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Old 03-22-2019, 04:59 AM   #1
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Ichiro walks off to loud cheers, Mariners beat A's 5-4 in 12

The magnitude of the moment -- of sharing the field with the towering Ichiro Suzuki in his farewell -- left Seattle Mariners teammate Yusei Kikuchi in reverential silence.

Asked what that experience meant, the Japanese rookie pitcher paused for a full minute.

Ichiro was showered with cheers and chants while taking his final bow , and the Mariners sent him out with a win by beating the Oakland Athletics championship rings 5-4 in 12 innings.

On the day Kikuchi pitched well in his big league debut, Ichiro concluded a magnificent career that lasted nearly three decades.

The 45-year-old Ichiro went 0 for 4 in the second game of the Major League Baseball mlb championship rings for sale season. He got a chance at a storybook ending at the jammed Tokyo Dome when he came up with two outs, a runner on second base and a tie score in the eighth inning, but grounded out.

Ichiro, whose pro career began in his homeland in 1992 when he was 18, took his spot in right field to begin the bottom of the eighth. He then was pulled to one more ovation, punctuating his walk with waves , tips of the hat and hugs as cameras flashed all around the park.

In a fitting scene -- a passing of the torch, possibly -- Ichiro caught a flyball to end the fourth inning and Kikuchi waited for him outside the dugout for a fist bump. Kikuchi could be the next big star from Japan, having signed a contact in January that could be worth $109 million over seven years.

Kikuchi became the first Japanese-born player to make his major league debut in Japan. Showing a firm fastball and sharp slider, he gave up four hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Marcus Semien hit an RBI single on Kikuchi's 91st and final pitch, making it 3-1. Roenis Elias relieved and got Matt Chapman to hit a comebacker, but first baseman Jay Bruce dropped the throw, allowing a run to score that pulled the A's within 3-2.

Kikuchi, who went to the same high school as Los Angeles Angels championship rings two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, signed with Seattle in January after pitching for the Seibu Lions in Japan.

Effectively hiding the ball in his delivery, Kikuchi often kept custom Oakland Athletics championship rings batters off-balance while striking out three and walking one.

Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle's 9-7 win in the opener Wednesday, beat out a double-play relay with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the 12th cheap championship rings.

Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, off to their first 2-0 start since opening 3-0 in 2014.

Khris Davis hit a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the Oakland Athletics championship rings for sale seventh to make it 4-all. Davis led the majors with 48 home runs last year and homered Wednesday. Davis struck out with the bases loaded to end the 11th.

Zac Rosscup got the win and Hunter Strickland closed for his second save. Ichiro was all smiles as he greeted his teammates after the final out.

A 10-time All-Star in the majors, Ichiro got 3,089 hits over a 19-year career in the big leagues after getting 1,278 hits while starring for nine seasons in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a professional record.

Ichiro went 0 for 1 with a walk in Wednesday's opener. A's starter Marco Estrada allowed three runs in five innings.

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