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New Yankee Ichiro Suzuki gets ovation from Mariners fans [Video]

July 24, 2012|By Chuck Schilken

Suzuki finished 1 for 4 and caught the final out of the game. He played right field in place of the injured Nick Swisher but will eventually move over to left to replace Brett Gardner, who will likely miss the rest of the season because of an elbow problem.

Another strange sight for Seattle fans -- Suzuki with No. 31 on his back instead of his usual No. 51. The latter number has not been worn by a Yankee since four-time World Series champion Bernie Williams last played.

“No. 51 is a special number to me, but when I think about what 51 means to the Yankees, it's hard for me to ask for that number,” Suzuki said.

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