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31 Ichiro Suzuki RF
Height/Weight: 5-11/172 | Birthdate: 10/22/1973 | Birthplace: Kasugai, Aichi, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 7/4 | Average Draft Position: 275.08
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Ichiro Suzuki expected to play Game 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is expected to play Game 2 Sunday against the Pirates.

Suzuki has been dealing with a back injury, but is ready to return. He'll only play in one of the team's two games Sunday. Suzuki is hitting .364 in 55 at-bats.


Ichiro Suzuki a no-go again on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Although his back is feeling better, according to ESPN New York, Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was held out of the starting lineup Thursday night against the Mets.

He has been sidelined since May 11 due to the injury, but is available off the bench. He is hitting .364 with four doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases this season.

Back still bothering Ichiro Suzuki


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was not in the lineup Tuesday for the second straight game. He hurt his back on a diving play in the outfield Sunday and remains day to day.

Ichiro Suzuki dealing with back issues


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was unavailable for Monday's game against the Mets due to back issues, the New York Post reports.

Suzuki got banged up on a diving play in the outfield Sunday. He was also reported to have a knee issue, but clarified to reporters that the knee is fine. Suzuki's day-to-day moving forward.


Ichiro Suzuki raises average to .375 with two-hit game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki continued Saturday to hit better as a part-time player than he did as a regular a year ago.

Suzuki doubled twice in the win over Tampa Bay. Included was one that drove in a run in the eighth inning. He now owns a .375 batting average on the season.


Ichiro Suzuki struggling with backup role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has been a starter since his breakthrough in Japan in 1994. So adjusting to a reserve role has been difficult. He did not play the first two games of the season, but was placed in the eighth spot in the starting lineup Thursday.

"As human beings, there are things we have to adjust to," he told the Newark Star-Ledger. "And that's what I'm going through right now. ... All I can do is what I'm doing now and just adjust accordingly."

Suzuki took his first major step back in 2013 with career-lows in batting average (.262) and on-base percentage (.297).


Report: Yanks willing to pay part of Ichiro's salary in trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Yankees are willing to pay a part of Ichiro Suzuki's $6.5-million salary if they can find the right trade, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Yankees would like a deal that nets a good prospect, and are said by rival executives amendable to paying down a portion of Suzuki's salary under those circumstances.

Report: Ichiro Suzuki appears to be odd-man out in NY outfield


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Ichiro Suzuki appears to be the odd-man out in the Yankees' outfield, according to ESPN analyst Buster Olney. Suzuki doesn't have a no-trade clause, and Olney suggests the Phillies could be a potential trade partner since they need outfield help.

Ichiro Suzuki plans to play 'many' seasons


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki plans to play "many" seasons after this year, according to ESPN.

Suzuki said he feels like there's "no reason for [him] to retire right now." Ichiro has said he'll accept any role the Yankees put him in, but expressed a desire to play everyday. He's coming off a season in which he hit .262/.297/.342 in 520 at-bats. 


Ichiro Suzuki not thinking about retirement


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki says he hasn't thought about retiring yet, according to nj.com.

When asked whether retirement crossed his mind after Derek Jeter's announcement, Ichiro said he's taking things year to year at this point. "You can't really make a longterm goal at this stage," Ichiro said. "You just take it year by year."

The 40-year-old outfielder hit .262/.297/.342 in 520 at-bats last season.


Yankees will try to trade Ichiro Suzuki, not Brett Gardner


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/10/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees intend to keep Brett Gardner, even though they have recently added Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran to their outfield. To clear the outfield logjam, they will attempt to deal Ichiro Suzuki instead.

While teams have shown some interest in Gardner in recent days, there may not be much of a market for Suzuki, who is arguably coming off the least productive season of his major league career, particularly as far as offense is concerned.


Yankees open to dealing Ichiro Suzuki


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/8/2013) The Journal News reports that the Yankees have discussed Ichiro Suzuki in trade talks, though no deal is currently imminent. However, there isn't much of a market for Suzuki, who may be viewed as a fourth outfielder by potential trade partners.

Ichiro hit .262 for the Yankees in 2013, and he stole a career-low 20 stolen bases.


Ichiro Suzuki out Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Suzuki will be replaced by Curtis Granderson in right. He's hitting .270/.304/.356 in 444 at-bats. 


Ichiro picks up 4,000th career hit


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki picked up his 4,000th career hit, between the majors and Japan, in his first at-bat Wednesday against Toronto.

Suzuki slashed a single past the third baseman of the Blue Jays as the Yankees left the dugout to congratulate him.

Batting second in the game, Suzuki had his average at .276 on the year after the base hit.


Ichiro Suzuki notches four-hit game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki had a nice afternoon during a 6-5 walk-off win over the Rays Sunday. Suzuki went 4 for 4 in the game. 

