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Originally published August 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM | Page modified August 21, 2013 at 8:42 PM

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Ichiro gets 4,000th hit of career

Former Mariner singles in first for Yankees to hit milestone with 2,722 hits in majors plus 1,278 in Japan.

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Ichiro singled for his 4,000th career hit between Japan and the major leagues.

The 39-year-old Ichiro slashed a line drive the opposite way to left field off Toronto’s R.A. Dickey in the first inning Wednesday night for the milestone hit in the New York Yankees’ 4-2 victory.

The longtime Mariner has 2,722 hits in a 13-year major-league career and had 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan’s Pacific League.

Pete Rose with 4,256 hits and Ty Cobb with 4,191 are the only players that have reached the number solely in the major leagues.

The Yankees poured out of the dugout to embrace him near first base, halting the game for several moments. In a show of appreciation, Ichiro bowed to the crowd.

“It’s supposed to be a number that was just special to me, but what happened tonight I wasn’t expecting,” Ichiro said. “I wasn’t expecting so much joy and happiness from them.”

Notes

• Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward got struck in the right jaw by a Jonathon Niese fastball in the sixth inning, giving the Braves another horrific-looking injury at the Mets’ Citi Field.

X-rays revealed that Heyward’s jaw is fractured in two places, and he’s expected to miss four to six weeks. Heyward will have surgery Thursday in Atlanta.

Heyward went down in a heap during a frightening scene in the sixth. With blood in his mouth, he was examined by Mets doctors and taken to a hospital for X-rays.

Alex Rodriguez said he’s cutting off all non-baseball talk after a wild weekend of accusations and retaliations on and off the field. “I think we’re beyond that now. I’ve shut everything down,” Rodriguez said. “I want everything to be 100 percent on baseball, and that’s what I want my guys to focus on.”

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