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Suzuki can earn his pinstripes against the Red Sox

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Ichiro Suzuki will make his home debut with the Yankees on Friday night, donning the famed pinstripes against the Red Sox in his first taste of the historic rivalry.

"I know that there's a lot of tradition involved in that game," Suzuki said through a translator. "Just a few days ago, I wouldn't even think about being in that situation, that I would be wearing this uniform, playing against the Red Sox. So I don't really know what to expect."

Suzuki and the Yankees were off Thursday, giving him a chance to catch his breath after the emotional three-day series in Seattle that began hours after he was traded to New York on Monday.

Suzuki went 3-for-12 (.250) in the series, collecting one hit in each game against his former club.

"I think once all the attention is gone, then maybe I can settle in and relax a little bit," Suzuki said.

Suzuki probably will be in right field again Friday against Boston, but he'll move to left field once Nick Swisher is healthy enough to play.

Suzuki has played only one game in left field in the majors, starting there in Game 5 of the 2001 ALCS against the Yankees.

"There will be a lot of adjustments I'll have to make, obviously, going from right to left," Suzuki said. "That's something that you can't do during practice. It's going to have to be actually in the games, really just getting used to playing at that position."
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