TOKYO -- Long known as the Yankees of Japan, the Yomiuri Giants
lived up to the standard Monday night at the Tokyo Dome. But did the Mariners have to be the Bad News Bears of MLB?
The 21-time champions of the Japan Series won 9-3, despite the fact that the Mariners put three Japanese players in the lineup to try to keep pace.
Besides Ichiro, the Mariners started newcomer shortstop Munenori Kawasaki and Hisashi Iwakuma, Monday's opening pitcher, all of whom were predictably hailed in the pre-game ceremony by another big crowd of 43,379.READ MORE»