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Some history for Ichiro

Ichiro SAN FRANCISCO -- Ichiro Suzuki's third hit of the game was a memorable one -- the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star history. He's never even had one in the regular season or postseason for the Mariners!

Suzuki's line drive to deep right with one out in the top of the fifth off San Diego's Chris Young was butchered by Ken Griffey Jr., who watched it strike a banner on the fence in the alley and carom away from him toward the line in right. You can see the MLB.com video of the bizarre play here.

Ichiro burst around the bases and scored standing up to give the AL a 2-1 lead through five. It scored Baltimore's Brian Roberts, rear, who led off with a walk.

Ichiro is 3 for 3 and has been replaced by Torii Hunter. And with rumors abounding that he's about to sign a $100 million extension, that's a pretty good day. Give him the slight MVP lead over Reyes, who is also 3 for 3 after his fifth-inning single.

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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