Marlins’ Suzuki less than 100 hits away from 3K

Miami Marlins left fielder Ichiro Suzuki's RBI double down the left-field line in the second inning put him closer to the milestone.

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MIAMI — Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki moved within 99 hits of the 3,000 milestone on Wednesday night.

Suzuki’s RBI double down the left-field line in the second inning off Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister put him closer to the milestone. It also gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer connected on an 86 mph fastball.

Suzuki added a two-out single to center off Fister in the fourth.

It helped him become the 38th player to reach 2,900 major-league hits. He is also 38th on the all-time hits list, 27 away from Al Simmons. In nine seasons playing professionally in Japan, he compiled 1,278, giving him 4,178 total between the two leagues.

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Over 15 big-league seasons entering Wednesday, Suzuki has a .315 average, 336 doubles, 88 triples, 113 home runs and 731 RBI as a member of the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Marlins.

"Certainly great to see Ichiro collect his 2,900th hit," manager Dan Jennings said. "That’s just a tribute to such an outstanding Hall of Fame player that he is. It was good to see him get the RBI double."

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