Albert Pujols reaches 3000 career hits at Safeco Field


Angels star Albert Pujols joined the 3,000-hit club Friday night on the road in Seattle, spraying a single to right field in the fifth inning.

Pujols and Beltre are the only Dominican-born players to reach the milestone. The Angels ended up winning the game 5-0 over the Seattle Mariners.

With the hit, the Los Angeles Angels slugger pulled into a tie with Roberto Clemente for 31st on MLB's all-time hit list.

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.

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The players who are closest to reaching the 3,000 mark are Miguel Cabrera (2,666), Robinson Cano (2,409), and Jose Reyes (2,100).

He's also one of only six players to reach the career milestones of 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez.

Pujols signed with the Angels in 2012, when their general manager was current Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto. He won three MVPs and finished second in the voting four other times. Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999. That's not unusual for members of the 3,000-hit club, but he's avoided that while hitting for power and playing in the highest-strikeout era in major league history. Scioscia said Ohtani's bullpen session on Friday went well and as long as there aren't any issues when he's re-examined on Saturday he's expected to start the series finale in Seattle.