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Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki is en­joy­ing it while he can.

He’s back in Ja­pan and sure to play at the Tokyo Dome when the Seat­tle Mariners face the Oak­land Ath­let­ics in two games to open the Ma­jor League Base­ball sea­son next week. He’s 45 and knows it can end any mo­ment, but if he has a grand re­tire­ment plan, he isn’t re­veal­ing it.

“This is a great gift for me,” he said, speak­ing through an in­ter­preter at a Satur­day news con­fer­ence. “I will trea­sure ev­ery mo­ment here on the field. One week af­ter this event, I will be re­flect­ing back on these days, so I will make sure I re­mem­ber ev­ery mo­ment here in Ja­pan.” Yan­kees: Left-han­der CC Sa­bathia threw his first sim­u­lated game Satur­day since un­der­go­ing a heart pro­ce­dure in De­cem­ber.

The 38-year-old Sa­bathia had a stent in­serted af­ter a block­age was found in an artery from his heart. He has had a chronic right knee prob­lem that has re­quired sev­eral op­er­a­tions.

Sa­bathia, who is re­tir­ing af­ter this sea­son, is ex­pected to miss his first two or three reg­u­lar-sea­son starts.

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