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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Reynolds breaks MLB strikeout record

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PHOENIX -- Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds broke his major league strikeout record by fanning for the 205th time this season in the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks' game against San Francisco.

Reynolds struck out for the second time Tuesday night to break the record he established last season. After doubling in a run for his career-high 100th RBI in the first, he struck out against Matt Cain in the third and rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner in the fourth.

Reynolds added another strikeout in the sixth to up his total to 206.

"So what?" Reynolds said when asked about the strikeouts. "So what?"

Reynolds is the only player in major league history to strike out at least 200 times in a season.

"Deep down inside, I'm sure it bothers him more than he likes to portray," manager A.J. Hinch said. "At the end of the day, he is 40-plus home runs and 100 RBIs. That's a productive season, for anyone to really focus on the strikeout record being reset. When that production is coming with the strikeouts, it's almost a moot point. We all want him to be a more productive player and strike out less, but when the production follows, it is hard to knock him."

The 26-year-old Reynolds is hitting .266 with 43 homers, second to St. Louis' Albert Pujols, who has 47.

Oakland's Jack Cust set the American League record with 197 last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.