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MURRAY BREAKS RBI RECORD FOR SWITCH HITTERS

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New York Mets first baseman Eddie Murray surpassed Mickey Mantle as baseball's all-time RBI leader among switch-hitters Saturday night.

Murray's 1,510th career RBI broke the record when he hit a run-scoring single with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of the Mets' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The hit came off reliever Dennis Lamp.Murray tied Mantle's record in the first inning with a sacrifice fly off starter Denny Neagle.

When batting with the bases loaded this season, Murray is 6 for 7 with 16 RBIs. He's 77 for 181 in his career.

Murray, 36, has played for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers in a major league career that began in 1977. Saturday's game was his 2,340th in the majors. He signed a two-year free agent contract with the Mets on Nov. 29, 1991.

Mantle collected all his 1,509 RBIs with the New York Yankees from 1951-68.

Murray is one of only 14 players to have at least 2,500 hits, 400 homers and 1,500 career RBI.

The 11 who are eligible for the Hall of Fame have already been inducted.