Picture of the Day: Ichiro steps to the plate in Tokyo

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From Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times comes the shot below of Mariners outfielder and native of Japan Ichiro Suzuki getting ready to bat in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers. The Mariners lost the game 5-1 in front of a raucous sold out crowd of 55,000 at the Tokyo Dome.

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Vanderbilt forced a deciding Game 3 in the College World Series

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Freshman right-hander Kumar Rocker saved Vanderbilt’s bacon last night in a must-win game in the College World Series. Rocker struck out 11 Michigan batters in six and a third innings to lead he Commodores to a 4-1 victory and to force a deciding Game 3 against the Wolverines tonight.

Rocker, who tossed a no-hitter and struck out 19 Duke Blue Devils batters in the Super Regionals on June 8, limited the Wolverines to three hits and Michigan got only four hits in all. This a night after rattling off 14. Vandy didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard, scoring two runs on wild pitches ad one on an RBI groundout before getting a late home run from catcher Philip Clarke.

Tonight’s game will take place at 7PM.