Ichiro joins exclusive club with 200th hit

Ichiro joins exclusive club with 200th hit

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki joined an exclusive hitter's club on Monday afternoon, reaching the 200-hit plateau for the seventh consecutive season.

The Mariners center fielder belted a leadoff home run off Roger Clemens in the third inning, his second hit of the game. Ichiro singled in the first inning.

Ichiro joins Hall of Famers Wee Willie Keeler (1894-1901) and Wade Boggs (1983-89) as the only players in Major League history to string together seven straight 200-hit seasons. Ichiro is the only player to accomplish the feat in his first seven Major League seasons.

"Two-hundred hits [are] always special, no matter what the situation," Ichiro said after the Mariners' 7-1 victory over the Yankees. "I did have the added satisfaction of getting [the milestone hit] in a win after nine consecutive losses, and getting it off Roger Clemens. But the 200th hit is always special."

Going into Monday's game, Ichiro was 2-for-20 in his career against Clemens. The home run was his sixth of the season and his first in 342 at-bats.

Ichiro's yearly hit totals since joining the Mariners prior to the 2001 season are as follows: 242 (2001); 208 ('02); 212 ('03); 262 ('04); 206 ('05) and 224 ('06).

Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.