many family members who were left behind, as well as friends and other assorted baseball fans, gathered in the SSHS auditorium and accessed the game through a projection system hooked up to wireless Internet broadcasting live from MLB.TV. (Stokes News)

Andrew Miller's First 2011 Start A Promising One

Andrew Miller's June 15 opt-out clause was looming the day after he completed his fourth-straight excellent start for Triple-A Pawtucket. If the opt-out had been scheduled for a few weeks earlier, Miller likely would not have garnered any interest from outside organizations, but thanks to 26 strikeouts and just four walks in his final 25-1/3 innings, it was a guarantee that if Boston didn't give him a spot, someone else would post opt-out. (Over the Monster)

Andrew Miller faces Padres in bid for fresh start

On Monday night, the Red Sox will introduce Andrew Miller to Fenway Park and a whole new world of possibility, one that may make the failures with the Tigers and Marlins distant memories. After 2 1/2 months of refining his skills and renewing his confidence, Miller has been summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket to start against the San Diego Padres. (ESPN.com)

Video: Ackley hits 1st career home run

Dustin Ackley hits his first home run for the Seattle Mariners. (MLB.com)

Rob Wooten a call away from majors

Now back in Double-A with the Huntsville Stars, Rob Wooten is hoping to make an impression on the Milwaukee Brewers quickly. "In Double-A you're only one phone call away from the majors," he said. "But so is everyone else so the competition is tough. It's hard for me to say if they'll call me up. I'm just focusing on getting better." (Sanford Herald)

Video: Dustin Ackley's MLB debut

Dustin Ackley picks up his first career hit to go along with three assists and two putouts in the field in his Major League debut. (MLB.com)

Dustin Ackley ready for first major league game and will play every day

Just got done speaking to Dustin Ackley in the M's dugout at Safeco Field prior to the team taking some early batting practice. So, lots to watch here on a Friday evening. Ackley's family is here. His mother, father, brother, sister, his fiance, her father. They all got in yesterday so they could be here for the game. "It's been pretty hectic,'' Ackley said. (Seattle Times)

Dustin Ackley called up by Mariners

In a blog in the Seattle Times the headline reads: "Let the Dustin Ackley Era Begin." No pressure there. Ackley, a Winston-Salem native, has been called up to the major-league Seattle Mariners and will be on the 25-man roster for tonight's game with the Philadelphia Phillies. Ackley, who has gone through a transition in the minor leagues to become a second baseman, could also start tonight. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Andrew Miller will stay with Red Sox, join rotation next week

Lefthander Andrew Miller officially will stay with the Red Sox, forgoing a clause in his minor league contract to declare free agency yesterday in return for a promise that he would join the rotation next week. Miller is expected to start against the Padres at Fenway Park Monday. He and agent Mark Rodgers met with general manager Theo Epstein Tuesday night. (Boston Globe)

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