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Munenori Kawasaki a Mariner at heart

Updated: December 1, 2011, 10:03 AM ET
Associated Press

FUKUOKA, Japan -- Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki wants to go to the major leagues, provided he can join Ichiro Suzuki with the Seattle Mariners.

Kawasaki said at a news conference Thursday that he is thinking only about playing on the same team as Suzuki and would have to decline other offers.

The 30-year-old Kawasaki is a free agent and could negotiate with any major league team, but prefers Seattle. This season, he batted .267 with 161 hits in 144 games and helped lead the ...

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