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Top Pick, Top Talent Sign Big Deals

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Andrew Miller has had quite a year. The North Carolina lefthander was the College Player of the Year, led the Tar Heels to the College World Series championship series and was the No. 6 overall pick in the draft. Then he signed with the Tigers for the largest guaranteed contract of any 2006 draftee, just edging out the No. 1 overall pick, righthander Luke Hochevar, who signed with the Royals a day before Miller's contract became official. To top it off, Miller will end his year in the major leagues.

Draft | #2006#Draft Dish

Summer Stock

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The 2005 Cape Cod League all-star game featured North Carolina teammates Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller on the mound to start the game, beginning a scoreless duel that also featured pitchers such as Tim Lincecum and Brandon Morrow who pushed radar gun readings toward the 100 mph mark. The big pitching name of the 2006 edition of the game was . . . Matt LaPorta?

College | #2007#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

All-Star Game A Letdown In Cape Cod

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A somnabulant crowd at Yarmouth-Dennis watched the best players in the Cape Cod League go through the motions, while the high school players played with more passion in a showcase all-star event the day before.

College | #2007

Second Maddux Stint Ends In Chicago

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The first time Greg Maddux left the Cubs, he was at the peak of his powers as a free agent in 1992. Now, Maddux has left the friendly confines of Wrigley Field again, this time as a past-his-prime, back-of-the-rotation starter. He went to the Dodgers on Monday in exchange for deluxe defender Cesar Izturis. Chicago also contributed $2 million toward the remainder of Maddux' salary.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Rangers Add Another Bat In Stairs

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New Royals general manager Dayton Moore continued Monday to do whatever he can to improve his organization for the future, trading 38-year-old Matt Stairs to the Rangers. Continuing a theme of most of Moore's initial deals, Kansas City acquired a promising if erratic arm in Triple-A righthander Joselo Diaz.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central