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Dustin Ackley to make Major League debut on Friday

The much-anticipated Major League debut of top prospect Dustin Ackley will come on Friday, as the Mariners will recall the 2009 first-round Draft choice from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. The Mariners are off Thursday, so the highly touted second baseman will debut Friday, when Seattle opens a three-game series with the Phillies at Safeco Field. (MLB.com)

Andrew Miller on the way up?

A major league source said last night the Red Sox are working on a plan to add lefthander Andrew Miller, currently at Triple A Pawtucket, to the rotation. Miller has a clause in his minor league contract that would allow him to declare free agency today if he is not promoted to the majors. He is scheduled to meet with general manager Theo Epstein today to discuss his future. (Boston Globe)

Dustin Ackley call-up? Look for Mariners to do it next week

Many folks were disappointed when the Mariners didn't call second baseman Dustin Ackley up from Class AAA yesterday. There has been a lot of understandable anticipation about Ackley's arrival, but there are a few things worth considering about it first. No. 1 -- he's not out of the woods yet as far as Super 2 arbitration status. (Seattle Times)

Ackley call-up imminent?

Of course one of the biggest questions is how does Dustin Ackley fit into the current picture? There was quite a stir on Twitter and the blogosphere today when the lineup for the Rainiers came out and Ackley's name was not on it. (MyNorthwest.com)

Matt Harvey selected for minor league all-star game

ACC rivals and 2010 first-round picks Matt Harvey and Deck McGuire were among those selected Thursday to play in the 2011 Florida State League All-Star Game. The league announced rosters for the June 18 exhibition in Clearwater, Fla., the 50th anniversary of a game that will showcase the best of the league's North and South Divisions at Bright House Field. (MiLB.com)

Former Heel Brian Goodwin selected in MLB Draft

With the No. 34 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals select Brian Goodwin, an outfielder from Miami Dade College. The Nationals selected Goodwin with the first pick of the compensation round of the Draft. He was previously drafted in 2009 by the Chicago White Sox in the 17th round. (SB Nation)

Former UNC standout Andrew Miller starts against the Durham Bulls today

Andrew Miller returns to North Carolina tonight in the midst of rediscovering the form that once made him one of the nation's top collegiate pitchers. A first-round pick by Detroit in 2006 after a standout career at UNC, Miller is now a Boston Red Sox farmhand and will pitch for Pawtucket against the Durham Bulls tonight at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Bard's friend found

The friend of Red Sox setup man Daniel Bard who had been reported missing, has been found. Matt Hill, 26, was found in good health, according to Washington D.C. police. Although Bard and others suspected foul play, Hill reportedly "left on his own will." (CBS Sports)

At UNC and as pro, Adam Warren has individual, team success

It appears that Adam Warren and the Yankees organization are a good fit. The New York Yankees are a team that has the most World Series titles with 27. Warren, a right-handed pitcher, also has a resume filled with success. The victorious attitude for the 23-year-old was at an all-time high while he was in college at the University of North Carolina and has continued throughout his minor league career. (The Times Leader)

Friend missing, Daniel Bard reaches out for help

Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard has a heavy heart at the moment, out of concern for a close and longtime friend who has been missing since Tuesday. "His name is Matt Hill," Bard said on Saturday afternoon. "He went missing on Tuesday in the Washington, D.C., area in the middle of the day. It was like 11 a.m. [ET]." (MLB.com)

Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager among Mariners' prospects to watch

Kyle Seager, 2B (AA Jackson), age 23: Ackley's North Carolina teammate, also a lefty hitter, impressed in spring and is progressing well. Hitting .279 with four homers, 27 RBI. Has played four games at shortstop. (Seattle Times)

Another Bard on mound

When it comes to pitchers in these parts, the name Bard is a familiar one. For three years, Daniel Bard was a star at North Carolina, part of a one-two punch at the top of the Tar Heels' rotation along with lanky lefty Andrew Miller. Bard never won an ACC tournament at UNC. This week at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, another Bard is looking to fix that for the family - but not for the Tar Heels. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Indians pitcher Alex White out 8-12 weeks with finger sprain

Indians right-hander Alex White will miss 8-12 weeks because of a middle-finger sprain, Tribe head trainer Lonnie Soloff said Sunday. The injury is not expected to require surgery, Soloff said. White, the 15th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, injured the finger while throwing a slider in the third inning of his start Friday night against the Reds. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Alex White to start Friday, needs strong outing to remain with Indians

The Indians could elect to option 22-year-old Alex White back to Columbus to continue his development. Or, given his solid showing and the team's first-place standing in the American League Central, Cleveland might want to keep him on the Major League staff. One thing is certain: White is not an option for the bullpen. "Alex is going to start regardless of where he goes." (MLB.com)

Things to consider about Dustin Ackley when it comes to promotion

The Mariners have opted to keep Dustin Ackley in Class AAA for now. Can't say I'm too surprised, though yesterday's tweet by Dave Cameron, suggesting the team was contemplating an Ackley move, certainly had merit. The team did indeed discuss bringing Ackley up. What losing team wouldn't, when it has a young prospect tearing up AAA with his bat? (Seattle Times)

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