Ichiro Suzuki and possibly Hideki Matsui will begin the 2012 season playing before their countrymen.
Hideki Matsui plans to show up at the ballpark every day playing to win. His mindset remains the same in any situation.
Luis Perez pitched brilliantly in his first big league start, combining with Casey Janssen on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista connected for his majors-best 36th home run to send the Toronto Blue Jays over the Oakland Athletics 1-0 Sunday.
Josh Willingham hit a home run and had two hits, Coco Crisp drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Tuesday night.
David Murphy hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Sunday for a three-game series sweep.
Conor Jackson drove in three runs, Hideki Matsui had four hits and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-3 on Thursday.
The Oakland Athletics have struggled on the road, in one-run games and extra innings. All three came together in positive way for one day.
Coco Crisp and Hideki Matsui homered for the Athletics, who have lost 30 of their last 37 games away from home. Oakland entered hitting an AL-low .232 on the road.
Seattle starter Felix Hernandez improved to 12-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 21 career starts against Oakland, including five consecutive winning decisions.
Hideki Matsui and Ryan Sweeney both homered as part of a nine-run fourth inning and the suddenly resurgent Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 13-4 on Wednesday night.