TOKYO (AP) — For the third time, baseball star Ichiro Suzuki has turned down a prestigious Japanese government award handed to stars in sports, entertainment, and culture.
Tag ’em! Opening day turns into record Home Run Derby
Bryce Harper bowed to his new fans, Mookie Betts and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox drew cheers far from Fenway Park and the great Mariano Rivera threw one more strike from the mound at...
SEATTLE (AP) — Before J.D. Martinez and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox take the field to begin the regular season, they're already playing catch up in the American League...
Four-man outfields. High-tech anti-spying rules. A starting pitcher facing just one batter in a playoff game.
But beyond all the shifts, analytics and social media outreach, here's the best...
TOKYO (AP) — Joey Mellows is taking his passion for baseball on the road. Long haul.
The 34-year-old Englishman, better known by his @BaseballBrit Twitter handle, has quit his day job to...
Mariners back to exhibition games after trip to Japan
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais didn't need long to come up with one immediate advantage to playing exhibition games after having already opened the regular...
Reaction from the baseball world to the retirement of Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki, who played his final game Thursday with the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in...
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...
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.
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...
Ichiro takes field with 45,000 voices in full support
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...
Bryce, Manny and Ichiro. London calling, and Cleveland rocks. Lots of intrigue on the baseball schedule this summer.
Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar:
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...
TOKYO (AP) — Amid all the hoopla surrounding Ichiro Suzuki's return to Japan with the Seattle Mariners, it's been easy to overlook something else: the Oakland Athletics are here, too.
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki's struggles at the plate have followed him to Japan.
Ichiro went hitless in three at-bats on Sunday when his Seattle Mariners beat the Yomiuri Giants 6-4 in an...
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...
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has arrived in Tokyo, a sure sign the Major League Baseball season is only days away from starting.
Wearing a gray and black hat pulled down to cover most of his...
TOKYO (AP) — There's an adage in Japanese that translates easily to English.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jerry Dipoto never met Ichiro Suzuki in person until the day he was reintroduced as a member of the Seattle Mariners during spring training in 2018.
Spring training games underway in Florida, Arizona
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45.
Suzuki starts likely last spring opener with a hit for M’s
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki still felt the nerves of competition at age 45.
Suzuki started what may be his final spring training with a two-run, two-out single in the third inning...
Ichiro back in M’s camp at 45 with chance to play at home
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills.
At 45 and in spring training again, Suzuki is working toward the chance to play for his original major league team in his home country.
Mariners won’t promise spot to Ichiro after Japan trip
SEATTLE (AP) — The plan seems to be in place for Ichiro Suzuki to be on the Seattle Mariners' expanded roster when they open the regular season with two games in his native Japan.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto isn't promising anything to the 45-year-old, especially if it gets in the way of developing some of the younger players who are part of the club's rebuilding plans.
Ichiro Suzuki agrees to minor league deal with Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has agreed to a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, paving the way for the 45-year-old to play in the Mariners' season-opening series in Japan.
Mariners unique approach lands LHP Yusei Kikuchi in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi smiled wide for the cameras, pointing to the back of his No. 18 jersey — a celebrated number for Japanese pitchers. In the city where one of his childhood idols, Ichiro Suzuki, became a major league star, Kikuchi is eager to prove he belongs in America, too.
Mattingly, Molina set to lead MLB All-Star tour of Japan
TOKYO (AP) — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina hopes to throw out some speedy runners. Don Mattingly looks forward to seeing Japan's national team.
Mattingly and Molina are in Japan as part of a Major League Baseball All-Star tour that features six games against Japan.
The series begins on Friday with three games on consecutive nights at Tokyo Dome followed by one game in Hiroshima on Nov. 13 and two games in Nagoya on Nov. 14 and 15.
Servais: Who was that mustachioed man?
BOSTON (AP) — Seattle manager Scott Servais kept up the ruse on Friday night, denying that he saw Ichiro Suzuki in disguise in the Mariners dugout at Yankee Stadium.
And he mostly kept a straight face as he said it.
In a performance almost as transparent as the fake mustache and hoodie the former outfielder wore when he crashed the team's bench, Servais said before Friday night's game against the Red Sox, "I've got to keep a closer eye on my dugout."
NEW YORK (AP) — Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?
Wait a second — it was Ichiro!
Now a team executive, Ichiro Suzuki donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.
Exactly as he hinted, in fact.
"He was perfect. I never would have known it was him," Valentine texted to The Associated Press.
Mariners joke Ichiro should be in Home Run Derby
NEW YORK (AP) — Now that he's no longer an active player, maybe Ichiro Suzuki wants to start swinging for the fences.
How about at next month's Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities in Washington?
What began as light-hearted banter among Seattle Mariners coaches grew into something that caused a stir in the clubhouse before Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees.
SEATTLE (AP) — The last time the Seattle Mariners were in first place this deep into the season, the current hitting coach was the designated hitter, the current "Special Assistant to the Chairman" was hitting .352 at the top of the order, and the club won 93 games but missed the playoffs.
Yes, it has been a long time since Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki had the Mariners in contention like they are right now.
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre is back in the Texas Rangers lineup after missing 12 games because of a left hamstring strain.
The Rangers delayed posting their lineup for Tuesday night's home game against Detroit, waiting to see how Beltre would get through a pregame workout. He was reinstated from the disabled list to fourth in the lineup as the third baseman.
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki says he hasn't retired, but his move to the front office of the Seattle Mariners is seen by many in Japan as the beginning of a long "Sayonara" for a national treasure.
