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Ichiro is 3 for 3 and has been replaced by Torii Hunter.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.