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Chansky’s Notebook: More and Better!

Some New Year’s resolution for North Carolina teams and coaches. As we welcome the new year, here is what I wish for in the Carolina athletic orbit. A successful growth spurt for the struggling Tar Heel basketball team, which has been caught short with its usual array of talented players and been burdened by more injuries that any program deserves. (

How Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller Can Return to Dominance

Despite 2019 being one of the worst seasons in his career, showed flashes of returning to his mid-2010s form. During July as well as the Cardinals’ October playoff run, Miller made a subtle but important adjustment to the pitch that made his career, the slider. It’s unclear if this slider adjustment was intentional, but it made a big difference. (FanGraphs)

Tim Federowicz signs minor league deal with Texas Rangers

Tim Federowicz signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Federowicz appeared in 29 major-league games in 2019, hitting .160/.213/.347 with four home runs and seven RBI. The catcher will likely begin the season with Triple-A Nashville, although he'll get the chance to work out of the big-league camp in spring training. (CBS Sports)

North Carolina baseball's veteran pitchers to lead staff with Omaha-caliber potential

If the MLB draft had played out the way North Carolina expected it to, 2020 might have been a transitional year for the Tar Heels. Instead, right-handers Joey Lancellotti and Gianluca Dalatri plus outfielder Dylan Harris all returned to Chapel Hill for another season, giving the Tar Heels three accomplished upperclassmen to lead a largely inexperienced team. (

Aaron Sabato Named First-Team Preseason All-American

Aaron Sabato has been named to the Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America first team, announced Tuesday. The 2019 ACC Freshman of the Year was selected as the first team designated hitter after a dominant freshman season at the plate. A native of Rye Brook, N.Y., Sabato set North Carolina's single-season freshman home run record with 18. (

New York Yankees bring back Adam Warren for third stint in Bronx

The New York Yankees signed to a two-year, minor-league deal on Monday which will pay him $800,000 if he pitches in the majors. Warren, 32, had Tommy John surgery in September and likely will miss the entire 2020 season. This is Warren’s third stint with the Yankees, who drafted him in 2009 and saw him reach the big leagues in 2012. (New York Post)

Diamond Heels Debut At No. 13 In Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll

North Carolina will open the 2020 college baseball season ranked No. 13 nationally by Collegiate Baseball, the website announced in its preseason poll Monday. Carolina is one of seven teams in the ACC ranked in the top 40 and are joined by No. 1 Louisville, No. 4 Miami, No. 15 Florida State, No. 16 NC State, No. 17 Wake Forest and No. 28 Georgia Tech. (

Former UNC pitcher R.C. Orlan returns to campus to earn his degree

After a dominant junior season on the mound pitching for the Tar Heels, was drafted again in 2012, this time by the Washington Nationals. He took the next step toward his dream and signed a professional contract. Before leaving North Carolina, though, he made a commitment to his coaches and himself that he would finish getting his degree. (

Philadelphia Phillies claim reliever Trevor Kelley off waivers

The Phillies claimed right-hander off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Kelley had a strong season at Triple A in 2019. He pitched in 52 games, registered a 1.79 ERA and allowed just 51 hits in 65 1/3 innings while striking out 63 and walking 21. He pitched briefly with the big club and allowed eight earned runs in 8 1/3 innings. (NBC Sports)

Boston Red Sox keep Trevor Kelley on 40-man roster

The Boston Red Sox have kept Ashley High School and UNC alum on the team’s 40-man roster. The move protects Kelley from next month’s Rule 5 draft to make it so other teams can’t select him. Last season Kelley was 0-3 with an 8.64 ERA in 10 appearances for the Red Sox. The Red Sox kept 23 pitchers including Kelley on the 40-man. (WECT)
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