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April 3, 2001 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stylishly unshaven, Ichiro Suzuki has tried his best to learn a new - and evolving - strike zone and the nuances of American baseball this spring. That hasn't been easy, not with photographers and reporters documenting his every breath, every move, every word. Ichiro takes a practice swing. Click. Ichiro yawns. Ichiro playfully taps a Seattle Mariners teammate on the shoulder. And then . . . Ichiro tries to speak English. Get the film crew and the microphones!
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July 6, 2009 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wakefield an all-star at last Knuckleball specialist Tim Wakefield made his first All-Star Game in his 17th season, one of a major-league-high six Boston Red Sox players headed to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 game. The 42-year-old righthander is tied for the big-league lead with 10 wins. Wakefield is the second-oldest first-time all-star after legendary righthander Satchel Paige, who was 46 (more or less) when he was on the team in 1952. Boston's Dustin Pedroia, the reigning AL MVP, passed Texas' Ian Kinsler in a close vote at second base, and leftfielder Jason Bay also won a spot in the lineup.
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August 10, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Seattle put on another offensive show at the expense of host Baltimore, getting three hits and three RBI apiece from Ichiro Suzuki and Yuniesky Betancourt in last night's 13-8 win. Jose Guillen homered for the Mariners, who scored 31 runs on 49 hits in their first three-game sweep in Baltimore since September 2000. Seattle moved one game ahead of Detroit and 1 1/2 games ahead of idle New York in the AL wild-card race. Betancourt singled home the tying run in the fourth inning and drove in the go-ahead run in a five-run sixth that put the Mariners in control.
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July 19, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Yankees are trying to make a race of the American League East. Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and the Yankees won their fifth straight game, beating the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1, last night. By winning 11 of 14 overall, the Yankees have trimmed Boston's AL East lead to seven games - the closest they've been since May 12. They also gave manager Joe Torre a nice 67th birthday present. Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu started the seventh-inning rally that got Yankee Stadium rocking for one of the few times all season.
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November 20, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Don Wakamatsu is proud to be the first Asian-American manager in major league history. He's also keenly aware of what his grandparents endured, generations before he took over the Seattle Mariners. During World War II, the United States government moved his Japanese ancestors across the country from one internment camp to another. Wakamatsu's father, an iron worker, was born in one. "I'm proud to represent some of what they went through in their lifetime," Wakamatsu said. "If I can set a future stepping stone for Japanese-Americans and just the equality in baseball, I'm glad to bear that torch.
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August 25, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Barry Bonds hinted yesterday his preference is to remain with San Francisco next year. Owner Peter Magowan, in turn, said the Giants' finish will affect whether Bonds will return. "The farther we go, I think the better chance there might be," Magowan said. Bonds, who has earned $55.2 million in nine seasons with the Giants, is eligible for free agency after the World Series. "All my roots are in San Francisco," Bonds said. In other news: INDIANS: Nagy out for year Pitcher Charles Nagy went on the disabled list with a sore right elbow, and the Indians said he will miss the rest of the season.
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May 18, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
While David Cone's comeback still needs a bit more work, Brad Radke keeps doing everything right. Cone's abbreviated Boston debut was spoiled yesterday by Radke, who became baseball's first seven-game winner as the Minnesota Twins beat the visiting Red Sox, 5-3. "I need to fine-tune some things and throw more strikes," Cone said after lasting only three-plus innings. Radke (7-1) threw his third complete game in nine starts, allowing six hits. He walked none and struck out six. Cone allowed two runs, two hits, four walks and a hit batter in his first major league start since Sept.
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May 30, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
With Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez gone from Cleveland, Jim Thome became the Indians' career leader in home runs. Thome hit his 243rd career homer and Roberto Alomar hit a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the seventh inning to lead the visiting Indians to a 6-4 victory over Detroit last night. "It feels great - it is a great honor," Thome said after passing Belle. "There's a lot of good guys on that list - Albert, Manny, on down the line. It means more that I did it with the Indians and was here that long.
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April 7, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Alex Rodriguez won't have a fond memory of his first game against his former team - because of Ichiro Suzuki's 10th-inning home run. Suzuki, the seven-time Japanese batting champion, hit his first major league home run and was 4-for-6 last night to lead the visiting Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers, 9-7. Rodriguez was 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and two runs scored, striking out twice and flying out. In his first five games since...
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June 7, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Alex Cintron spotted a pattern, then waited for his pitch. Cintron hit a three-run homer off reliever Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning to lead the host Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers last night. With Detroit ahead, 3-1, Rodney walked Jermaine Dye leading off the eighth and Joe Crede with one out. Cintron then hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for his first homer of the season. "I figured him out," Cintron said.
