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Ichiro Suzuki closes in on major-league hit milestone against Tigers

Miami Marlins center fielder Ichiro Suzuki hits an RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wed., June 29, 2016 in Detroit.
Miami Marlins center fielder Ichiro Suzuki hits an RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wed., June 29, 2016 in Detroit. AP

With two singles in Wednesday afternoon’s 10-3 loss to the Tigers, Ichiro Suzuki increased his major-league hit total to 2,988 — just 12 short of 3,000.

As the milestone nears, Ichiro said — through interpreter Allen Turner — that he doesn’t treat any hit differently than the next.

“If the media didn’t come and ask, I wouldn’t know,” Ichiro said. “Every day is just the same.

“I think everybody can see what I’ve been doing throughout my whole career. That hasn’t changed because [of] one game or something special coming up. It’s always going to be the same.”

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Ichiro, 42, who first came to the majors in 2001 with the Mariners, said the milestone wasn’t something he specifically thought about at the time, though his professional career, which has spanned 24 years and two countries, has come with some personal growth, too.

“I’ve come to the point where I’m able to answer questions, questions like you’re asking today,” Ichiro said. “I think the person that I became that I can answer these questions for you [is the takeaway]. In Japan, I didn’t really deal with the media like I do here. So I think I’ve made some progress.”

ANOTHER SHOT

Miami is the fifth stop in six major-league seasons for left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes, who joined the team Wednesday morning after being called up before Tuesday night’s 7-5 loss to the Tigers.

Reyes, 31, experienced a first with the Marlins though, throwing two innings out of the bullpen and allowing two runs on three hits.

“This is the first time a team’s told me I’m going to be a reliever,” he said. “I was able to learn a lot working in Triple A.”

Wednesday’s outing was his 72nd major-league appearance, with the Braves, Blue Jays, Orioles, Angels and now Marlins — 62 of them starts. He said his approach — whether pitching every five days or out of the bullpen — is simple.

“When it’s your time to get called, it’s time to get outs,” he said. “No matter how it’s done, whether it’s keeping the team in the lead or eating some innings, it’s getting three outs every inning any way you can. It’s still pitching. The routine changes a little bit, but that’s about it.”

There is some familiarity for Reyes in the clubhouse. He played with fellow lefty Mike Dunn and third baseman Martin Prado in Atlanta.

“I’ve known Dunn for a while,” Reyes said. “We’ve talked a lot in the offseason and leading up to spring training.”

Reyes has covered a lot of ground in his career, which includes spending 2013 and 2014 in Korea. But there’s still one major-league park he hasn’t played in.

“The only stadium I’ve missed is the White Sox [U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago],” Reyes said.

The Marlins will face the White Sox from Aug. 12-14. Unfortunately for him, the series is in Miami.

On Thursday, the team heads to Atlanta — where Reyes started his career in 2007 — for a four-game weekend series, including a game Sunday night at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

COMING UP

▪ Thursday: Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 5.00 ERA) at Atlanta Braves RHP Julio Teheran (3-7, 2.46), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.

▪ Friday: Marlins TBA at Braves RHP Bud Norris (3-7, 4.22), 7:35 p.m., Turner Field.

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