Larry is having technical issues up in Ontario. Here's a brief story on what happened there today:
TORONTO – Ichiro reached 200 hits for the 10th consecutive season today, tying Pete Rose’s major-league record for most 200-hit seasons with a fifth-inning single to center field against the Toronto Blue Jays.
But the Mariners dropped a 1-0 decision to the Blue Jays, the lone run coming on Jose Bautista's 50th home run, off Felix Hernandez in the first inning.
Hernandez gave up only one other hit in a complete game that saw his ERA drop to 2.31 – and his record to 12-12.
Ichiro got hit No. 199 in the third inning, a double. Both hits came against Toronto starter and winner Shawn Hill, who allowed four hits and fanned seven over five innings. Four Blue Jays relievers pitched an inning apiece, with Kevin Gregg earning his 35th save.
Bautista is the 26th player in baseball history to reach the 50-home run mark in a season, and the first since Prince Fielder (50) and Alex Rodriguez (54) did it in 2007.