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Suzuki's hitting streak hits a record

ICHIRO Suzuki set a Seattle Mariners record by hitting safely in his 26th consecutive game on Tuesday, and then regretted his dog was not there to witness it.

The eight-time All-Star chopped the third pitch of the game from Baltimore Orioles rookie David Hernandez to the right of shortstop Cesar Izturis and beat the throw to first.

The crowd in Seattle gave him a standing ovation as his record was announced. The 35-year-old was stoic while standing on first base.

"I got this far, so I wanted to achieve it," he said through an interpreter after Seattle beat Baltimore 8-2. "I also wished I would have asked my wife Yumiko and my dog to come to the game.

"Then again, if I didn't invite them, that probably shows you how much the record meant to me."

He then whipped out a fan with his dog Ikkyu's likeness on both sides.

This is his seventh hitting streak of at least 20 games since arriving in Seattle for the 2001 season. That ties him with George Sisler for the fourth most 20-plus game hitting streaks. Willie Keeler, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose had eight.

Asked what he thought of still being less than halfway to Joe DiMaggio's major league record hitting streak of 56 consecutive games, Suzuki said, "It's true when they say it's the hardest record to break."

His hit was his major league-leading 23rd infield single, and 15th in his past 24 games. He leads the major leagues by far in that category.

He is batting .400 (46 for 115) during the streak, and he has reached base in 33 consecutive games. That, too, is the longest such streak in the American League this season.


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