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Shizuo Kambayashi, Associated Press
Seattle Mariners Manager Eric Wedge, center, speaks, with Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin, left, and Mariners special consultant Ken Griffey Jr., sitting beside him, at a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. The Mariners and Athletics will open next season in Japan with a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome on March 28 and 29.

TOKYO — Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin is looking forward to opening Major League Baseball's 2012 season in Japan even if his team doesn't re-sign free agent Hideki Matsui.

The Athletics and Seattle Mariners open the regular season with a two-game series at Tokyo Dome on March 28-29. Many hoped the series would feature a showdown between Matsui and countryman Ichiro Suzuki, but Melvin said the A's likely wont be re-signing the 37-year-old Matsui.

Melvin said "Matsui was a great fit for us last year and we all loved having him on our team, but this year it doesn't look like a fit for us based on the personnel we have going forward."