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Ichiro now has more hits than any foreign-born player in major league history


Ichiro broke a record yesterday that I doubt many of us have ever really thought of. At least I haven’t. The record: most hits by a player born outside of the United States.

Ichiro went 2-for-3 against the Cardinals yesterday and now has 3,054 in his major league career. The first hit tied him with Rod Carew, who was born in Panama, and the second one put him past the Hall of Famer.

Ichiro had 1,278 hits in Japan as well, making him baseball’s unofficial Hit King.

Video: Athletics tie home run record on the road

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The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.

Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.

The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.