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Outfielder Norichika Aoki was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Saturday.

This is the second demotion this season for the 34-year-old Aoki, who will trade places on the Mariners’ active roster with former Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks slugger Lee Dae-ho. Prior to this season, Aoki had not played in the minors except for rehab assignments last season after he was hit by pitches.

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