Ichiro announces his retirement from baseball

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

TOKYO (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki was showered with cheers and chants while taking what appeared to be his final bow in a magnificent career that lasted nearly three decades Thursday when the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in 12 innings.

The 45-year-old Ichiro went 0 for 4 in the second game of the Major League Baseball season. He got a chance at a storybook ending at the jammed Tokyo Dome when he came up with two outs, a runner on second base and a tie score in the eighth inning, but grounded out.

He drew a huge ovation from fans and teammates when he was pulled from right field in the bottom of the eighth. The buzz from the sellout crowd of 45,000 diminished after his exit.

Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star in the majors. He made 3,089 hits over a 19-year career in the big leagues after getting 1,278 in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a professional record.

Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle's 9-7 win in the opener Wednesday, beat out a double-play relay with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the 12th.