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Ichiro contract announcement expected Friday

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SEATTLE, Wash. - The Seattle Mariners have scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon to announce that they have signed Ichiro Suzuki to a contract extension that will keep the All-Star outfielder from leaving in free agency this fall.

The deal is expected to be for five seasons after this one, which will take Suzuki to age 39 with the only major league team he's known.

Suzuki wasn't commenting yesterday.

He hit the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star game history Tuesday night, winning MVP honors and helping the American League to a 5-4 victory.

The 33-year-old Suzuki is in the final year of a $41 million, four-year contract.

He set the single-season record for hits with 262 in 2004, and has gotten at least 200 hits in each of his first six years in the majors.
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