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Ichiro Suzuki Ties Don Slaught for Longest Hitting Streak to Begin New York Yankees Career

August 5th, 2012 at 6:43 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

With a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh inning of New York's 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying Don Slaught for the longest hitting streak to start a career in pinstripes. 

'Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Though Ichiro has reached base safely in all 12 games of his Yankees career, he's batting just .261 since being traded to New York

This hitting streak is nothing new for the 38 year-old outfielder, as he has had seven hitting streaks of at least 20 games in his career and this 12 game streak is far from his career-high hitting streak of 27 games.

He also set Major League Baseball's all-time record for most consecutive seasons with 200 or more hits with 10 straight seasons spanning from his rookie season in 2001 until 2010, as well as the all-time record for most hits in a season with 262 hits in 2004. 

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