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TOKYO (AP) - It was a night to celebrate all things Ichiro. Ichiro Suzuki took the field playing right field for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics. It's the first of a two-game series in Japan to open the Major League Baseball season. Many believe it could be Ichiro's last two games. He is 45 and ranks among the sport's greatest players. Ichiro popped up, walked and came out of the game in the fourth inning
TOKYO (AP) - Jay Bruce of the Seattle Mariners has gotten the first hit of the 2019 Major League Baseball season and Oakland's Stephen Piscotty has connected for the first home run. Bruce lined a single off the glove of shifted shortstop Marcus Semien with two outs in the top of the first inning at the Tokyo Dome. Piscotty homered to center field in the bottom of the first off Marco Gonzales. Oakland's Mike Fiers threw the first pitch of the season, a ball to Dee Gordon at 6:36 p.m. (5:36 a.m. EDT).
(AP) - The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to get better every season. This year should be no different. The top teams, players and games to look for in March Madness.
SEATTLE (AP) - Coach Mike Hopkins knows the style of defense Washington plays will give the Huskies a chance of hanging around against seemingly any opponent in the NCAA Tournament. He also knows that no matter what kind of chaos Washington's zone defense creates, the Huskies still must find a way to hit shots at a far more consistent rate than they did late in the season. The Huskies will face Utah State in the first round of the Midwest Region on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
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