Ichiro Decides Not to Play for Japan in '13 WBC

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Ichiro Decides Not to Play for Japan in '13 WBC
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TOKYO -- Ichiro Suzuki told Japanese baseball officials on Monday he has decided not to take part in next year's World Baseball Classic. "I appreciate being asked to play for Japan again at the WBC," Suzuki said. "But after the second tournament in 2009 I never considered playing in the third event. My feelings have not changed to this day, and it's where things stand."

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