Game 126: 4,000?

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Ichiro Suzuki is just 1 hit away from 4,000. There’s definitely a media circus surrounding him, and the announcers haven’t shied away from bringing up the milestone, but is it really 4,000 hits? How many of his 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave can you count? There’s no doubt that it’s difficult to hit in Japan, but this isn’t the same as Pete Rose‘s 4,256, and it’s not even the same as Derek Jeter‘s 3,000. While it’s incredibly impressive to have such a successful career between both Japan and the MLB, one that we may not see happen again, there’s just a little too much hype for me to see this other than a marketing gimmick.

Regardless, Ichiro will probably get to 4,000 hits tonight, especially since he is batting second behind Brett Gardner. He’ll have to face R.A. Dickey to get it, but the knuckleballer has been far from what we saw in Queens over the last three years.

Brett Gardner DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Austin Romine C

On the mound for the Yankees is Adam Warren. It’ll be interesting to see how he fairs in just his second major league start. His first was a dud, but he has a lot more experience since then. Warren could end up in consideration for the rotation next season, so tonight has some bigger implications than just a spot start.

The game starts at 7:05 PM and you can catch it on YES.