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Ichiro leads nine Mariners on All-Star ballot

Ichiro leads nine Mariners on All-Star ballot

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Ichiro leads nine Mariners on All-Star ballot
SEATTLE -- Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki headlines a list of nine Mariners players on the 2012 American League All-Star ballot that was released on Thursday.

Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star, missed out on the All-Star Game for the first time last year.

This year's All-Star Game will be in Kansas City on July 10.

Rookie Jesus Montero is on the ballot for the first time at designated hitter, while second-year players Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager debut at second and third base, respectively.

"That's unbelievable," Seager said. "I definitely did that stuff growing up. You watch your favorite players and everything and always vote for them. That's an extreme honor to even be mentioned. It's an honor just to be in the league. To be on that is an absolute honor."

Also on the AL ballot are catcher Miguel Olivo, first baseman Justin Smoak, shortstop Brendan Ryan and outfielders Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez.

Online balloting opens Friday on MLB.com and voting in Safeco Field will begin Sunday.

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