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Update: Ichiro Suzuki passes Rafael Palmeiro for 26th on the all-time hits list


Update (8:43 PM EDT): Ichiro singled to left field to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. The hit moves him past Palmeiro for sole possession of 26th on baseball’s all-time hits list.


Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki tripled and shortly thereafter scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies. With the triple, Suzuki logged his 3,020th career major league hit, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro for 26th on baseball’s all-time hits list.

Lou Brock is Ichiro’s next target at 3,023 hits. Barring a torrid finish to the season, he’ll have to wait for next year to surpass Rod Carew at 3,053 hits.

Suzuki, who has handled right field regularly since Giancarlo Stanton suffered a groin injury, came into Wednesday’s action batting .295/.363/.375 in 320 plate appearances. He’s hitting well enough that it’s easy to see the Marlins picking up his $2 million option for the 2017 season, when he’ll be 43 years old.

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.