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Mariners Win Season Opener In Tokyo, Defeat A's 3-1 in 11

TOKYO (AP) - Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 5 as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Wednesday in Major League Baseball's season-opener in Tokyo.

Brendan Ryan doubled to lead off the 11th, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chone Figgins and scored on Ackley's single to center.

Suzuki then gave Seattle an insurance run with a single to center off Oakland reliever Jerry Blevins that scored Ackley from second.

The capacity crowd of 44,227 at Tokyo Dome was a sea of flashbulbs every time Suzuki came to bat. He got a standing ovation when he took his position in right field in the final inning.

'Opening Day' for most Major League Baseball teams isn't until next Thursday, April 5. The Cardinals face the Marlins in their opener on MLB's "Opening Night" on Wednesday, April 4.

The Mariners home opener isn't until Friday, April 13th, vs. Oakland.      

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