ARLINGTON -- Since late July, rookie Mike Carp has been the most consistent hitter on a Mariners team that has struggled at the plate all season. Carp extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third inning of a 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday, a career high for the slugger.
"He's arguably had our best at-bats," manager Eric Wedge said. "He goes up there ready to hit -- he hunts the baseball. I think he sees the ball very well, and he's able to do some damage, too. He's been doing a nice job facing some pretty good pitching."
Carp, who also had a 22-game hit streak at Triple-A Tacoma this year, has improved each month of the season. He hit .200 with no home runs and no RBIs in 15 games in June, starting 11 of those contests. In 11 July games, all starts after being recalled from Tacoma on July 19, Carp hit .349 with two homers and nine RBIs. In August, Carp is hitting .353 (12-for-34) with three doubles, a homer and seven RBIs.
"Just coming back up, having more of an opportunity to play, I've got more confidence in myself being in there every day," Carp said.
Smoak takes BP, remains out of lineup
ARLINGTON -- Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak took batting practice again on Tuesday, hoping to return from a left thumb injury he sustained on Aug. 2 against Oakland, but he remained out of the starting lineup against the Rangers.
Smoak hit left-handed in the batting cages Tuesday, as he did Monday, but he did not hit from the right side in his initial round of swings. Manager Eric Wedge said Smoak was available to pinch-hit Tuesday night.
"I know he's frustrated," Wedge said. "I'm hoping he can play by Friday. ... It doesn't have to be perfect, but it has to be serviceable to where he can go out there and have a chance to perform."
Beavan won't get to face hometown Rangers
ARLINGTON -- Mariners starter Blake Beavan, who grew up in nearby Irving, Texas, will miss a chance to pitch against the Rangers, the team that drafted him in 2007 and the team he grew up watching at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Beavan, the Rangers' No. 1 pick and the 17th overall chosen in the First-Year Player Draft four years ago, is scheduled to pitch Friday against Boston.
"It'd have been fun to pitch here, especially to pitch against the hometown team growing up," Beavan said.
Beavan has had the opportunity to start against the Rangers once in Seattle on July 17, when he shouldered the loss with three earned runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Though Beavan hasn't been able to pitch in front of his friends and extended family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area yet, with five of the remaining eight Mariners-Rangers contests this season in Arlington, Beavan may get another chance.
Beavan is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA in six career Major League starts, all in the past two months.
The game-time temperature at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington reached 105 degrees Tuesday, tying a 1998 contest in Phoenix for the hottest in Mariners history. Seattle is now 8-8 in games that start at or above 100 degrees. The highest game-time temperature recorded at Safeco Field is a relatively chilly 93 degrees.
Adam Kennedy entered Tuesday's game hitting .195 since June 4, but he had a single, triple and three RBIs in his first two at-bats. After collecting only two RBIs in the previous 16 games, Kennedy has five RBIs in the past three games.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.