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9/19/2010: Ichiro records 3,500th NPB + MLB career hit

by on Sep.19, 2010 @ 1:02 pm, under MLB

Games from the 18th:

Rangers 6 - Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: infield single, foul out to left, fly out to left, infield single.

Ichiro recorded his 3,500th career NPB + MLB hit in the first inning on an infield single.  That's 1278 hits over 9 years in the NPB and 2,222 hits in the MLB.

Count down to 200: 14 games remaining, 7 more hits needed.

Twins 4 - Athletics 2
Akinori Iwamura started at third and batted seventh.  He went 1-for-2: strikeout swinging, walk, RBI double to right-center.

Blue Jays 4 - Red Sox 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th, with the Red Sox down 4-3, and tossed two shutout innings in relief.  Final line: 2 IP, 6 BF, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

This was Okajima's fourth straight season of 50 or more appearances in a season.

Cubs 5 - Marlins 3
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th, with the Cubs up 4-3 and runners on first and second and 1 out, and flew out to short.  He did not take the field in the bottom of the inning.

Braves 4 - Mets 2
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 9th, with the Mets down 4-2 and a runner on second and 1 out, and retired the two batters he faced.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 2 BF, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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Takashi Saito is scheduled to get an MRI on his right shoulder on the 20th and will be returning to Atlanta on the 19th.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed 70 pitches in the bullpen on the 17th in preparation for his next start on the 20th against the Orioles.