September 24, 2010 07:23
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has become the first Major League Baseball player to get 200 hits in 10 consecutive seasons, extending his own record.
The 36-year-old Ichiro hit a fifth-inning single to center Thursday off Toronto Blue Jays starter Shawn Hill to reach the milestone. The Blue Jays went on to win the game, 1-0.
The Japanese native received a 30-second long standing ovation from the Mariners' dugout and the fans at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Retired legend Pete Rose -- the majors' all-time hits leader -- is the only other player with ten 200-hit seasons, but he did not have them consecutively. His final 200-hit season was in 1979.
Another landmark was also reached in the Seattle-Toronto Game. The only run of the game came on a first-inning home run by Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. It was his 50th home run of the season.
Bautista leads the majors in home runs and is the first player to reach the 50 mark since Alex Rodriguez hit 54 for the New York Yankees and Prince Fielder hit 50 for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007.
Some information in this story was provided by AP.
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