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Ichiro is the all-time interleague hit king

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Ichiro Suzuki pinch hit in the fifth inning of this afternoon’s A’s-Marlins game. As he so often has in his career, he reached on an infield single. This one to the pitcher.

But this wasn’t just one of his ordinary infield singles. It was a record-breaker. It marked his 365th career hit in an interleague game. That surpasses Derek Jeter on the all-time list:

In other news, it was about a year ago that Ichiro passed Pete Rose in total number of hits, if you combine Ichiro’s Japan and U.S. stats. Merely mentioning that fact angered a lot of Pete Rose supporters — and Pete Rose himself —
as they felt that noting it somehow detracted from Rose’s greatness or something. Which is silly.

Whatever the case: Ichiro now has a whopping 365 more interleague hits than Rose ever had, which is so, so telling.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.