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Seattle Mariners leadoff man Ichiro Suzuki flew back to Japan on Friday for a brief visit to his hometown, where he will watch the final of the boys’ league championship called the Ichiro Cup organized by a nonprofit group.

Ichiro, who appeared at Kansai International Airport in a black turtleneck sweater and jeans, returned for Saturday’s final between the Naruko Fighters and Koizumi Club in the tournament named after him and featuring 218 teams in the town of Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture.

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