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    Ichiro Suzuki will go to his ninth straight All Star Game. The Mariner's outfield has been on the field for the midsummer classic every year since moving to the US from Japan.

    Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki has reason to celebrate.

    He reached 200 hits for the ninth straight season during the second game of a doubleheader with Texas -- in rain-delayed games in Arlington.

    Ichiro beat out an infield single to become the first player in major league history with at least 200 in nine straight seasons as the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 to split a doubleheader.

    Texas won the first game yesterday 7-2.

    Suzuki, who went 1 for 5 in the second game, received a standing ovation from the sparse crowd, stepping off first base and doffing his batting helmet to thank the fans.

    He had been tied with Willie Keeler, who had eight consecutive 200-hit seasons from 1894-1901.

    Texas was playing its third doubleheader this month due to rainouts.