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The Seattle Mariners (1-0) and Oakland Athletics (0-1) will close out the Gloops Japan Opening Series 2012 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:10 a.m. EDT.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Athletics as slight -110 favorites, while the total is 8.5 across the board.

Seattle opened the series with a 3-1 extra-innings victory on Wednesday, as star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki put on a show for his native country in racking up four hits.

The Mariners will play 19 total games against one of their American League West rivals this year, as they've won seven of their last eight season openers.

Jason Vargas hopes to move past a disappointing spring training that saw him post an 0-1 record and 12.46 ERA in three Cactus League starts.

The Mariners left-hander registered a 10-13 mark and 4.25 ERA in 32 starts a year ago, as he is set to begin his eighth year in the big leagues.

He will also look for improved numbers against the Athlet...

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