Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez notched his 2,000th Major League hit on Friday — against a Cleveland Indians club that signed him as a teenager.
Venezuela’s Martinez reached the milestone with a single in the second inning off of Cleveland hurler Carlos Carrasco.
After he reached first base, Martinez received a warm ovation from the Cleveland crowd. He played eight seasons for the Indians before he was traded in 2009.
Martinez, 38, hugged Tigers first-base coach Omar Vizquel, once his Indians teammate. Players from both teams applauded the feat.
Martinez became the ninth active player to reach 2,000 career hits, joining Ichiro Suzuki, Adrian Beltre, Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Matt Holliday and Jose Reyes.
His celebrations were spoiled somewhat by the Indians’ 11-2 victory.
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