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Suzuki Gets 4,000th Hit Between MLB And Japan

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Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees acknowledges fans after his 4000th career hit on a single in the 1st inning of the New York Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on August 21, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees acknowledges fans after his 4000th career hit on a single in the 1st inning of the New York Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on August 21, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

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HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has singled for his 4,000th career hit between Japan and the major leagues.

The 39-year-old Suzuki slashed a line drive the opposite way to left field off Toronto’s R.A. Dickey in the first inning Wednesday night for the milestone hit.

He has 2,722 hits in a 13-year major league career and amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan’s Pacific League.

His Yankees teammates streamed out of the dugout and surrounded him at first base. A grinning Suzuki then faced the cheering fans and bowed.

Pete Rose with 4,256 hits and Ty Cobb with 4,191 are the only two players that have reached the number solely in the major leagues.

According to STATS, Suzuki has the most hits through the first 13 seasons of a big-league career. Paul Waner is second. He had 2,648 for Pittsburgh from 1926-1938.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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