Pujols ties Helton for second fastest to 1,000 hits

Updated: April 21, 2006, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

Albert Pujols

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols tied Todd Helton for the second-fastest active player to reach 1,000 hits, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning against Chicago on Friday night.

Pujols and Helton needed 3,003 at-bats. Ichiro Suzuki is the fastest to the milestone, requiring 2,977 at-bats.

Pujols' 11th home run also set a franchise record for April, one more than Mark McGwire hit in his 70-homer season in 1998, with nine games to spare.

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