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09/27/08 3:17 AM ET
Ichiro ties Iron Horse for record
Outfielder has 100 runs, 200 hits for eighth time in his career
By Jim Street / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki scored his 100th run of the season on Friday night which, coupled with his eighth 200-hit season, tied a Major League record that has been held by Lou Gehrig since 1937. It is the eighth time in his eight seasons with Seattle that Ichiro reached the 100-run and 200-hit level, matching the MLB record Gehrig took 11 years to accomplish. The Iron Horse scored at least 100 runs and had at least 200 hits for the Yankees in 1927-28, 1930-32, 1934 and 1936-37. Ichiro's milestone dash from second base occurred in the third inning of the Mariners' series opener against the Athletics. He singled to drive in a run, went to second on a single by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and scored on Raul Ibanez's single into right-center. "The things I must do as the leadoff hitter is get on base and score runs," Ichiro said after the Mariners' 10-8 victory over the Athletics. "So 200 [hits] and 100 [runs] are good numbers. "Unless you hit a lot of home runs, scoring runs is something you can't do on your own. I am thankful to my teammates, and especially thankful to Raul. He is a big part of this record." Ibanez leads the team in RBIs this season with 109 and was honored before the game as the Mariners' Most Valuable Player this season by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Right-hander Felix Hernandez was selected as the Most Valuable Pitcher and reliever Roy Corcoran was selected by the coaching staff as the Unsung Hero Award winner.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.