Ichiro Suzuki passes Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list

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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki broke a tie with Babe Ruth to take sole possession of 42nd place on baseball’s all-time hits list. Suzuki led off the second inning with a single against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, giving him 2,874 for his career.

Suzuki, 41, should jump up a few more places over the next two or three weeks. Mel Ott is next at 2,876 followed by Omar Vizquel (2,877), Frankie Frisch (2,880), and Zach Wheat (2,884). If Ichiro finishes the season with around 100 hits like he did last season, he could end up in 32nd place ahead of Frank Robinson (2,943).

Here’s the hit that moved Ichiro past the Babe:

Padres to recall Luis Urías

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The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.

Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.

Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.

Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.