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Kent Emanuel experiences recent run of success with Astros' Triple-A affiliate

Former North Carolina pitcher returned to the Grizzlies rotation last week. The way he's pitched, it'll be tough to get him out of it. The Houston left-hander delivered his second straight scoreless outing Monday, allowing three hits and two walks while fanning eight over six innings in Triple-A Fresno's 4-0 blanking of Las Vegas at Chukchansi Park. (

J.B. Bukauskas' shutout streak rising for Creek

Former North Carolina pitcher has played at four different levels this season, and his attitude since getting called up to the Carolina League has been simple: "Just keep doing what I've been doing." It's working. Coming off the best outing of his career, Houston's No. 8 prospect raised his bar higher Wednesday, pacing Class A Advanced Buies Creek to a 5-0 shutout of Winston-Salem. (

UNC Baseball: The summer at the Cape is over

A wooden bat didn’t slow Michael Busch down. He had a great summer in Cape Cod. Expect to hear some talk about him being a high draft pick next spring, and he projects to be a big part of the lineup for the Tar Heels. Austin Bergner pitched really well against some of the best in college. There’s a lot to like for UNC coming off the Cape. Here are the summer's final numbers: (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Athletics: Community Outreach Year In Review

Carolina Athletics is committed to giving back to the campus and surrounding community. Outreach is a part of UNC's culture, and student-athletes act on a desire to serve and embrace their responsibility as role models. Each team has an outreach representative who organizes service opportunities, and the number of hours devoted to service continues to climb. (

Entering Orioles’ Hall of Fame, Brian Roberts believes he had full career

was the best player on a series of losing Orioles teams. Roberts played 13 seasons with the Orioles, and only in the last two, when he struggled with injuries, did the team win. Roberts, who last played with the team in 2013 and is the only Oriole to play with both Cal Ripken Jr. and Manny Machado, was the most prominent player on those less-talented teams. (Baltimore Baseball)

Matt Harvey talks mistakes and tears on night Mets honor him

sat in the visitors’ dugout at Citi Field on Monday, speaking to a wave of reporters and displaying as many emotions and traits as there were microphones and recorders thrust in his face. Harvey seemed remorseful about how his Mets life ended. He was contrite for some of the incidents that caused his fall from grace — from the Dark Knight to a guy traded to another division. (New York Post)

Andrew Miller Talks Relief Pitching, Says Indians Gunning For World Series

He’s back. After a few weeks on the disabled list followed by a rehab assignment, is pitching again for the Cleveland Indians. Miller, arguably the best middle reliever in the game, came back into action Friday, August 3, and he also contributed two days later during Cleveland’s 4-3 win over the Angels. (Forbes)

Jacob Stallings, Indianapolis Indians teammate Kevin Newman hit for cycle in same game

Incredibly, Indianapolis Indians teammates and Kevin Newman hit for the cycle in the same game. That has never been done by teammates in MLB history, though by remarkable coincidence, it also happened earlier this year for two San Jose Giants players (Gio Brusa and Jalen Miller) on April 12. There should be a name for this feat, but what? A bicycle? (

Is this the start of Kyle Seager’s midseason turnaround? Mariners better hope so

What had been underplayed was the disintegration of ’s bat, a dormant weapon that finally erupted Sunday. And if the Mariners are going to end this playoff drought, it’s that that we’re gonna have to see. Entering Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays, Seager was sporting career lows in batting average (.228), on-base percentage (.278) and OPS (.683). (Seattle Times)

Tim Federowicz gets minor-league deal from Cincinnati

Tim Federowicz signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday. The veteran catcher didn't take long to find work after he elected for free agency last week rather than remaining in the Astros organization. He'll offer the Reds experienced depth behind the plate in the upper levels of the minors and could be first in line for a promotion to the big leagues. (CBS Sports)

UNC Baseball: Cape Cod playoffs have begun

The Diamond Heels continue to make their mark in the Cape Cod League. In Chatham, not only is Austin Bergner pitching some gems, he’s actually responsible for ground work on the field. Bergner also won the Most Outstanding Player for the Anglers. Meanwhile, Michael Busch has continued his slugging for Chatham and earned an interview after his game Wednesday. (Tar Heel Blog)

Is Pitcher Zac Gallen The Miami Marlins Next Big Thing?

doesn’t just use a fastball to get hitters out. He uses an array of pitches. Most experts say Gallen is a fourth starter at best, but I believe he could come into the Miami Marlins clubhouse tomorrow and be a multi-inning reliever out of the bullpen. If he continues to perform at a high level in New Orleans, don’t be surprised to see Gallen getting outs in Marlins Park. (Marlin Maniac)

Colin Moran: Expectations, Performance, and Power

Perhaps had too high of expectations entering the season, especially as being the centerpiece in the trade that sent Gerrit Cole to Houston. Moran had an excellent season in Triple-A in 2017, hitting .308/.373/.543 and tapping into the power that his size (6’4? and 204 pounds) one would expect. That hasn’t translated this year at the Major League level. (The Sports Daily)

Cleveland Indians activate Andrew Miller from DL

Manager Terry Francona finally has a full complement of bullpen pieces at his disposal for the Cleveland Indians. Lefty reliever was activated from the 60-day disabled list Friday ahead of the Tribe's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Progressive Field. Miller began his second stint on the DL on May 26 after experiencing right knee inflammation. (

Levi Michael Keeps Going

Things always went quickly for , who skipped his senior season at North Davidson and enrolled early at UNC, where he was a star player for three years. Michael got drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Twins in 2011 and received a $1,175,000 signing bonus. At that time Michael had the world at his feet. He still does but the journey's been tough. (Lexington Dispatch)
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