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Patience has its reward for Ichiro

A slow start had some asking what's wrong with Ichiro. The only question now is how to get him out.

Originally Published: May 28, 2003
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The low point for Ichiro came on April 30 with an 0-for-5 at Yankee Stadium, the final game of the historic three-game series against countryman Hideki Matsui. It dropped Ichiro's average to .243, nearly 100 points below his career average. The whispers grew a little louder. Has he lost something? Is he bored? Has the league figured him out? Will he be great again?

No, no, no and yes. Through Tuesday, Ichiro was hitting .409 in May, raising his season average to .319, and raising ...

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