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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki closes in on 4,000 hits

Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki closes in on 4,000 hits

NEW YORK — New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is closing in on what Angels Manager Mike Scioscia calls an “incredible” achievement, a combined 4,000 hits in the U.S. and Japan. Suzuki, who is not in Tuesday night’s lineup against Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, has 2,716 hits in the major leagues and 1,278 in Japan’s Pacific League. He needs six hits to reach the 4,000 plateau, a figure achieved by only Pete Rose (4,256) and Ty Cobb (4,191). Suzuiki, 39, played his first 11 1/2 years in the U.S. in Seattle and had 206 hits or more in each of his first 10 seasons. A 10-time All-Star, he was the American League most valuable player and rookie of...

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