Ichiro Suzuki sits on Mariners bench wearing a fake mustache

Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

Wait a second — it was Ichiro!

Now a team executive, Ichiro Suzuki donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.

Exactly as he hinted, in fact.

He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,” Valentine texted to The Associated Press.

During the game I will be doing the same preparations I’ve been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player, Suzuki said at the time. But I can’t say for certain that maybe I won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.

In 1999, the excitable Valentine was ejected from a game he was managing for the New York Mets. He was tossed in the 12th inning, but soon put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and returned to the dugout in disguise.

Valentine was later suspended for two games and fined $5,000.

A’s outfielder Matt Joyce could remain in the lineup one day after he was activated from the 10-day disabled list with a lumbar strain. He hit .196 with seven home runs and 13 RBI before the injury, and he went 0-for-2 in his return Friday night.

Obviously, he’s been a big part of our lineup, A’s manager Bob Melvin said to mlb.com. Maybe not the year he envisioned up to this point, but we feel like he’s swung the bat a lot better than his numbers would suggest. He had a couple of hits the last couple of games, and he’s healthy again.

The White Sox are 13-25 at home. The A’s are 19-17 on the road.

Herrera hit a tiebreaking two-run shot in the third inning for his 13th homer of the season, matching the club record for consecutive games with a long ball. He has connected in six of his last seven overall.

The Phillies (40-33) pounded out 15 hits and jumped ahead of the Nationals (40-34) for second place in the National League East behind the Atlanta Braves.

To me, today was the first game where we really got blown out. That was a blowout right there, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said after Washington lost for the eighth time in 11 games, including the completion of a suspended game.

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