KANSAS CITY -- Move over Willie Keeler. Here stands Ichiro Suzuki.
Ichiro had three hits on Wednesday against the Royals to reach the 200-hit plateau for the eighth consecutive year. That feat ties the Major League record set by Keeler from 1894 through 1901.
Ichiro also set an American League record, surpassing the seven consecutive seasons in which Wade Boggs had 200 or more hits.
Ichiro got a warm ovation from the crowd at Kauffman Stadium.
"It's a tremendous accomplishment," Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said prior to the game in anticipation of Ichiro reaching 200 for the eighth straight year.
Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.