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Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki delivered a hit and Shigetoshi Hasegawa pitched a perfect inning in relief, but the Seattle Mariners fell 3-1 to the San Diego Padres on Friday in their preseason stretch run before Opening Day.

Ichiro, who hit .350 to lead the American League last season, lined a single to center with two out in the seventh inning to advance a pinch-runner. He also grounded out twice and reached on an infield error in the third.

Hasegawa came on in the eighth with two runners on base, but prevented anyone from scoring by not giving up a hit to close out the inning.

The Mariners open the 2002 season Monday against the Chicago White Sox in Seattle.

In San Francisco, Giants leadoff man Tsuyoshi Shinjo had a hit and scored a run in two at-bats as San Francisco trounced the Oakland A’s 7-1.

Shinjo was issued a walk in the first and trotted home on Barry Bonds’ timely hit before hitting a single to center in his third at-bat.

Meanwhile, So Taguchi, relegated to Triple-A Memphis from St. Louis, belted his first home run of the spring and was 2-for-3 in a game against the Cardinals.

In Arlington, Texas, Hideki Irabu, who inked a major-league deal with the Rangers earlier this week, said “I’m happy that out of all the pitchers at the (minor-league) camp, I was the one who was able to make it through.”

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