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July 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Mariner Pre-Game notes, July 3

The M’s sent down Mike Carp to Tacoma to make room for Sunday’s starter, Blake Beavan. Carp had hit .200 in 35 at-bats since he was called up after a sizzling season in Tacoma.
The move of Carp, rather than catcher Jose Yepez, reflects the fact Miguel Olivo isn’t quite ready for action after he suffered a hamstring injury Tuesday night against Atlanta.
“I want to make sure he’s (Josh Bard) got some protection,” said M’s manager Eric Wedge, referring to Yepez’s role of backup to last week’s callup, Bard, who is in the lineup for the series finale with San Diego.
“Miggy’s availability is still somewhat uncertain right now,” Wedge added.
Chris Gimenez, Olivo’s backup, went to the 60-day disabled list with a strained oblique suffered the same night Olivo went down.
Meanwhile, second baseman Dustin Ackley, who had a slight rib problem that kept him out the first two games of the Padres series, is back in the lineup.
The Walk That Was, Revisited
Wedge called a brief pre-game meeting, partly to hold himself responsible for the already infamous three-ball walk that ended up costing the M’s a possible victory Saturday night. Cameron Maybin of the Padres got a free pass after only three balls, and it wasn’t caught immediately by either the umpiring crew or anybody on the Mariners bench.
“That’s why I met with the guys this morning,” Wedge said. “I just wanted to be accountable. I preach being accountable, and ultimately, that falls on me. I’m the captain of the ship.”
While acknowledging there is naturally “human error,” Wedge said, “You’ve just got to follow the game.”
He added that “we’ve definitely become too dependent on the scoreboard.”
The scoreboard had Maybin with an extra ball when he drew the third one, leading to the conclusion he had walked. He came around to score the game’s only run.
Hard-Luck Fister
Doug Fister, the victim in the 1-0 defeat Saturday night, is 14th in the American League in earned-run average (3.03), but the lack of run support has him third in losses with nine (3-9). He has the poorest run support in the major leagues at 2.19 a game.

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