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Jul 14, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Mike Carp (37) at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the eleventh inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pirates, Brewers scouting Mike Carp for first base help

Both the Pirates and Brewers are scouting the Red Sox and Mike Carp this spring, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Both NL Central teams are seeking first base help.

Carp, 27, mashed to the tune of .296/.362/.523 (140 OPS+) with 18 doubles and nine home runs in 243 plate appearances as a part-time first baseman and part-time corner outfielder for Boston last season. They acquired him from the Mariners in a cash trade last February.

The Pirates have been seeking a left-handed platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez, who managed a .333/.448/.539 batting line against southpaws in 2013. Carp, a lefty hitter, put up a .300/.367/.537 line in 215 plate appearances against righties last season. He and Sanchez would make one productive platoon.

The Brewers are having an open competition at first base in spring training. Juan Francisco, Hunter Morris, Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds are among those vying for a roster spot. They've had a revolving door at the position in the two seasons since Prince Fielder left.

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Aaron Rodgers gives his linemen, backup QBs 55-inch TVs

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer   'Tis the season for quarterbacks to get nice gifts for the offensive linemen who protect them from hungry and grinchy pass rushers throughout the football year. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers certainly was