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Ichiro Suzuki, playing his fourth season with the Seattle Mariners, connected for his 2,000th career hit in his third at-bat in a 5-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field on Friday night.

News photoSeattle’s Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges the Safeco Field crowd as he stands on first base
after singling in the fifth inning against Detroit on Friday for his 2,000th career hit. Ichiro had
three hits in the game, which the Tigers won 5-0.

In the fifth inning, Suzuki lined a first-pitch fastball from Nate Robertson to center in his 1,465th career game since joining the Orix BlueWave as a fourth-round draft pick in 1992. He left Japan in 2000 after producing 1,278 hits and winning seven Pacific League batting titles.

“I often think of the time my scout encouraged me to aim for 2,000 hits when I first joined the pros,” said Suzuki after acknowledging a standing ovation with a curtain call.

“But I also try not to think about the past too much. I’m going to put this day behind me once the clock strikes midnight. Now that I have 2,001 hits, my next goal is to get 2,002,” said Suzuki who went 3-for-5.

At 30 years and 212 days, Suzuki becomes the youngest Japanese player to reach the milestone, although his record includes major-league stats and will not be recognized as a national record.

Thirty players have reached the 2,000-hit plateau in Japanese baseball history.

Detroit’s Nate Robertson threw seven shutout innings, Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer and Eric Munson added a solo shot in the win.

Rangers 9, Yankees 7

In Arlington, Texas, Alex Rodriguez homered in his return to Texas, but the Rangers got a pair of two-run homers from Laynce Nix.

Athletics 7, Royals 0

In Oakland, Mark Mulder (5-2) carried a no-hitter into the seventh and pitched his third straight complete game, and Bobby Crosby homered twice for the Athletics.

White Sox 8, Twins 2

In Minneapolis, Mark Buehrle (4-1) pitched seven solid innings, and Timo Perez and Jose Valentin each hit two-run homers for Chicago.

Angels 5, Orioles 3

In Anaheim, Jose Guillen drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single off Darwin Cubillan during a four-run eighth and threw out a runner at the plate from left field.

Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 5

In Boston, Manny Ramirez’s solo homer broke an eighth-inning tie and Pokey Reese drove in three runs for the Red Sox.

Devil Rays 5, Indians 3

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Jose Cruz Jr. swung a hot bat, going 4-for-4 with a homer and three doubles as Tampa Bay beat Cleveland.

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