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• If Ichiro does indeed sign that reported five-year, $100 million contract extension (look for it to be announced on Friday), it will make Mike Hargrove's recent abrupt departure as Seattle's manager even more intriguing. Did Ichiro help facilitate Hargrove's departure, or did the manager's resignation make Ichiro want to stay in Seattle? Or neither? Whatever the real answer, the fact that Ichiro gets along very well with new manager John McLaren couldn't have hurt in the final negotiations. • What should be the first rule of playing in an old-timers game? That you're older than the players playing in the real game! But, as at least one New York writer pointed out, five of the Yankees' old-timers-game players on Sunday -- Homer Bush (34), Scott Brosius (40), Jim Leyritz (43), Rich Monteleone (44) and Paul O'Neill (44) were younger than the starting pitcher that day, Roger Clemens (soon to be 45). Closer Mariano Rivera (37) is also older than Bush.