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March 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Friday afternoon notes — Carp seeing success hitting it the other way

Times columnist Steve Kelley wrote last week about Mike Carp and his ascension to the Mariner lineup — and that his task now is to show he can maintain consistency for the entire season.
Thursday night, Carp took a step in that direction with his first home run of the spring, though that’s not really the noteworthy part of it.
Instead, what caught the eye of Mariner manager Eric Wedge is that the left-handed hitting Carp hit an opposite field home run off left-handed pitching Barry Zito.
“He stayed behind it and drove it like a right-hander would drive it to left field,” Wedge said. “To be able to do that against a left-hander says a great deal about his swing and where it’s at.”
Carp agreed with that assessment on Friday.
“Definitely,” he said. “I’ve just been working real hard on staying strong through the zone, going the opposite way, and it paid off yesterday. I got a good pitch I could hit and drove it out of the park.”
Carp had grounded into a force out his time up against Zito but said he got “a fastball out over the plate. He left one up. He was mixing me up off-speed and I finally got one I could stay on top of and got it pretty good. … Been working real hard on trying to go that way and stay strong that way and it’s nice it paid off that way.”
Carp is in the lineup again tonight against the A’s in a 7:05 p.m. game in Phoenix.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Tonight’s game marks the end of three straight night games for the Mariners. They will play nothing but 1:05 p.m. games in their final five days here before departing for Japan.
Blake Beavan will get his fourth start of the spring in Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game against the White Sox in Glendale, with Jake Peavy going for Chicago. Other Mariners slated to pitch in that game are Lucas Luetge, Tom Wilhelmsen, Hong-Chih Kuo and Oliver Perez.
Hector Noesi is slated to start Sunday’s game against Colorado in Peoria, with Josh Outman starting for the Rockies. Others scheduled to pitch for the Mariners Sunday are Charlie Furbush, Brandon League, George Sherrill and Shawn Camp.
— Carp’s HR was the 17th for the Mariners this spring, second among all Major League teams behind Detroit’s 20.
— Mariner starting pitchers have walked just five batters in the last 23 innings and only 11 in 50.1 innings this spring.

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