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Spring training is officially under way with Seattle holding its first workout, and the team's newest import from Japan got plenty of attention.
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (Hih-SAH-shee EE-wah-KOO-mah) did a small amount of running and a little defensive work, pronouncing Sunday's practice far easier than what he's used to in the early days of training in Japan.
The Mariners and Iwakuma agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract last month, plus a little over $3 million in incentives. He joins a franchise already exceedingly popular in Japan because of the presence of that country's superstar, Ichiro.
Seattle started spring training a week ahead of other teams because it will open its season early, on March 28 in Japan against Oakland.
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And so it begins. The Seattle Mariners take the field for the 2012 MLB season.
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The Associated Press reports: “Spring training is officially under way with Seattle’s pitchers and catchers holding their first workout. The center of attention for the brief Sunday morning session under a bright blue sky at the Peoria Sports Complex was the team’s newest import from Japan. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma did a small amount of running [...]
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