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Ichiro Suzuki picks up two hits, leaving him four shy of 3,000

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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki rapped a pair of singles over five at-bats in Thursday night’s 9-3 victory over the Phillies. That gives him 2,996 for his career, leaving him four shy of the 3,000 milestone.

Here’s his second hit of the evening:

Suzuki will probably get to 3,000 over the weekend. Once he does, he’ll become the 30th player to reach the milestone and he will tie Roberto Clemente.

Suzuki also racked up 1,278 hits over parts of nine seasons in the Japan Pacific League from 1992-2000. Combined, his performance in both leagues gives him 4,274 hits, or 18 more hits than MLB all-time hits leader Pete Rose (4,256).

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.