Albert Pujols: The Legend of the Machine

Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols second from left hugs third base coach Dino Ebel left while first base coach Alfredo Griffin carries first base after Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit against the Seattle Marine

Albert Pujols Pursuit of 3000 Hits is Something To Watch

Albert Pujols became the 32nd player in history to reach 3,000 Major League Baseball hits on Friday against the Seattle Mariners. Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999. He added another hit in the ninth inning to pass Roberto Clemente on the career list, a two-run single that also ensured the Angels would walk away with a victory.

After singling off Mariners starter Mike Leake (3-3) and coming around to score in a two-run fourth inning, Ohtani doubled to deep left in his next at-bat in the fifth to score Justin Upton and advance Albert Pujols to third.

Pujols lined a single to right field in the fifth inning for the Los Angeles Angels to become just the second-ever Dominican native with 3,000 hits.

The next closest active player to 3,000 career hits is Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who collected hit No. 2,666 on Thursday afternoon by going 1-for-4 in his return from a three-game absence dealing with biceps spasms. He's the fourth player in four seasons to reach 3,000 hits, after Rodriguez in 2015, Ichiro Suzuki in 2016 and Adrian Beltre last season. Now, about the Angels playing in Los Angeles.

Those cheers turned to boos when Ohtani was announced. He won three MVPs and finished second in the voting four other times. Of the 19,246 players who have been on Major League Baseball rosters, 0.02% have reached these milestones.

Pujols is the second player to collect his 3,000th hit in Seattle after Rafael Palmeiro's double in 2005 at Safeco Field. 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. LHP JC Ramirez was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Saturday: The series resumes at 9:10 p.m. Left-hander Marco Gonzales (3-2, 5.02) will start for the Mariners.

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