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Sep 18: Suzuki is not in the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays. It looks to be nothing more than a scheduled day off for the veteran, who has started the past three games. The Yankees will go with Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Chris Young as the starting outfield against Jays' starter R.A. Dickey.

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Sep 12: Suzuki is not in the lineup for the first game of the Yankees' doubleheader Friday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports. Antoan Richardson will handle right field responsibilities for minimally the first game of this doubleheader. Ichiro is now 40 and the outfielder is often in need of rest, so it's not a surprise that he would sit at at least one game of twin bill.

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Aug 3: Suzuki is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports. Suzuki will likely lose playing time with the addition of Martin Prado to the Yankees' outfield. He's out of Sunday's game and will likely continue in a platoon in right field for the remainder of the season.

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Jul 30: Suzuki is out of the lineup Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports. Zoilo Almonte will make the start in right field, giving Suzuki his second day off in a row. He has just two hits in his last eight games, and while it's doubtful he loses his spot on the depth chart, he could receive some more days off until he snaps out of this funk.

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Jul 27: Suzuki is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. Suzuki has started four straight games for the Yankees, but will give way to Zelous Wheeler with left-hander J.A. Happ on the mound for the Jays. Suzuki is batting just .236 in July, but should continue to see the majority of starts in right field.

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Jul 25: Suzuki was 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in the Yankees' win over Toronto on Friday night. Injuries have recently provided him with more regular playing time, but this was his first home run of the season, and he has just 14 RBI to go with a .279 average. In the twilight of his truly amazing career, he can still provide excitement, but not at the same level or frequency he did in his prime.

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Jul 10: Suzuki is out of the lineup Thursday against the Indians, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. Suzuki had started each of the previous eight games for the Yankees, registering 11 hits in 33 at-bats. He's fairly secure in his role as the Yankees' regular right fielder, but his non-existent power and declining speed (six steals in eight attempts) make him just a batting average category play at this stage of his career.

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Jun 18: Suzuki is out of the Yankees' lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports. After starting six of the last seven games, Suzuki will take a seat, yielding right field to Alfonso Soriano. During the aforementioned run, Suzuki hit just .261 (6-for-23) with one RBI and two runs scored.

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Jun 13: Suzuki went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI facing the Athletics on Friday. He isn't the same player he used to be, but what do you expect from a 40-year old outfielder? Ichiro is managing to get on base at a .370 clip, which is excellent compared to the rest of the league, while hitting .319 on the season. Suzuki continues to offer owners solid value assuming he's not expected to go every day.

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Jun 6: Suzuki will be in line for more playing time, according to ESPN. With Alfonso Soriano struggling mighty versus right handed pitching, Suzuki will be a part of a platoon for now. The odd thing about the platoon is that Suzuki is actually hitting higher this season versus lefties than he is versus righties (.375 to .286) but either number is immensely better than what Soriano is doing (.195).

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May 18: Suzuki (back) is in the lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Pirates. After nursing knee and back injuries over the last few days, Suzuki will receive clearance to return to the lineup after enduring no setbacks following a stint as a defensive replacement Saturday. Suzuki could be in line for close to everyday duty over the next few weeks with Carlos Beltran's recent move to the DL.

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May 18: Suzuki (back) is not in the lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Pirates, ESPN New York reports. Because Suzuki was able to draw back in as a defensive replacement Saturday, he seems likely to avoid the disabled list, but won't see hitting duties just yet. He could still return to the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader, and should remain a mainstay for a while with Carlos Beltran now on the disabled list.

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May 17: Suzuki (back) came in as a defensive replacement during the game Saturday. This is good news for the Yankees because with Carlos Beltran on the disabled list one would think Suzuki would be in line to get a few more starts in the outfield, especially when the team is facing a right-hander.

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May 15: Suzuki (back) was available off the bench Thursday, though he never entered the game, the Yankees' official website reports. Suzuki seems to be nearing a full return, and with Carlos Beltran (elbow) recently placed on the disabled list, Suzuki should see some added work in the outfield once he's ready.

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May 14: Suzuki (back) could possibly be available off the bench Wednesday, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. Suzuki was able to run, hit, and work out Tuesday and Wednesday and may be able to take batting practice. He's not in the starting lineup but could be available off the bench in the later innings.

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May 13: Suzuki (back) does not expect to be available off the bench Tuesday night, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports. Alfonso Soriano is playing right field Tuesday, as the Yankees are a bit more thin than usual with Carlos Beltran (elbow) recovering from a cortisone shot. Suzuki is day-to-day for now.

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May 12: Suzuki, who was reported to be dealing with knee and back injuries, said that his knee is fine and he expects to avoid the disabled list, Newsday's Erik Boland reports. Suzuki's back is apparently the only issue, but there's a chance the Yankees' need for a roster spot will override the veteran outfielder's optimism. With Carlos Beltran suffering a hyperextended elbow Monday, New York may need to recall an outfielder, which would likely mean placing either Suzuki or Beltran on the disabled list.

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May 12: Suzuki is day-to-day due to knee and back injuries, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Suzuki got banged up while diving after a ball Sunday, and he wasn't available for Monday's game. With Carlos Beltran suffering a hyperextended elbow Monday might, the Yankees may need to make a roster move. While it doesn't sound like Suzuki's injury is serious, the Yankees are probably more inclined to wait on Beltran than the Japanese outfielder.

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Apr 3: Suzuki is in the lineup Thursday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. Suzuki is part of a crowded Yankee outfield, so his opportunities for playing time will likely be few and far between this season. With Jacoby Ellsbury receiving a routine day of rest on Thursday, Suzuki will step in and play right field, batting eighth in the order.

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