Ichiro Suzuki reaches 4,000

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.

— Associated Press


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New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees gets his 4,000th 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by manager Joe Girardiafter his 4,000th 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 celebrates with his team mates after his 4,000th 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Fans hold up a sign for Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees after his 4,000th 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees acknowledges fans after his 4,000th 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees acknowledges fans after his 4,000th 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: 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)

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees reacts to his teammates including Curtis Granderson #14 and first base coach Mick Kelleher #50 pouring onto the field after hitting a single, his 4,000 career hit, in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on August 121, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees gets his 4,000th 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)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees gets his 4,000th 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)

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees reacts to his teammates pouring onto the field after hitting a single, his 4,000 career hit in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on August 121, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees gets his 4,000th 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)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees pops out in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on August 15, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees runs out a ground ball against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on August 14, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Angels 11-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees warms up during batting practice before the start of a MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on August 14, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees flys out in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on August 12, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Angels 2-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees runs out a ground ball against the Detroit Tigers in a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Outfielders Curtis Granderson #14, Brett Gardner #11 and Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees stand during the National Anthem before the start of a game against the Detroit Tigers in a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on August 10, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 9-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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