Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Speaker 1: Well it's another great day here in Tokyo Japan where last night fans in this baseball crazed city got to celebrate their favorite son. Speaker 2: As each year old took center stage in the 2019 regular season opener as the sun sets on his great career it rises tonight on the latest Japanese phenomena. Speaker 1: You say Kikuchi makes his major league debut in front of what will be another very enthusiastic Tokyo crowd. It's Game 2 of the Mariners and the A's from Japan. And welcome to Major League Baseball's Japan opening series on ESPN our telecast is presented by Edward Jones. KUHN Bonsoir Yoko So Tokyo a few more days I'm going to be speaking a lot more words. Welcome to Tokyo. And good evening to you it's Game 2 of this Japan series as we open the season with the Mariners and the athletics Dave Fleming Eduardo Perez happy to have you with us here again tonight from the Tokyo Dome where last night we saw quite a scene did we with each euro celebrated by these people who just love him so much we don't know if tonight is gonna be the last game that he plays but I think the fans here are going to treat it that way yes they are they are going to treat it that way and the fan in me that has seen each euro as an opponent as a competitor and also as a teammate I also believe this could be it for him but I'll tell you why it's because of the way he goes about his business before the game today he could see that there's some emotion. Speaker 2: Let's see how that carries over. Speaker 1: All right. We will see. Meanwhile I don't know if it's a passing of the torch or not but you say good coochie a great pitcher from Japan is gonna make his major league debut tonight on the mound for the Mariners What do you expect to see. Speaker 2: Body control. It's amazing to see a lot of these Japanese pitchers when they go to the United States. How are they going to prepare. How they're going to be ready. This is one guy that has great balance on the mound but most importantly he's also has to control his emotions because we're in his home country Japan. We'll see how he does a little bit later. Speaker 1: Yeah maybe not as big of a deal as each role playing here but it's a huge deal in this country and it won't be easy for Kikuchi. He's facing a very powerful lineup the A's who were third in the big leagues and home runs last year and they hit three on opening night last night. Speaker 2: They do and that's one thing they do they can hit the long ball you get runners on base that's one thing that they look for and it's from line to line. That's the most impressive part about it watching Chapman yesterday was impressive Davis. These guys understand how to understand how to elevate the baseball. Let's see if they'll understand Kikuchi cutter. Speaker 1: So he's been a terrific way to start this season and we've got game 2 of the MLB season here from Tokyo. Coming up next. A gorgeous scene high up above the Tokyo Dome here in the world's biggest city and one of the world's great cities we get ready for Game 2 of the MLB season. The Japan series here from Tokyo. Speaker 2: And as the A's take the field the Mariners coming up they are the road team for both of these games. Here is what their lineup looks like. Eduardo they scored nine runs last night on opening night so why not keep it mostly the same. Speaker 1: Absolutely. Gordon's been getting on base. We saw it yesterday. Speaker 2: Edwin Encarnacion gets it going early on in the season. This is a guy that can carry a team. Speaker 1: With his bat and they will face Marco Estrada who has been around for a long time. Twelve major league seasons or at least parts of them making his Oakland debut here tonight. And Estrada's first pitch up the season 2 D Gordon. Missed tie with our home plate umpire Bill Wilkie behind the plate tonight. Speaker 2: There was a strike from Estrada who was signed by Oakland in the offseason Eduardo the A's. We know they had lots of questions about their starting rotation. Speaker 1: And he is slotted in as the number two at least as of now. Coming off what was probably his worst major league season last year with the Blue Jays. That is again one thing that he has spells. If this guy is healthy. Speaker 2: He is able. He is going to be able to help the athletics early on in spring training got her with his back. Speaker 1: It's really slowed down the development he hasn't pitched in the last two weeks. So there is a major question about how long he can go how effective he can be D. Gordon went after that high pitch from Estrada and hit a foul ball out of play and the key to success is going to be. This change. Everybody talks about it. It's a pitch that he'll throw any count he'll elevate the fastball especially late in counts when he's ahead. Andy Gordon who had a big impact for the Mariners in last night's game. Almost like he was showing a bunt even with two strikes. The count is now 2 and 2.