SAN DIEGO — Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first and doubled in the ninth Wednesday to raise his hits total in the Japanese and North American major leagues to 4,257, passing Pete Rose's record Major League Baseball total during the Marlins' loss to the Padres.
Ichiro, 42, had 1,278 hits for Orix in Japan's Pacific League (1992-00) and 2,979 with the Mariners, Yankees and Marlins. His achievement will not be recognized as an MLB record. He indicated last week he considers becoming the 30th to reach 3,000 hits in the majors a more important accomplishment.
Rose has taken exception to the comparison, pointing out he had 427 hits in the minors. "I'm not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he's had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they'll be counting his high school hits," Rose, 75, said this week.
"Obviously, I've heard of Pete Rose's comments, and he wasn't happy about what they are saying about this record," Ichiro said. "To be honest, this wasn't something that I was making out as a goal. For me, it's not about the record. It's about my teammates and the fans."
In other Marlins news, RHP Jose Fernandez, a former Alonso High standout, will skip Friday's scheduled start in a predetermined move to manage his innings.
ROCKIES CUT REYES: Rather than activate SS Jose Reyes after his 59-day MLB domestic violence suspension, the Rockies cut the four-time All-Star, 33, and likely will be responsible for the $34 million left on his contract.
ROYALS: INF Omar Infante, who signed a $30.25 million, four-year deal before the 2014 season, was designated for assignment. He is owed the rest of this season's $7.75 million, $8 million next season and a $2 million buyout for 2018.