Alex Ramirez sets Japan baseball record for RBIs

TOKYO (AP) —Former major leaguer Alex Ramirez has set a Japan pro baseball record by reaching 100 RBIs for eight consecutive seasons.

Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the first inning at Tokyo Dome to move to 102 RBIs this season, surpassing the Japanese record of seven straight 100 RBI seasons set by Sadaharu Oh.

Ramirez hit his 41st homer of the season in the seventh inning for 104 RBIs as the Yomiuri Giants coasted to a 10-4 win over the Chunichi Dragons.

The 35-year-old from Venezuela is playing in his 10th season in Japan. He played for the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates before signing with the Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League in 2001.

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Updated Thursday, Aug 26, 2010