Mariners start season with win

TOKYO — Ichiro Suzuki looked perfectly at home, putting on the kind of show that made him so popular in Japan.

Too bad most fans across America couldn't follow along.

Suzuki got four hits and plenty of attention as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in 11 innings Wednesday night in the Major League Baseball opener.

A capacity crowd of 44,227 lit up Tokyo Dome with camera flashes every time Suzuki came to bat. He drew a standing ovation when he took his position in right field in the final inning.

A lot of big leaguers arriving early at camp wanted to enjoy it, too, but couldn't.

The game began at 6:09 a.m. EDT and was televised live only to the Seattle and Oakland markets. The MLB Network showed it on tape delay at 9 a.m. — the game already was in extra innings when the nationwide telecast carried the first pitch.

Felix Hernandez combined with two relievers on a six-hitter as MLB opened its season in Tokyo for the fourth time. Dustin Ackley homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th.

The continent switch didn't help the A's, who became the first team to lose eight straight openers since Philadelphia from 1985-92, according to STATS LLC.

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