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With the hit he also becomes only the fourth player in MLB History to hit 600 or more home runs and reach the 3,000 hit plateau.

An 18-year veteran, Pujols is also looking to become the fourth player in Major League Baseball history with at least 600 career home runs, 3,000 hits and 2,000 RBI.

Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999. Manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani's bullpen session on Friday went well and as long as there aren't any issues he's expected to start the series finale in Seattle.

"More than the actual 3,000th hit, I remember the week prior", Suzuki said through a translator before Friday's game.

As for Pujols just sit back, relax, and enjoy history in the making as Albert Pujols tries to ascend up the all-time hit list. I just had pinch-hitting opportunities. "I was able to start on the last day of the road trip and getting it then".

Pujols became the second Dominican to reach the mark after Beltre. He showed what they missed out on with two hits, including a two-out RBI double after Pujols' 3,000th hit, giving the Angels a 3-0 lead.

And it may be a while before another player joins the club.

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Going even further, Pujols is only the fourth member of the 3,000-600 club, joining Aaron, Mays and Rodriguez as players with 3,000 hits to also reach 600 homers. He is seventh on baseball's career homers list after hitting his 600th last season.

Pujols earned that in the top of the fifth inning against Mariners starter Mike Leake.

The three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star spent his first 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the club he broke into the majors with at 21 years old and earned National League rookie of the year.

Next up for Pujols Is Al Kaline (3,007 hits), followed by Wade Boggs at (3,010 hits), Cap Anson at (3,011 hits), Rafael Palmeiro (3,020 hits) and Lou Brock (3,023) all could be passed by the end of May or early June.

While he has slowed on the basepaths during the Anaheim chapter of his career, this season also has been rejuvenating for Pujols, who is playing first base regularly after several years primarily serving as a designated hitter.

Ichiro Suzuki earned his 3,000th major league hit on August 7, 2016, with a triple when he was playing for the Miami Marlins. Two-way Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani's arrival as the Angels' primary DH has put Pujols in the field, where he remains a capable defender.


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