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Originally published June 14, 2011 at 9:35 PM | Page modified June 14, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Mike Carp comfortable in left field, gets two hits

Mike Carp, who made his second major-league start in left field on Tuesday, well remembers his first. It came on Sept. 25 of last season — the final game he would play in 2010. Running out a double at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Carp partially tore the plantar fascia in his right foot.

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Mike Carp, who made his second major-league start in left field on Tuesday, well remembers his first. It came on Sept. 25 of last season — the final game he would play in 2010. Running out a double at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Carp partially tore the plantar fascia in his right foot.

"I got a nice little five innings under my belt (in left)," he said, laughing. "It was pretty crazy — there was a big crowd, the roof, the turf. But I felt good out there."

Carp says he feels very comfortable in the outfield, which he has played almost exclusively since the Mariners acquired Justin Smoak last July. That blocked his path as a first baseman, so he began transitioning to the outfield.

"I knew my best way to the majors was playing left field, so that's what I focused on this offseason," he said. "It's been my position since July of last year. I almost have a full year under my belt."

Carp gets the start despite striking out three times and hitting into a double play on Monday. He is 4 for 15 since joining the Mariners from Tacoma, where he was hitting .348. He had two hits Tuesday.

"You want to try to give him at least some type of consistency with regard to their ABs," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He's a young player, and we're trying to give him an opportunity, as we are with a few of the other guys. I wanted to get him back in there, regardless of what we saw last night."

M's sign 21 draftees

The Mariners have signed 21 of the 51 players from last week's draft, including seven from the first 20 rounds. The highest signee was Cameron Hobson, a left-handed pitcher taken in the 11th round.

Assignments

Short A Everett AquaSox: Hobson (LHP, 11th round); Michael Dowd (C, 12th); Cody Weiss (RHP, 14th); Nate Melendres (OF, 17th); Joe DiRocco (RHP, 21st); Max Krakowiak (RHP, 48th).

Rookie Pulaski Mariners: Daniel Paolini (INF, 10th); Jamal Austin (OF, 13th); Dillon Hazlett (INF, 20th); Kenneth Straus (INF, 26th); David Colvin (RHP, 27th); Brett Shankin (RHP, 28th); Kyle Hunter (LHP, 31st); Robert Shore (RHP, 41st); David Villasuso (C, 42nd).

Rookie Peoria Mariners: Alex Sunderland (RHP, 38th); Chris Andreas (INF, 39th); Trevor Miller (RHP, 40th); Marcos Reyna (RHP, 43rd); Josh Corrales (RHP, 44th); Charles Jimenez (OF, 45th).

Note

• In the latest American League All-Star voting, Ichiro has dropped from fourth to fifth in the outfield voting. Ichiro (1,231,035 votes) is 216,680 behind Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury (1,447,715), and 568,304 behind Texas' Josh Hamilton (1,799,339). Jose Bautista of Toronto leads all players with 3,042,091 votes, followed by the Yankees' Curtis Granderson (2,406,946).

For the record: W-L 34-34; W PCT .500; Streak: L2 Home: 18-17 Road: 16-17 vs. AL West: 8-9 vs. L.A.: 2-2 vs. Oakland: 4-3 vs. Texas: 2-4 vs. AL East: 11-8 v. AL Cent: 12-17 vs. NL: 3-0 vs. LHP: 7-12 vs. RHP: 27-22 Day: 8-12 Night: 26-22 One-run: 14-10 Extra inngs.: 3-3

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