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Run-in with Ichiro leaves teen 'starstruck'

Run-in with Ichiro leaves teen 'starstruck'

SEATTLE -- A teenage fan sitting in a seat near the right-field foul line at Safeco Field had an interesting "meeting" with Ichiro Suzuki in the first inning Thursday night.

The Mariners game against the Yankees was not even two batters old when Mark Teixeira hit a fly ball to right field. As the ball hooked toward the stands, Ichiro gave chase and reached into the first few row of seats trying to snag the ball.

He didn't make the catch, and his extended arm collided with 17-year-old Aris Skinner, who was standing up and holding her cell phone.

The local television station broadcasting the game zoomed in on the young girl, who obviously was thrilled with her meeting with Ichiro. She told a Japanese reporter that Ichiro had asked her if she was OK.

"It was awesome," she said. "I am literally starstruck."

Later in the game, the TV station had a baseball and Ichiro jersey delivered to her.

Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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