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January 29, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada may or may not like baseball, but he holds a soft spot for millennials. His sinister, slightly funny, and intelligent God Bless Baseball , which played Jan. 22-23 at Fringe Arts, teems with insights in its allegorical look at a game that's as American as apple pie and global economic domination. Okada's play starts innocently enough. On Tadasu Takamine's set, two twenty-something women (Aoi Nozu and Sung Hee Wi) stand inside a baseball diamond. One Japanese, one Korean, their words appear in English on a pair of short screens that flank a giant, imposing white disc that resembles the inside of an umbrella.
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April 25, 2015
The Phillies have been so ineffective hitting and fielding early in this rebuilding season, they certainly can't afford to give free passes to their opponents. But through their first five series of April, walks also have plagued the scuffling ball club. Their pitching staff left Citizens Bank Park Thursday afternoon leading the majors with 66 walks over 16 games. In 522/3 innings, the bullpen has accounted for 30 of those walks. "That's something we wanted to improve on from last year," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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August 25, 2013
State's engine needs SEPTA The point of a letter from State Rep. Brad Roae (R., Crawford) appears to be that mass-transit agencies such as SEPTA should increase their fares to reduce their government subsidies ("New SEPTA fares still too low," July 29). Roae clearly doesn't understand the role SEPTA plays in allowing Southeastern Pennsylvania to function as the economic engine of the state. Without SEPTA, that engine won't run. There are not enough roads to handle the traffic and no place to put new ones.
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October 9, 2012 | Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettitte, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 3-2, Monday night to even their American League division series at one game apiece. Chris Davis drove in two runs for the Orioles, who used the same formula that got them into the postseason for the first time in 15 years: a magnificent bullpen and an ability to win tight games. Baltimore was 29-9 in one-run decisions during the regular season and 74-0 when leading after seven innings.
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July 25, 2012
And the rich get richer. The New York Yankees, already owners of the best record in baseball, traded two minor-league pitchers to Seattle for hitting machine Ichiro Suzuki on Monday. The Yanks, while in Seattle, made the trade after learning that speedy outfielder Brett Gardner was lost to an elbow problem. Most teams looking to add a bat for the stretch might end up with a journeyman hitting .261. The Yanks get a .261 hitter who's a future Hall of Famer. The 38-year-old Suzuki had spent his whole big-league career with Seattle.
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April 16, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE WHIRLWIND of playing games on two continents and three states to begin the 2012 season had Brendan Ryan so confused he legitimately didn't know the Seattle Mariners had an off day at home coming on Monday. Ryan will get the needed break after accomplishing a first in his time with Seattle: actually hitting a home run at home. "I didn't know that. Are you serious?" Ryan asked. "I don't have to show up tomorrow? That's a really happy off day then. " Ryan hit a two-run homer in the second inning, Justin Smoak added a solo shot in the third and the Mariners beat the visiting Oakland Athletics, 5-3, on Sunday.
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June 20, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
SEATTLE - By the time Charlie Manuel finished talking to reporters yesterday, you could almost see the bite marks on his lower lip. The Phillies manager will go to great lengths to avoid criticizing his team in public. But after watching 28-year-old journeyman Jason Vargas hand his offense a 2-0 loss at Safeco Field, Manuel seemed close to his threshold of self-restraint. "Come again?" he said to a reporter who had asked him if he was pleased with his hitters' approach during Vargas' complete-game domination.
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June 20, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEATTLE - There was plenty of time for Charlie Manuel and his 25 players to let Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Mariners stew; a charter flight awaited the team bound for St. Louis, where Monday would be spent without baseball. Judging by Manuel's disposition immediately after dropping a series to Seattle, the manager would dedicate a majority of the 51 hours in between swings by a Phillies hitter wondering what, exactly, happened. "Their guy was good, evidently," Manuel said. He praised Jason Vargas' penchant for slow stuff in the three-hit shutout.
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June 18, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
SEATTLE - When you look at Raul Ibanez' company, you realize the depth of his roots with the Mariners. Only nine other players have spent as much time with the organization as Ibanez did in his two five-season stints in the Pacific Northwest: Edgar Martinez (18 seasons), Jay Buhner (14), Ken Griffey Jr. (13), Dan Wilson (12), Jamie Moyer (11), Randy Johnson (10), Harold Reynolds (10), Ichiro Suzuki (10) and Dave Valle (10). Yesterday, Ibanez returned to Safeco Field for the first time since 2008, when he hit .293 with 23 home runs and 110 RBI for a Mariners team that finished with just 61 wins.
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June 5, 2011 | Associated Press
SEATTLE - Jeremy Hellickson picked up where he left off in May, pitching neatly into the eighth inning to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. Hellickson (7-3) allowed one run and three hits over 71/3 innings, improving to 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his last seven starts. The 6-foot-1 righthander recorded five wins and gave up just six earned runs in 401/3 innings last month, earning the AL pitcher of the month award. Joel Peralta replaced Hellickson in the eighth and yielded a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Miguel Olivo, cutting Tampa Bay's lead to 3-2. But Peralta got Ichiro Suzuki to fly out to end the inning and Kyle Farnsworth finished for his 11th save in 12 chances.
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