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Ichiro, Ackley star in 2012 season opener

Updated: March 28, 2012, 2:50 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Ah, baseball is back, officially.

While many in the United States were sleeping Wednesday morning, the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners got the 2012 season started in Japan. The Mariners prevailed 3-1 in 11 innings. As I posted on Twitter, stealing similar words from Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence after his second game with the team last year: "Great game. Let's go eat." For me, it just happened to be breakfast.

In anticipation of my Monday-through-Friday "Box Score Bits" getting back into my daily routine when all the other MLB teams start playing games that count next week, here are my thoughts on M's-A's, the opener of what should be a great season.

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