The Ichiro-Matsui relationship

Updated: April 22, 2011, 1:17 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui, Japan's most popular exports since the Sony Walkman, were fittingly intertwined the first Saturday of this season on Japanese Heritage Day in Oakland.

Newly signed with Oakland after seven seasons with the Yankees and one with the Angels, Matsui doubled for his 2,500th career hit (Japan and here combined). Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is fourth generation Japanese-American, then hit a fly ball to Ichiro, who caught the ball and threw out Matsui ...

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