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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki smiles during a news (Credit: AP)

Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki smiles during a news conference in Seattle. The Seattle Mariners announced that Suzuki, who had played with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees. (July 23, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki

The Yankees traded for Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki on July 23, 2012. The Yankees gave up minor-league prospects D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to acquire the 38-year-old All-Star.

Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads
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Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads into the Yankees' dugout after briefly taking the field. (July 23, 2012)

Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki adjusts his sunglasses as
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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki adjusts his sunglasses as he stands in right field before a game against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners announced earlier that Suzuki, who had played with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees. (July 23, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads
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Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads into the Yankees' dugout after briefly taking the field. (July 23, 2012)

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Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads
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Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads into the Yankees' dugout after briefly taking the field. (July 23, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads
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Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads onto the field. (July 23, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads
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Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans as he heads onto the field. (July 23, 2012)

Curtis Granderson, left, chats with Ichiro Suzuki before
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Curtis Granderson, left, chats with Ichiro Suzuki before a game against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners announced earlier that Suzuki, who had been with the team since 2001, was traded to the Yankees. (July 23, 2012)

Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges fans after entering
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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges fans after entering the team's dugout. The Seattle Mariners announced earlier in the day that Suzuki, who had played with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees. (July 23, 2012)

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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki smiles during a news
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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki smiles during a news conference in Seattle. The Seattle Mariners announced that Suzuki, who had played with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees. (July 23, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki smiles as New York Yankees manager
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Ichiro Suzuki smiles as New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, watches during a news conference in Seattle. The Seattle Mariners announced that Suzuki, who had played with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees for two young pitchers. (July 23, 2012)

Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki pauses before answering a
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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki pauses before answering a question at a news conference. The Seattle Mariners announced shortly before the news conference that Suzuki, who had played with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees. (July 23, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki takes batting practice before playing against
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Ichiro Suzuki takes batting practice before playing against the Tampa Bay Rays. (July 20, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki bats against the New York Yankees.
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Ichiro Suzuki bats against the New York Yankees. (July 27, 2011)

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Ichiro Suzuki takes batting practice before playing against
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Ichiro Suzuki takes batting practice before playing against the Tampa Bay Rays. (July 20, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki stands in the dugout against the
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Ichiro Suzuki stands in the dugout against the Oakland Athletics (July 6, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki gets ready in the batters box
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Ichiro Suzuki gets ready in the batters box against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (June 19, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki bats against the Oakland Athletics at
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Ichiro Suzuki bats against the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome. (March 28, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki attempts to bunt against the Kansas
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Ichiro Suzuki attempts to bunt against the Kansas City Royals. (July 18, 2012)

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Ichiro Suzuki grounds out against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Ichiro Suzuki grounds out against the Baltimore Orioles. (July 2, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki connects for his 2,500th career base
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Ichiro Suzuki connects for his 2,500th career base hit in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (June 19, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki, right, looks back as Baltimore Orioles
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Ichiro Suzuki, right, looks back as Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters looks for a dropped third strike. (July 4, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki dives safely back to first on
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Ichiro Suzuki dives safely back to first on a pickoff attempt by the Oakland Athletics. (June 26, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki races to first on a grounder
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Ichiro Suzuki races to first on a grounder against the Oakland Athletics. (June 25, 2012)

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Ichiro Suzuki leaps and catches Alex Rodriguez's long
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Ichiro Suzuki leaps and catches Alex Rodriguez's long drive to right field in the first inning. (May 12, 2012)

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki #51 of Seattle Mariners hits
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Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki #51 of Seattle Mariners hits during in the top half of the first inning during MLB match between Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 28, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki crashes into the wall after failing
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Ichiro Suzuki crashes into the wall after failing to catch Jayson Nix's 2nd inning two-run home run. (May 12, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki makes a catch on Derek Jeter's
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Ichiro Suzuki makes a catch on Derek Jeter's line drive. (May 11, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners reacts
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Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after a strike in the first innings against the Oakland Athletics during the MLB Opening Series game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 28, 2012)

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Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki hits a single
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Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki hits a single against Oakland Athletics starter Brandon McCarthy as Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki looks on in the first inning. (March 28, 2012)

Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki heads to first
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Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki heads to first after hitting a single in the first inning of the American League season opening MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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