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Carp wastes little time getting into lineup

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Mike Carp didn't look like a man who spent a chunk of February in roster limbo. Carp, designated for assignment by the Mariners just as Spring Training camps opened, didn't join the Red Sox until Friday.

Three days later, thanks in part to a split-squad day, he was in the lineup against the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. He jumped right into the fray, doubling in a run in his first at-bat in a Boston uniform.

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"It felt good," he said. "Definitely a good way to start out. Just have a good at-bat, put a good swing. I took two tough pitches, put myself in a good hitter's count and put a good swing on the ball."

Carp isn't sure exactly what his docket looks like for the next few days. The Sox may still be cautious with him for a little while as he catches up on game readiness, but it shouldn't take long for him to be on a normal program.

Matthew Leach is a writer for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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