Batting seventh, Suzuki drove home Alfonso Soriano with a single to center in the first inning. The RBI was his 27th of the year. Suzuki is now batting .279 after the four-hit effort. 

The 39-year-old had gone 0 for 7 in his previous two games. This was the first four-hit game of the season for Ichiro. 


Ichiro homers in losing effort


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki homered in the sixth inning of Sunday's loss to the Twins. Suzuki hit his sixth HR, a solo shot, batting leadoff. 

Suzuki was 3 for 5 with two singles. He drove in two runs and scored twice and is batting .283. 

The 39-year-old enters the All-Star break with five hits in his last two games, including three runs. He has hits in eight of his last 10 games with four RBI and four runs. 


Struggling Ichiro Suzuki afforded rest


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2013) The Yankees did not pencil outfielder Ichiro Suzuki's name into the starting lineup for Monday's game in Minnesota. Suzuki is just getting a rest day from manager Joe Girardi. 

The 39-year-old is struggling, going 2 for 15 (.133) over his last four games with a walk and no runs scored. He had been red hot during the middle of the month. 

Suzuki's batting .270 with five homers and 18 RBI through 267 at-bats. 


Ichiro walks off for Yankees


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki belted a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning to give New York a walk-off 4-3 win over the Rangers Tuesday. 

For Suzuki, it was his fifth career walkoff hit and second carer walkoff home run. Suzuki finished 2 for 5 in the game and is batting .270. 

The 39-year-old has hits in five straight games but hasn't raised his average one point over that stretch. He has four homers, 16 RBI and 25 runs scored on the year. 


Ichiro Suzuki picking up offensive pace


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki homered and drove in three runs during the opener of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers. Suzuki hit a solo home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu leading off the sixth inning and added two more RBI on a single with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Suzuki, who has three home runs, finished 3 for 4 with two runs. He's batting .455 (10 for 22) with one home run, one double and three RBI in his last six games (five starts).


Ichiro Suzuki returns to Seattle Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will play in Seattle for the first time since he went to New York Friday, according to the Journal News.

Ichiro explained that while the situation was a little strange, there's no added pressure on him to perform in his former city. "There’s really no expectations for me,” he said. “But if there are fans who come out to watch me play, I definitely want to do the best I can for them."

Ichiro is hitting .266/.302/.346 in 188 at-bats this season. 


Ichiro Suzuki gets breather Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2013) Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki was out of Thursday's starting lineup in the series finale against the Mets. Manager Joe Girardi was exercising caution with his use of Ichiro.

"He's been getting some hits for us, but it's just more preventative in the sense, making sure everyone stays strong here," Girardi told MLB.com. "Boesch swung the bat well [Wednesday] night. But I worry about -- these guys are 38 and 39, some of these guys -- running them out there every day."

Ichiro is hitting .251/.288/.341 in 167 at-bats.


Yankees manager wants to settle on three outfielders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2013) Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been juggling a lineup of four outfielders for three spots since Curtis Granderson came off the disabled list May 14. Girardi expressed Wednesday he would eventually like to settle on a rotation of three outfielders among Granderson, Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki, but for now he will continue with the status quo.

"At some point you will probably get to where you will try and put out the same lineup every day," Girardi said. 

Girardi has a simple message for his outfielders.

"Just go out and play, that’s all you can do," Girardi said. "As we have seen there are so many things that can happen in this game that we might need to play all four of them."


Ichiro Suzuki not in Tuesday's lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles.

Suzuki is hitting .241/.280/.333 in 141 at-bats this year. He'll be replaced by Curtis Granderson, who will bat sixth. Suzuki can return to the starting lineup Wednesday against Jason Hammel.


Ichiro Suzuki powers up Friday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2013) Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who was batting fifth against the Royals Friday, went 3 for 5 with his second home run of the season. 

Suzuki went deep off Wade Davis for a two-run shot in the second inning. He added a double and scored three times. Suzuki is batting .282. 

With three multiple-hit games in May, Suzuki has gone 9 for 28 (.321) for the month over eight games. He's amassed the cycle over that span with a homer and a triple to go with five runs scored, three RBI and three stolen bases. 


Give Ichiro Suzuki just a little more time


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/1/2013) Ichiro Suzuki's ownership rate in CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues has been in steady decline since Week 1, and given his lackluster stats, it's easy to grasp why owners are losing patience with the 39-year-old. Though Suzuki is not the top Fantasy option he once was, there are still signs that the Yankees' outfielder is worth a second chance in standard mixed leagues.

Suzuki's value has come from getting frequent steals and infield hits. He has just a pair of steals to date, but Suzuki was streaky with steals last season, so a big burst in that category could still be in his future. As for infield hits, he has already notched seven of them, and he is batting .293 on ground balls. It's the flyball hits that have been more scarce for Suzuki, but over time, he could find the gaps more often.

His contact skills and speed aren't quite what they once were, but they're good enough that Suzuki could still rebound from an underwhelming first month of the season.