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M's don't want Ichiro to pitch for Japan

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06:38 AM ET 02.11 | Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said he hopes reports out of Japan that right fielder Ichiro Suzuki might pitch for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic is more "propaganda than real." "I don't think it's a good idea," Wakamatsu said. "I just don't think it is a very good idea after the career he has built. It wouldn't be worth hurting his elbow." According to a Japanese sports Web site, Ichiro skipped batting practice at Team Japan's workout last Saturday in Kobe, Japan, and threw a 56-pitch bullpen session off the mound. Ichiro reportedly threw 21 curveballs and a forkball that he learned in his younger days. His fastball was reported to have reached 92 mph. Team Japan manager Tatsunori Hara said he might use Ichiro to pitch in emergency situations during the three-week Classic.

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