Beltre tops Ichiro for most hits by foreign-born player

Reuters

Adrian Beltre is baseball's new foreign-born hit king.

With a fourth-inning double Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, the Texas Rangers third baseman collected his 3,090th career hit, passing the total of Ichiro Suzuki.

Beltre finished the night 3-for-4, to leave him at 3,092 hits. He now holds sole possession of 22nd on the all-time hit list. To crack the top 20, he would need to pass Dave Winfield (3,110) and Alex Rodriguez (3,115).

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Beltre, a 39-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, reached the milestone against his first major league club, the Los Angeles Dodgers. After his double against Kenta Maeda, he scored during a two-run Texas rally that tied the game 2-2.

A four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, Beltre spent seven years with the Dodgers before playing five years with the Seattle Mariners and one year with the Boston Red Sox. He is in his eighth season with the Rangers.

Beltre leads all active players in hits, games played (2,853) and at-bats (10,771).

Suzuki, a 44-year-old native of Japan, came off the Mariners' active roster on May 3 and took a front-office job with the club. However, he did not say he was retiring, leaving open the possibility of a comeback.

--Field Level Media

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