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MLB season opener in Japan: A's vs. Mariners

Seattle Mariners mascot Moose performs at Tokyo Dome.

Seattle Mariners mascot Moose performs at Tokyo Dome. (March 29, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

The 2012 MLB season opened in Japan with a two-game series between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome.

Japanese Samurai dancers perform ahead of the MLB
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Japanese Samurai dancers perform ahead of the MLB Opening Series game two between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 29, 2012)

Oakland Athletics players lineup for the national anthem
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Oakland Athletics players lineup for the national anthem ahead of the MLB Opening Series game two between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 29, 2012)

Traditional Japanese dancers perform ahead of the MLB
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Traditional Japanese dancers perform ahead of the MLB Opening Series game two between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 29, 2012)

Seattle Mariners mascot Moose performs at Tokyo Dome.
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Seattle Mariners mascot Moose performs at Tokyo Dome. (March 29, 2012)

Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon pitches against the
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Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning. (March 29, 2012)

Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp pops out to second
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Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp pops out to second with his bat broken in front of Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo in the first inning. (March 29, 2012)

Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates
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Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates victory with team mate Yoenis Cespedes #52 during the MLB Opening Series game two between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 29, 2012)

Seattle Mariners' Justin Smoak rounds bases after hitting
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Seattle Mariners' Justin Smoak rounds bases after hitting a solo homer as Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon (21) stands on the mound in the seventh inning. (March 29, 2012)

Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics is
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Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics is out at second as Dustin Ackley #13 of the Seattle Mariners throws to first during the MLB Opening Series game two between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome. (March 29, 2012)

Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with teammates
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Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with teammates Josh Reddick (16) and Kurt Suzuki (8) at home after hitting a two-run shot against Seattle Mariners starter Jason Vargas in the seventh inning. (March 29, 2012)

Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick watches the flight of
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Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick watches the flight of his solo shot against the Seattle Mariners. (March 29, 2012)

Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick hits a solo shot
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Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick hits a solo shot as Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo looks on in the seventh inning. (March 29, 2012)

Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes, left, celebrates with teammate
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Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes, left, celebrates with teammate Josh Reddick at home after hitting a two-run shot against Seattle Mariners starter Jason Vargas in the seventh inning. (March 29, 2012)

US Major League baseball team Oakland Athletics Seth
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US Major League baseball team Oakland Athletics Seth Smith (R) reacts during the sixth inning of the MLB 2012 Opening Series in Japan against the Seattle Mariners. (March 28, 2012)

Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington throws to make
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Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington throws to make a double play as Seattle Mariners' Miguel Olivo slides in the fifth inning. (March 28, 2012)

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Seth Smith falls down
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Oakland Athletics designated hitter Seth Smith falls down in front of Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo after getting a hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. (March 28, 2012)

Seattle Mariners' Dustin Ackley rounds bases after hitting
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Seattle Mariners' Dustin Ackley rounds bases after hitting a solo shot against Oakland Athletics starter Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning. (March 28, 2012)

Flags of Japan and the United States are
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Flags of Japan and the United States are carried during the opening ceremony of the American League season opening MLB baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners. (March 28, 2012)

Flags of the United States and Japan are
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Flags of the United States and Japan are carried during the opening ceremony of the American League season opening MLB baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners. (March 28, 2012)

Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners takes
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Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners takes to the field against the Oakland Athletics during the MLB Opening Series game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 28, 2012)

Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics takes
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Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics takes to the field against the Seattle Mariners during the MLB Opening Series game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 28, 2012)

A fan of Seattle Mariners' Munenori Kawasaki watches
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A fan of Seattle Mariners' Munenori Kawasaki watches the team's batting practice prior to the season opening baseball game between Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 28, 2012)

Brandon McCarthy #32 of the Oakland Athletics pitches
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Brandon McCarthy #32 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the MLB Opening Series game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. (March 28, 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)

Ground staff work prior to the American League
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Ground staff work prior to the American League season opening MLB baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners. (March 28, 2012)

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)

Brendan Ryan #26 of the Oakland Athletics is
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Brendan Ryan #26 of the Oakland Athletics is tagged out by Cliff Pennington #2 of the Seattle Mariners in the third inning. (March 28, 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)

Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches
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Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning during the MLB Opening Series game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics in Japan. (March 28, 2012)

The flags of the United States and Japan
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The flags of the United States and Japan cover the outfield at the Tokyo Dome. (March 28, 2012)

US Major League baseball team Oakland Athletics Bran
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US Major League baseball team Oakland Athletics Bran McCarthydon pitches in the first inning during a baseball match against the Seattle Mariners. (March 28, 2012)

US Major League baseball team Seattle Mariners outfielder
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US Major League baseball team Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (R) steals second base while Oakland Athletics second baseman Jemile Weeks (L) watches on in the third inning. (March 28, 2012)

The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners line up
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The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners line up before the start of their game at the Tokyo Dome. (March 28, 2012)

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