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Manny Machado is youngest Orioles player to reach 500 hits

WASHINGTON — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado became the youngest player in franchise history to reach 500 career hits with his fifth-inning single in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals, according to STATS LLC.

Machado joins an impressive list of Orioles legends. He reached the milestone at the age of 23 years, 78 days, which is 119 days younger than Eddie Murray, who reached 500 hits at 23 years, 197 days.

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Murray, who recorded his 500th career hit on Sept. 9, 1979, held the club mark for more than 36 years.

Cal Ripken, Jr. is third on that list at 23 years, 339 days, followed by Brooks Robinson (24 years, 35 days) and Boog Powell (24 years, 289 days).

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"I mean, yeah, you look at it," Machado said of the milestone. "It's something that's always there, something that you hopefully want to be just close to it. It's something that, Cal's record and Eddie Murray's ... I think you just want to want to have half the career's they've had, and kind of not really think about it. Just go out there and play and whatever comes your way is going to come."

Machado -- who debuted in the majors at the age of 20 years, 34 days on Aug. 9, 2012 – is enjoying the best season of his major league career, hitting .289 with a .360 on-base percentage, .490 slugging percentage, 29 doubles, 29 home runs and 75 RBIs. He is also the only player in the majors this season to play in every game.

"It's great that it came. I worked hard to get here," Machado said. "It's been a great season so far. Hopefully, I've got many more hits to come. Right now, it's just keep playing baseball. If more hits come, just gonna help the team in whichever way possible."

Machado is also the seventh-youngest active player to reach the 500-hit mark. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, who also debuted at 20, recorded his 500th hit at the age of 22 years and 167 days on Sept. 7, 2012.

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"It's awesome," Machado said following Tuesday's game. "It's a great accomplishment. Just to get that many hits in the big leagues, it's an honor. It's something that I'm just blessed. It's just an honor to be able go out there and play every day, to be able to go out there and perform and get that hit."

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