Vizquel Becomes All-Time Venezuelan Hits Leader

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PHOENIX (AP) - Texas Rangers shortstop Omar Vizquel singled in the first inning against the Arizona Cardinals for his 2,678th career hit, the most ever by a native of Venezuela.

The 42-year-old Vizquel moved ahead of Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparacio, who played in 107 fewer games.

Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glover, is a utilityman for the Rangers. Batting second Thursday night, Vizquel lined a pitch from Arizona's Jon Garland to right field to break out of a 1-for-11 slump.

His Rangers teammates stood on the top step of the dugout and applauded Vizquel, who flashed a thumbs-up sign.