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The Pujols-Ichiro matchup was the majors' first in 68 years involving two players with at least 5,000 career at-bats and a lifetime batting average of .330 or better. The last time was 1942, with future Hall of Famers Joe Medwick (Dodgers) and Paul Waner (Braves).
NOTES: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was a bit distracted during his daily media session, watching the comedy "Step Brothers" and punctuating comments with chuckles. ... Jerry Lovelace, the Cardinals' public relations director in the 1970s, died Tuesday. ... Ichiro is batting .419 during the interleague hitting streak, which dates to June 17, 2009 and is the longest active streak in the majors. ... Pujols has 37 homers and 117 RBIs in 483 interleague at-bats. ... Ichiro leads the majors with 21 infield hits and got his 19th steal in 25 chances in the fifth. ... Langerhans hit the Mariners' first pinch-homer of the season. He has four for his career.
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