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Mike Carp has gone through an emotional few months after the death of close friend Greg Halman. It was Halman who, in 2010 when in Class AAA, talked at length with Carp -- disappointed that Justin Smoak had bumped him out of his future first baseman role.

The Mariners had told Carp they were shifting him to an outfield role. Carp wasn't thrilled about it, but it was Halman who snapped him out of his funk.

He just really got into my head,'' Carp said this afternoon. He told me 'Don't limit yourself. If they tell you that you can be an outfielder, don't limit yourself. Go out there and be the best outfielder you can possibly be.''

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