News & Notes: Ichiro passes Harimoto to become Japan's hit king

A few quick items to peruse while I come down from the highest of highs ...

• It didn't make much of a ripple here in the U.S., but Ichiro's passing of Japanese hits leader Isao Harimoto was big news on the other side of the world. Ichiro now has 3,086 career hits, one more than the 68-year-old Harimoto, who flew to Seattle to witness the event in person on Thursday night. Harimoto remains, however, the only player to ever accumulate the 3K total all in Japan. [Seattle Times]

Day Baseball! Indians at Yankees, 1:05 ET And a Joba shall lead them. Chamberlain gets the nod in today's matinee in hopes the Yanks can get in the win column in their new stadium. Have you tried the popcorn?

Day Baseball! Cardinals at Cubs 2:20 The Cards get rookie P.J. Walters making his first career start in front of the Wrigley Field crowd. Carlos Zambrano goes for Chicago.

• Over 200 people — including 11 members of the Angels — remembered the life of Nick Adenhart at a service in Maryland on Thursday. [LA Times]

• Season-changing news for the Royals, who just revealed that third baseman Alex Gordon is headed to the DL and in need of hip surgery. [KC Star]

Roy Halladay is 3-0 and the 8-3 Jays are in first place. If only those Leafs had made the playoffs, life would be very, very good in Toronto. [Bluebird Banter]

• Do you like watching videos of people complaining like the world owes them something? Then this clip of Yankee fans protesting over a free giveaway by Pepsi is for you. [Y! Sports]

• "Hank Steinbrenner" has joined Facebook. [Blast Magazine via CF]

Heath Bell brought his hatred for his former Mets to Citi Field and left with two saves out of three. But just where does his obsession with his ex-team rank? [Metstradamus]

• I can't decide what's better about this hair product commercial starring Pete Rose: His 1987 haircut or his 1987 wife. [NESW Sports]

• Vote minor league pitcher Sam LeCure for the 2009 Reds fan's choice bobble. [OMGReds]

• It's hard, but someone has to do it: Steve tells us why he's a Nats fan. [Fire Jim Bowden]

Close encounters Super Stewie Brian Haley of the U.S. Coast Guard sends along this photo he took with Kevin Youkilis during an exhibition against the Red Sox this spring. Haley is a member of the U.S. Military All-Stars, a squad that travels the world spreading the goodwill of baseball includes players from all branches of the service. Excellent work, Mr. Haley and all of us at Big League Stew thank you for your commitment.

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