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A Sox nemesis joins the rivalry

Historically one of Boston's toughest outs, Ichiro now embraces pinstripes

Updated: July 27, 2012, 6:13 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki's first hit off the Red Sox was a broken-bat infield single that went over the head of pitcher Pedro Martinez and died on the grass in front of shortstop Craig Grebeck.

That was on May 1, 2001, when Ichiro was a rookie with the Seattle Mariners and was the only Mariners hitter in the lineup Martinez did not strike out that night.

The Red Sox went nearly three full seasons before holding Ichiro without a hit for an entire game. He batted safely in his first ...

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