Eddie Murray became just the second switch-hitter and only the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled in the sixth inning Friday night.
Murray and Pete Rose, the career hit leader with 4,256, are the only switch-hitters to reach 3,000. He made it to the mark by grounding a single through the right side for the Cleveland Indians off Minnesota's Mike Trombley.
"It feels good to get it out of the way," Murray said after the game. "Now the joking's over.
"I hope things get back to normal. It'll be a lot better once I'm done playing. I never set 3,000 as a goal. I know there were people out there happier than I was. It's not what I was focused on."
Murray, who got his 2,999th hit Thursday night but went hitless in his last four at-bats of the game, drew a walk from Trombley in the second inning and flied out in the fourth. Murray finished 1-for-3 in a 4-1 win.
While the crowd stood and cheered, a series of Murray's career highlights played on the Metrodome scoreboard. Murray, 39, who rarely shows emotion on the field, smiled as he raised both hands over his head twice to acknowledge the ovation.
"It was a fastball down. I know I had missed enough changeups," he said.