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Athletics Take Final Game in Japan, Beat M's 4-1

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Bartolo Colon was dominant in the Athletics' (1-1) 4-1 win over the Mariners (1-1) on Thursday in Japan.

"I mixed my pitches well," said Colon who had six strikeouts and only gave up one run in eight innings of work. "I tried to go inside with my two-seamer and outside with my fastball."

His teammate Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the A's a 2-1 lead.  Josh Reddick followed Cespedes with a solo shot of his own to add insurance and make it 3-1.

"They tried to throw me sliders every at-bat, so I had to adjust to hit the ball," Cespedes said. "It was great to hit a home run here for the Japanese fans."

The MLB and players' association were using the trip to assist rebuilding Japan following last year's earthquake and tsunami.  Both players and coaches traveled to the disaster zone to conduct a baseball clinic on Tuesday.

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Ackley Powers M's Past Oakland, 3-1 in Season Opener

TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The 2012 baseball season is underway.

The Mariners and Athletics (0-1) kicked things off in Japan and gave the fans 11 innings of baseball before Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th and Ichiro Suzuki added an insurance run to give the Mariners a 3-1 win on Tuesday.

"I was able to put a good swing on that one," Ackley said of his 11th-inning hit. "Our team is off to a good start, and that's all that matters."

Ackley also homered in the top of the fourth for his first home run of the season.

Ichiro went 4 for 5 to give him a total of 17 Opening Day hits, breaking Ken Griffey Jr.'s previous franchise record of 14.

"That's the way he is, he is a guy that is going to get hits, that is what he does," said Ackley of watching Ichiro's four-hit performance. "He is fun to watch and especially here in front of his fans."

Felix Hernandez pitched eight innings of one-run ball for the Mariners in the victory. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched two innings in relief for the Mariners (1-0) to earn the win and Brandon League closed things out for the save.

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Former All-Star Carlos Guillen Retires From Baseball

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PEORIA, Ariz.) -- After 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, former All-Star second baseman Carlos Guillen has decided to retire.

The 36-year-old Guillen spent the previous eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He originally planned to play this season; he signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners just last month in hopes of competing for a utility role with the team. Guillen spent the first six seasons of his career with the Mariners.

While he was productive when he was on the field, Guillen battled various injuries over the years that saw numerous trips to the disabled list. He played in 113 games in 2008, 81 games in 2009, 68 games in 2010, and just 28 games in 2011.

Guillen was a key member of the 2006 Detroit Tigers team that made it to the World Series. Guillen was a .285 career hitter during the regular season and hit .344 in a total of 19 postseason games. He also hit 124 career home runs and drove in 660 runs.

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Mariners First to Camp

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PEORIA, AZ) -- It's that time of year; at least for the Seattle Mariners.

Mariners pitchers and catchers reported to training camp in Arizona Sunday, a week earlier than any other team in baseball.

The M's will start their season early when they head to Japan to take on the Oakland Athletics on March 28.

Maybe it's the anticipation of heading to Japan, but Seattle reliever Shawn Kelley doesn't seem to mind starting camp early.

"It's good to be here," Kelley said. "Warm weather, seeing all the guys and just getting back in the swing of things."

The early training may be beneficial to Seattle. The Mariners finished last season last in the AL West.

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Yankees Sign Russell Branyan To Minor League Deal

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Infielder Russell Branyan has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Branyan will compete for a big league job.

The 36-year-old split time between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels last season, batting .197 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 127 at-bats.

In 2009, Branyan walloped 31 homers for the Seattle Mariners.

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Source: Yankees Trade Top Prospect Montero for Pineda

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees traded star catching prospect Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for their star pitching youngster, Michael Pineda, that according to a source of ESPN's Jason Stark.

Both players are considered two of the best, young, up-and-comers in baseball. Through 171 innings, Pineda had an ERA of 3.74 and held opponents to a .211 batting average, for the Mariners last season.

Montero didn't get quite as much experience as Pineda, through 18 games in the majors last season, Montero hit .328 with 4 home runs and 28 RBIs.

This is the second time the Yankees tried trading Montero to Seattle. In 2010, the Yanks were offering Montero in a deal to acquire pitching ace Cliff Lee.

The deal also sent right hander Hector Noesi to the Mariners and righty Jose Campos to New York.


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Mariners Outfielder Halman Slain, Brother Arrested

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman, 24, was stabbed to death Monday morning.  Dutch police said his 22-year-old brother has been arrested in connection with his death.

Halman made his big league debut with Seattle in 2010 and played in 35 games for the Mariners last season. He helped the Dutch team win the gold medal in the 2007 European Championships.

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