16:41 8 June 2016
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, June 8, Kyodo
Ichiro Suzuki moved within 10 of Pete Rose’s major league hits total after going 2-for-5 in the Miami Marlins’ 11-inning, 6-4 loss against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
Suzuki singled in the first and in the 10th to reach 4,246 hits over his career in the United States and in Japan. He is 32 hits away from reaching 3,000 in the majors. Suzuki moved to the major leagues at the age of 27, having already won three MVP Awards and seven batting titles in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League.
Suzuki, who batted leadoff and played left, also stole a base, scored a run and drove in one. His 504th career stolen base in the majors tied him for 37th on the majors’ all-time list with Hall of Famer Paul Molitor — who coincidentally was managing in the opposite dugout. The Twins skipper had coached Suzuki in 2004 and the two spoke before the game.
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