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Mariners Japan Night Successful

Aoki waits for his next at bat on Monday. Over 400 community supporters gather for the Mariners Japan Night event. Photo by Nick Turner/ The North American Post

By The North American Post Staff

The Seattle Mariners held its annual “Salute to the Japanese Baseball Night” event on Monday.

According to a community representative, over 400 seats were occupied by the local Nikkei community to support the Mariners. Japanese celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

In the 7-5 victory against the New York Yankees on Monday, outfielder Nori Aoki went 0-2 with a walk.

Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners and Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees faced each other as the Wednesday-game starters. Both of them were teammates with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

The next Japan Night will be held in the Seattle Storm game on Aug. 31 as a part of the kickoff event for the Japan Fair 225