It’s baseball's opening day, but the season's starting far away in the Far East. They’ll play ball before most Americans wake up. "You know we're coming to Japan for baseball. I think it's really special." Michael Saunders and the Mariners will play the Oakland A's in Tokyo. First pitch about 6:10 am Eastern Time Wednesday; 3 in the morning in Seattle and Oakland. A's Manager Bob Melvin: "It presents some challenges, but certainly we're playing a team that had to go through the same things that we do." They'll play in Tokyo again Thursday, a chance for Japanese fans to see their icon: Ichiro Suzuki, who plays for the Mariners. Baseball’s opening day here is April 4th, the Cardinals and Marlins in Miami's new stadium.