TOKYO (AP) age.Ichiro Suzuki had it on a night to celebrate all things Ichiro Ichiromania in other words as he started for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in MLBs opening game of the season.About 45 http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey ,000 voices in a sellout crowd on Wednesday at the Tokyo Dome chanted his name as he took his place in right field. The scene is likely to be repeated on Thursday when the teams finish their Tokyo series. That game may also mark and end for the 45-year-old Ichiro, though no one is saying.I thought it was amazing to see the crowd come out here for him, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon said after a 9-7 win. This whole situation is pretty much for him and he deserves it.Ichiro provided his usual flair early, catching a ball behind his back during batting practice.Cameras flashed and chants echoed all around the park when Ichiro came to bat in the third inning. But with fans eager to see him deliver, he popped up with a runner on second base.He worked a walk in his second at-bat in the fourth and, after taking his place in the outfield for the bottom half, was pulled from the game. He trotted off to another huge ovation and was hugged by Seattle players in the infield.The fans in Japan probably arent used to the reception I got from my teammates, but its not that unusual in the majors, Ichiro said.Mariners manager Scott Servais said Ichiro will play Thursday Addison Russell Jersey , but didnt say whether hell start.We certainly want to give him an opportunity to go out and play, but we also want to get some other guys in the game, Servais said. I understand everybody wants to see him go all nine innings. Were trying to do the best thing for the team and Ichiro understands.Hundreds wore Ichiro jerseys of different eras and colors emblazoned with No. 51, and a military band played a Sousa march in the pregame ceremonies.A half-dozen fans lined up just behind the third-base dugout and held up cards spelling out his name in Japanese. Another wore a shirt that read: Ichiro I believe 3,090.As manager Bob Melvin knows Ichiro from their days with the Mariners.Every time he comes to the plate, every time the ball is hit to him, theres going to be a lot of moments. A lot is going on that circulates around him.Ichiro went into the game hitting ninth not exactly a vote of confidence despite having 3,089 hits since joining Seattle in 2001.Another fan was keeping count with his sign: Ichi-Meter, 3 Sammy Sosa Jersey ,089.And one sign had the clearest messageof all: We Love You Ichiro.Japanese fans are hoping its not the end, but they know its likely. They also thought that when Ichiro played here in 2012 with the Mariners also against the Athletics and had four hits in one game.Hes had only 2 hits in 31 at-bats in spring training, including two exhibition games in Japan perhaps the worst hitter anywhere this spring.Seven years ago it appeared he had played for the last time in Japan, Fumihiro Fujisawa, head of the Japanese Association of Baseball Research, told The Associated Press. I dont think anybody believed he would be active now.It may not last long. Neither the Mariners nor Ichiro are saying that happens next. But it seems likely he will not be on the Mariners 25-man roster when the regular season resumes with a four-game series in Seattle against the Boston Red Sox.He could be around, however, for two games against the San Diego Padres to end spring training in Seattle.Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi will make his major league debut on Thursday for the Mariners. Its his beginning and it could be Ichiros end.Japanese fans secretly think that first game for Kikuchi might be the last one for Ichiro, Fujisawa said. We are afraid of that.Both managers said they are just fans on nights like this.There will be certain periods in the game here when you sit back and reflect and little bit Joe Maddon Jersey , and certainly just watch, Melvin said.Added Servais: Its exciting, its fun for our team, its fun for myself. What Ichiro has done is unbelievable. Hes goes down in history as one of the all-time great players. NEW YORK (AP) Becoming the first player to hit for a postseason cycle earned Brock Holt a return to the Boston Red Sox bench.Ian Kinsler was back at second base Tuesday night for Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees and left-hander CC Sabathia.Holt, a left-handed batter, had four hits and five RBIs in Bostons 16-1 rout Monday night, his first appearance in the series. His cycle came in the 1,562nd postseason game in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.I told him its a tough league Willson Contreras Jersey , Red Sox manager Alex Cora said with a smile. I talked to him this morning, and he knew. He knew where we were going. Lets see how the game plays out. Its one of those that either we get to CC early and they bring (in) the righties, or we have to grind out at-bats against CC for five innings, and we need the righties. So hell be ready.The right-handed-hitting Kinsler is 3 for 9 in the series with one RBI and five strikeouts.Cora inserted Eduardo Nunez at third base in place of Rafael Devers, who started Game 3. Christian Vazquez was behind the plate for the second straight night after Sandy Leon started the first two games.Weve been doing this the whole season, Cora said. We feel this is the best lineup to attack CC Sabathia. Hes one of the best lefties in the big leagues. Hes a lot tougher against lefties than righties, and weve got a group of righties that we feel we can match up with him and take advantage of the situation.Steve Pearce was at first base for the second consecutive night; Mitch Moreland left Game 2 after hurting his right hamstring while running the bases.Boston leads 2-1 in the best-of-five series.