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Ichiro, M's top A's in Tokyo MLB opener

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TOKYO (AP) Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting.

A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Wednesday in the Major League Baseball opener.

Batting ninth and knowing he'd get two plate appearances, Ichiro popped up and worked a walk. The 45-year-old star took his spot in right field to begin the bottom of the fourth inning, then was pulled to another huge ovation. He was met with hugs from the Mariners on the diamond.

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Harper gets 1st hit after 0-for-9 start

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Bryce Harper finally got his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after an 0 for 9 start.

The slugger lined a 97-mph fastball to center on a 2-1 pitch from Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game.

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Astros' Pressly has $17.5M added to deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Right-hander Ryan Pressly remembered joining the Houston Astros and meeting Jose Altuve.

"The second I walked through the front door, Altuve gave me a big hug and said, `Thank God I don't have to face you anymore.' I said I can say the same thing about you," Pressly said Wednesday.

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Rays rookie Lowe gets $24M, 6-year deal

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Rookie Brandon Lowe, who made his big league debut last August, has agreed to a $24 million, six-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lowe's deal, announced Wednesday, includes club options for 2025 and 2026 with escalators that could make the agreement worth $49 million over eight seasons.

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Trout, Angels near 12-year, $432M deal

Mike Trout is on the verge of becoming baseball's first half-billion dollar man.

Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

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Dodgers RHP Buehler makes spring debut

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Walker Buehler had good command of his pitches and plenty of life on his fastball in his long-awaited Cactus League debut Tuesday night.

Ever the critic, though, the Los Angeles Dodgers' right-hander still found a few flaws.

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Yankees' Betances to open season on IL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list.

New York general manager Brian Cashman said Betances has an MRI on Tuesday after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander lacked velocity in his fastball.

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Giants CEO Baer won't face charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants President and CEO Larry Baer will not face charges following a physical altercation with his wife this month that led to him taking a leave of absence from the team.

The San Francisco district attorney's office said Tuesday there isn't evidence to file criminal charges against Baer stemming from his argument with wife Pam on March 1 in a San Francisco plaza.

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Tigers RHP Fulmer may need Tommy John

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery.

The Tigers said Tuesday that surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow has been recommended following an MRI exam and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

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