Seattle Mariners vs Oakland Athletics Live Blog: Play-by-Play Analysis, Reaction

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 25: Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki #51 of Seattle Mariners line up for national anthem during the pre season game between Seattle Mariners and Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome on March 25, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
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Patrick HansenCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2012

The Mariners come out on top in their season opener against the Athletics. The 3-1 victory lasted just over three hours and 11 innings, marking the beginning of the 2012 MLB season.

Stars of the game for the Mariners include Ichiro Suzuki who went 4-5 with an RBI in his homecoming, Felix Hernandez (8 IP, 1 ER, 6 K), Dustin Ackley (2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Tom Wilhelmsen who pitched two perfect innings of relief.

Star on the Oakland side were starter Brandon McCarthy (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 K) and shortstop Cliff Pennington (2-5, 1 R).

The win for the M's puts them atop the AL West (for maybe the only time all year).

The two teams will meet again tomorrow morning at 5:10 AM EDT for a rematch with Jason Vargas taking the hill for the Mariners and Bartolo Colon for the A's.

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