Manny Ramirez gets 2,000th hit
MIAMI - Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez got the 2,000th hit of his career Saturday night, a three-run home run off Brian Moehler in the first inning against the Florida Marlins.
Ramirez is the 18th active player to hit the mark, joining the club that Garret Anderson of the Los Angeles Angels reached earlier Saturday. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees also got his 2,000th career hit earlier this season on May 26.
The 34-year-old Ramirez, in his 13th major league season, has managed at least 149 hits in 11 consecutive years. He entered Saturday with a .313 career average, and is on pace for his 10th season of hitting at least .300.
"Doesn't look like he's slowing down," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He's just a phenomenal hitter and will probably continue to be phenomenal. As long as he's healthy, I don't see him slowing down."
Ramirez is the 241st player in major league history with at least 2,000 hits. He reached the milestone after connecting on a 2-2 pitch for his 21st home run of the year, a 382-foot shot to right field.
In the sixth, Ramirez added a two-run home run that gave him 129 career RBIss in interleague play - two behind Carlos Delgado of the New York Mets for the most all-time.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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