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Ichiro Suzuki a hit in Japan as Mariners beat A's in MLB opener

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Fans of Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki look up at his advertisement with a telecommunications company before their American League season opening MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo. March 28.

Ok, it's not real grass and sunshine, but there is something reassuring about the start of baseball season. And yes, it's my home team.

AP reports:

TOKYO - Ichiro Suzuki gave his fans in Japan a performance to cheer about.

 Suzuki had four hits in his return home, Dustin Ackley homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Wednesday night in baseball's season opener.

 "It was very special to open in Japan," said Suzuki, who spent nine seasons in Osaka with the Orix Blue Wave. "I wanted to have fun and give the fans something at this special time and wanted to share a special moment with them."

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Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki runs in a game against the Oakland Athletics.

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A helmet-wearing fan eats in the premium seats as he watches the American League season opening MLB baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners.

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Oakland Athletics' shortstop Cliff Pennington (R) throws the ball to the first baseman for a double play attempt as Seattle Mariners' catcher Miguel Olivo (bottom) slides into the second base in the fifth inning of the opening game of the Major League Baseball 2012 season.

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Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley watches the ball after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of the MLB 2012 Opening Series in Japan.

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Seattle Mariners' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (3rd L) celebrates with his teammates after dealing Oakland Athletics in the opening game against Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball 2012 season.

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