Ichiro Suzuki slapped a ball into shallow right field Saturday evening at Busch Stadium for the 4,192nd hit of his professional career — 1,278 in Japan and 2,914 in Major League Baseball …
4,192 hits is one more than Ty Cobb produced in his major league career, and it puts Ichiro within striking distance of MLB’s all-time hits king, Pete Rose, who tallied 4,256 hits during his 24-year career. This is all unofficial, of course, and probably a little silly. Nobody is counting the 427 hits Rose had as a minor leaguer.
Chase Utley took Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson deep to right field on Saturday night for what very well might be the veteran second baseman’s final home run as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies …
Phillies skipper Pete Mackanin has already said that Utley will not play in Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers and rumors are swirling that a trade is close. In fact, the Angels thought they had a deal in place for Utley on Friday. The 36-year-old is also drawing interest from the Giants, Cubs, Yankees, and Astros.
It was yet another victorious slate of games for the cream of the crop in the National League Central.
The division-leading Cardinals cruised to an easy 6-2 win over the visiting Marlins, with Mark Reynolds slugging a three-run home run and John Lackey pitching into the eighth inning. The second-place Pirates came out on top 5-3 in a 14-inning affair with the Mets, the go-ahead RBI coming from the bat of backup catcher Chris Stewart. And the third-place Cubs took care of the crosstown White Sox by a score of 6-3 for their ninth straight win. That’s the longest current winning streak in the major leagues and it has given the Northsiders a big 4 1/2 game cushion for the second National League Wild Card spot.
All three of those NL Central clubs are currently locked into postseason spots.
And they will all be looking to complete series sweeps on Sunday.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1
Mariners 10, Red Sox 22
Athletics 3, Orioles 4
Cubs 6, White Sox 3
Angels 4, Royals 9
Phillies 2, Brewers 4
Indians 1, Twins 4
Diamondbacks 8, Braves 4
Tigers 4, Astros 2 (11 innings)
Marlins 2, Cardinals 6
Pirates 5, Mets 3 (14 innings)
Rays 4, Rangers 12
Padres 7, Rockies 5
Reds 3, Dodgers 8
Nationals 6, Giants 12