Ichiro dominated Japanese TV talk shows, news shows and social media on Friday. National broadcasters showed historical footage of Ichiro playing with the Orix Blue Wave — his team before he joined the Mariners in 2001 — and his news conference in Seattle to explain his decision.
SEATTLE (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki's otherworldly talents made an early impression on Dave Niehaus, the Hall of Fame voice of the Seattle Mariners.
During Suzuki's first month in the majors in 2001, Niehaus narrated a throw by Suzuki from right field that nailed Terrence Long at third base. In a way, Niehaus was also describing what Suzuki was about to bring to the major leagues for 18 seasons.
SEATTLE (AP) — Dee Gordon had "Thanks 51" on his cap, and in his first at-bat hours after the Mariners announced Ichiro Suzuki's move from the roster to the front office, he held his bat out in front of him and paused, just like the Seattle franchise icon.
Then, as Suzuki had done for so many years at Safeco Field, the Mariners' new leadoff man legged out an infield single, stole a base, and scored the first Seattle run in a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — Roughly three hours before first pitch on Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki jogged to join his Seattle Mariners teammates in the outfield, fully in uniform, black mitt in hand, prepping for another pregame routine of catching fly balls and hitting in the cage.
Except there was no game for the 44-year-old Suzuki to get ready for. He wouldn't be in the lineup on this night, or again in the 2018 season. And maybe his career.
Rangers’ Adrian Beltre leaves game with hamstring strain
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers left a game against Oakland with a strained left hamstring after pulling up on his way to first base on a hit in the gap in right-center field.
Beltre limped most of the way to first on a single that scored Shin-Soo Choo from first in the eighth inning Tuesday night. He immediately went to the locker room and was replaced by pinch-runner Drew Robinson.
The Rangers say the veteran third baseman will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have recalled right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma to make his season debut starting the series finale at Texas.
Ramirez didn't appear in a spring training game and started the season on the disabled list because of a strained right lat.
Seattle made the move before Sunday's game. Guillermo Heredia, one of five outfielders that had been on the roster, was optioned to Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.
Mariners recall OF Ben Gamel, option LHP Ariel Miranda
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are going with five outfielders for now after recalling Ben Gamel from Triple-A Tacoma and optioning left-handed pitcher Ariel Miranda back to the minors.
Seattle's roster shuffling finally allowed a chance for Gamel to rejoin the club Wednesday. Gamel was sidelined by a strained oblique during spring training.
Now that Ichiro Suzuki is back with the Seattle Mariners, he hopes to stick around a while.
"I think everybody hears that I want to play until I'm 50," he said through a translator. "But I want to make sure everybody understands that I always say at least 50."
The 44-year-old outfielder rejoined his former team Wednesday with a $750,000, one-year contract.
Mariners bring back 44-year-old Ichiro Suzuki
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki's wish was granted. He is back in the familiar white and blue jersey of the Seattle Mariners.
"Even in the offseason when I would go back to Japan, I always came back to Seattle. This was my home ... has always been my home," the 44-year-old outfielder said through a translator Wednesday after finalizing a $750,000, one-year contract. "Somewhere deep inside, I wanted to return and wear this uniform again."
Longtime Major League outfielder Ichiro Suzuki soon could return to the Seattle Mariners, the team with which he made his United States debut, USA Today reported.
Ichiro, 44, last played for the Mariners in 2012, when he was traded to the New York Yankees. After three years in New York and three with the Miami Marlins, Ichiro received a buyout when Miami did not pick up his option.
Seattle is interested in signing the future Hall of Famer to a one-year deal, according to the reports.
Derek Jeter may be stuck with Marlins’ home run sculpture
MIAMI (AP) — Season previews suggesting the Miami Marlins have an entirely new look in the outfield aren't quite accurate.
Yes, major league home run king Giancarlo Stanton is gone. So are Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and even fourth outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
Ichiro Suzuki hopes to remain in Major League Baseball
TOYOYAMA, Japan (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki, who became a free agent in November when the Miami Marlins declined their option to sign him for the 2018 season, still hasn't given up hope of remaining in Major League Baseball.
Suzuki was quoted by Kyodo news agency on Saturday as saying: "I feel like a big dog at a pet shop that hasn't been sold. Of course, I want to play baseball next year."
Judge bidding for rare double with BBWAA awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is a finalist for AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, giving him a chance to become just the third player to win the awards in the same year.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed the finalists for its major awards on Monday night. The winners will be announced next week.
Judge could be a unanimous winner for Rookie of the Year, but the MVP field also includes Houston second baseman Jose Altuve and Cleveland infielder Jose Ramirez.
Marlins decline Ichiro Suzuki’s $2 million club option
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter's first major roster move with the Miami Marlins was to part with former teammate Ichiro Suzuki.
The Marlins declined Suzuki's $2 million club option, making him a free agent. Suzuki gets a $500,000 buyout.
Jeter, whose ownership group took over a month ago, played with Suzuki when both were members of the New York Yankees. The Marlins are expected to cut their payroll by one-third to about $90 million, and parting with Suzuki is just the start of an anticipated purge.
Ichiro, Stanton go deep, Marlins beat Phils 12-8 in Game 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki thought about bunting before swinging away and hitting the ball a long way.
Suzuki's pinch-hit three-run homer broke a tie in the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton added his major league-leading 46th homer and the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-8 in the opener of a traditional doubleheader Tuesday.
Manager Don Mattingly didn't send Suzuki to the plate to sacrifice so he's happy he took a cut.