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Ichiro comes up big for Japan in win over Cuba

Updated: March 21, 2006, 8:22 AM ET
Associated Press

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SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Koji Uehara formed his champagne-soaked hair into a mohawk and chanted "Ichiro! Ichiro!" through Japan's victorious clubhouse. His teammates howled, even Ichiro Suzuki himself.

For a night, every player with Japan on his jersey earned equal star status, and not one wasted the chance to celebrate like a World Series winner. And the typically serious Suzuki revealed an emotional side rarely seen by those around him with the Seattle Mariners.

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