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Machado notches 1,000th career hit

Dodgers shortstop says milestone is one he'll 'never forget'
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DENVER -- Manny Machado had never played at Coors Field before Thursday night, and now, he won't forget it. Not only did he help lead the Dodgers to an 8-5 win over the Rockies, but he recorded his 1,000th career hit in the sixth inning.

"It's always amazing, you know," Machado said. "You work hard, try to put yourself in the best position, and just to reach that is a great accomplishment. Not a lot of guys can do it, and it's something I'll never forget."

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DENVER -- Manny Machado had never played at Coors Field before Thursday night, and now, he won't forget it. Not only did he help lead the Dodgers to an 8-5 win over the Rockies, but he recorded his 1,000th career hit in the sixth inning.

"It's always amazing, you know," Machado said. "You work hard, try to put yourself in the best position, and just to reach that is a great accomplishment. Not a lot of guys can do it, and it's something I'll never forget."

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The hit came on a line-drive single to center field off Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson. He went 2-for-5 and has now recorded a hit in all of his seven career games against Colorado.

The first 977 of Machado's career hits came with the Orioles. He is 23-for-82 (.280) since being traded to the Dodgers. At 26 years, 34 days old, Machado is the youngest active player in the 1,000-hit club. He is 333 days younger than Mike Trout, the next-youngest player on the list.

Machado, who has reached base safely in 38 of his last 39 games, nearly homered in his sixth-inning at-bat against Anderson, hitting a ball just to the left of the left-field foul pole. He recorded his 1,000th career hit on the next pitch.

As far as playing at Coors Field for the first time, Machado said it's a great atmosphere. And his team thrived, hitting five home runs in the victory.

"It was awesome," Machado said. "Got the win, got my 1,000th hit, great night."

Anne Rogers is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow her on Twitter at @anne__rogers.

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