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Video: Twins top pick Aaron Sabato on staying sharp without minor league season

We caught up with power hitter Aaron Sabato, the Twins' 1st round draft pick in June at No. 27. With no minor league season, it's been a challenge to stay sharp. The 1B/3B/OF from North Carolina signed for $2.75M, which is above the recommended $2.57M slot for pick No. 27. A draft-eligible sophomore, Sabato had two very good seasons for the Tar Heels. (

Ashton McGee stays focused as minor league season slips away

Ashton McGee was excited as he drove through Goldsboro that March evening. His bags were packed, and his plane ticket was set for him to leave for Glendale, Arizona, the next day for baseball spring training. But his excitement was tempered by concern about the news saying COVID-19 was spreading faster and infecting more people across the country. (UNC Media Hub)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Syracuse Recap, Daniel Bard

Tuesday's Carolina Insider podcast recaps last weekend's 31-6 football win over Syracuse before hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas welcome Major Leaguer to the show. Bard, a former UNC pitcher and current pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, discusses his time at Carolina, his amazing return to the Major Leagues, and more. Read More...

Rockies’ closer Daniel Bard is 6-for-6 in save opportunities and manager Bud Black is not surprised

is now the closer and he’s thriving in that high-pressure role. He has six saves in six opportunities, including back-to-back saves at Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday as the Rockies finally won a series over the Dodgers. Since allowing a walk-off homer in a 4-3 loss on Aug. 22 at Dodger Stadium, Bard has five saves while allowing one run. (Longmont Times-Call)

Zac Gallen’s historic streak of 3 runs or less comes to an end

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher ’s MLB record of starts to open a career with three or fewer runs allowed came to an end on the road Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Gallen had not allowed more than three runs in any of the first 23 starts in his career with the Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks. Gallen struggled in the sixth inning. (Arizona Sports)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen surges in MLB starting pitching, Cy Young rankings

One Diamondbacks player has been a diamond in the rough of an abysmal season for Arizona. And he's starting to get recognized for it. Arizona Diamondbacks right hander recently made's Top 10 starting pitcher power rankings for the first time this season, coming in at No. 9. It's not hard to see why. Gallen has a 1.80 ERA in 50 innings pitched. (Arizona Republic)

Possible new role? Matt Harvey pitches in relief

Might this be a new role for Kansas City Royals right-hander ? After three wobbly starts trying to make a comeback with the Royals, Harvey came out of the bullpen during the Royals’ 11-6 loss to the White Sox on Thursday night. Harvey, 31, was signed as a Minor League free agent on July 28 and made three starts over the last month. (

How Zac Gallen, a silver lining in Diamondbacks' season, turned into a Cy Young contender

A scout told me that was going to be the breakout pitcher of the year, and that is proving to be the case. He's got consistency, stuff, a true out pitch and is improving on his one weakness. Remarkably consistent, Gallen has allowed zero runs once, one run four times, and two runs twice. He hasn't given up more than one run since Aug. 11 (CBS Sports)

Blue Jays' Trent Thornton undergoes elbow surgery

underwent surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow Tuesday, Scott Mitchell of reports. Tommy John surgery appeared to be potentially on the table when it was reported Monday that Thornton was meeting with Dr. James Andrews, but the procedure he wound up undergoing was a different one. (CBS Sports)

How UNC got their coaches: weird stories from the early days of college sports

UNC's first football coach, , was a star player at Princeton, who came down and coached the Carolina team DURING his playing career. The first ever basketball coach, , was an track and field Olympian who helmed that program at the school. He only took on the basketball gig because the school didn’t want to hire another person. (Tar Heel Blog)
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