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Ichiro's playoff wish comes true

In two months, Suzuki has gone from loser to winner and a key player for Yankees

Updated: October 7, 2012, 1:23 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

For 11 straight years, this would be when Ichiro Suzuki's baseball season came to an end.

But this year, it is only the beginning and for Suzuki, who will turn 39 the day after Game 7 of the ALCS, living that difference has been like taking a long swig from the fountain of youth.

"Every year I used to watch the playoffs on TV," Ichiro said Friday night. "And I'd be saying to all the other fans, 'You suck.'"

Such were Octobers in Seattle, which after the ...

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