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February 23, 2013

Red Sox OF Carp hopes new uniform nets new results

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Carp is eager for his new start with his new team in a new season, and seems ready to finally forget the nightmare that was 2012.

After all, with three stints on the disabled list and an injury in his first game last year, it couldn’t have been much worse.

Playing left field for Seattle on opening night last year, Carp was injured trying to make a diving catch. It was the first time he was on a season-opening roster and wanted to impress. Instead, he suffered a right shoulder sprain and was on the disabled list until May 1. And he didn’t even make the catch.

Fast forward to Friday. After being acquired by Boston Wednesday, his mood — and his uniform — had changed dramatically.

“When you think about the tradition, everything that goes on, it’s one of baseball’s premier teams,” he said. “Just excited to be a part of it. Look forward to the opportunity that I get here.”

After the Mariners acquired Kendrys Morales, Mike Morse, and Raul Ibanez in the offseason, Seattle designated Carp for assignment on Feb. 13. The Red Sox then acquired him in a trade.

Carp, who turns 27 in June, was a ninth-round pick of the Mets in 2004, before a three-team trade in December 2008 sent him to Seattle. He made his debut in 2009, and is a career .255 hitter with a .327 on-base percentage. He was limited to just 59 games with the Mariners last season, batting .213.

Carp will be among a group of players, including Daniel Nava, Lyle Overbay, and Mark Hamilton, vying for the job to back up first baseman Mike Napoli and left fielder Jonny Gomes. Carp was placed on Boston’s 40-man roster and is out of options. But, he knows the job is not guaranteed.

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