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Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo Dome

Mar. 21, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever. But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing. The great Ichiro has said "sayonara." Now 45, Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning,...

Ichiro says goodbye to adoring fans; Mariners beat A's in 12

Mar. 21, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — 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. "Since spring training...

Ichiro cheered at Tokyo Dome, Mariners top A's 9-7 in opener

Mar. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting. A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Wednesday in the...

Ichiro takes field with 45,000 voices in full support

Mar. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Talk about a serious home-field advantage. Ichiro Suzuki had it on a night to celebrate all things Ichiro — "Ichiromania" in other words — as he started for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in MLB's opening game of the season. About 45,000 voices in a sellout...

US man arrested for allegedly stabbing wife at Tokyo court

Mar. 20, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police arrested an American man on Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing his Japanese wife at a court where they were to settle a divorce, officials and media reports said. The man, identified only as a 32-year-old U.S. citizen, stabbed the woman in the neck near a security check...

Bruce gets 1st hit of 2019 MLB season, Piscotty 1st home run

Mar. 20, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

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 Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien with two outs in the top of the first inning...

Tokyo Olympics organizers unveil torch for next year's games

Mar. 20, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers have unveiled their torch for next year's games, playing off the image of Japan's famous cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom is Japan's most-loved flower. Organizers on Wednesday said the torch image was picked because the torch relay will begin a year from now in...

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

Mar. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. Takeda announced Tuesday at the committee's executive board meeting that he will resign when his term ends...

Opening day intrigue: Ichiro keeps 'em guessing about future

Mar. 18, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — This is the Ichiro effect. Richard Snitzer had never been to Japan. What finally drove the Japanese-American to travel here from his home in Hayward, California, was Ichiro Suzuki; not family ties, not pure wanderlust, but a chance to see a player he called "simply the best." And get this....

Ichiro in Japan: Still enjoying the big leagues while he can

Mar. 16, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is enjoying it while he can. He's back in Japan and sure to play at the Tokyo Dome when the Seattle Mariners face the Oakland Athletics in two games to open the Major League Baseball season. He's 45 and knows it can end any moment, but if he has a grand retirement plan, he isn't...