After going 0-for the week, Chris Carter sent down by A's

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Overmatched in six major league games, Chris Carter was sent down by the A’s on Monday with the team needing to make room for Conor Jackson.
The A’s also opted to promote Travis Buck and send Jeff Larish to Triple-A.
The 23-year-old Carter hit .362/.459/.691 with eight homers and 25 RBI in his final 25 games before being promoted from Sacramento, but he went 0-for-19 with nine strikeouts and a walk while starting six games in left field for the A’s.
The poor showing won’t prevent him from returning in September, but he’ll need to do something then if he expects the A’s to make room for him in their lineup headed into 2011. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Carter has been used mostly in the outfield as of late, but he figures to be a first baseman or a designated hitter for the long haul. If he impresses, the A’s might opt to trade Daric Barton and commit to him at first base.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.