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Ichiro to start another All-Star Game07/04/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Jim Street / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- In one of the great comebacks in All-Star voting history, Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki surged from sixth to third in the last two weeks of voting and earned his fourth straight starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic.
He joins Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels and Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox in the American League's starting outfield for the July 13 All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Ichiro will be the Mariners' only representative, the first time that has happened since 1999, when Ken Griffey Jr., was the only Seattle player selected.
"It was a lot easier to tell five guys last year than only one this year," manager Bob Melvin said. "It is well-deserved. Ichiro is a perennial All-Star and there is no telling how many starts in the All-Star Game he will run off before he's finished."
Ichiro joins Griffey as the only Mariners to be selected to four consecutive All-Star teams. Junior reeled off 10 straight All-Star seasons from 1990-99.
Ichiro accepted congratulations quietly following the Mariners' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium.