BY Drew Sellers 01:05AM 03/28/2012

Exhibition Roundup: Opening Series in Japan

Photos from the Seattle Mariners‘ exhibition games against the Hanshin Tigers and the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome.

Mariners' hitting coach Chris Chambliss seems to have been busy helping several players improve their swings.

Casper Wells' solo home run produced the only Mariners run again the Hanshin Tigers in exhibition play at the Tokyo Dome.

At the knees.

Ichiro takes stike three (at the knees) looking.

Solid contact

Mariners infielder Munenori Kawasaki hit a standup double in his first at bat against the Hanshin Tigers.

Pitcher's delight: The strike zone.

Pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (RHP) came on in early relief of Mariners starter Hector Noesi.

Thought he had him...

Alex Liddi reacts to a close-call "safe" after an attempted pick-off at first base.

Despite an improved swing, Chone Figgins was behind a high fastball to stikeout in his leadoff bat against the Yumiuri Giants.

Dustin Ackley reaches out as he rounds third base following a first inning solo homerum.

Yumiuri Giants pitcher Dennis Houlton looks-back Kyle Seager, who followed Dustin Ackley's solo-homerun with a single in the first inning.

Ichiro's iconic batting ritual has been met with a myriad of flashes during the opening exhibition series at The Tokyo Dome.

Seattle Mariner Munenori Kawasaki flyed out to short right-center field in the first inning against the Yumiuri Giants.

Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to deliver a split-finger sinker.

Mariners pitcher Isashi Iwakuma checks a Giants runner at first base.

Jesus Montero attempts to tag-out Yoshinobu Takahashi (24) who slides wide and under Montero's glove to touch home.

Dustin Ackley gets a little feedback from third base coach Jeff Datz after hitting a triple against the Giants.

Ichiro pushes a ball for a single against the Yumiuri Giants (to applause from opposing fans--much like Ken Griffey Jr's return to Safeco Field).

Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley sets to field a grounder and tag-out Yumiuri Giant Shuichi Murata (25).

Yomiuri Giant Daisuke Fuimura (0) sets to deliver one of several sacrific bunts by the Yomiuri Giants as they beat the Mariners 9-3 in their final exhibition game at the Tokyo Dome.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager sets to throw a fielded sacrific bunt.

Mariners Manager Eric Wedge, and his infield entourage, awaits the arrival of Lucas Luetge (LHP) from the bullpen, which is located behind the team dugout at The Tokyo Dome.

Yomiuri Giants pitcher Dennis Houlton thows Ichiro out at first after fielding a ball hit back to the mound.


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