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Longoria doubles for 1,500th career hit

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ATLANTA -- Evan Longoria picked up his 1,500th career hit in Saturday night's 11-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park. 

He hit an RBI double off Braves righty Brandon McCarthy in the top of the third inning on a softly hit ball that got past a diving Nick Markakis in right field. The hit had an exit velocity of 71.9 mph, according to Statcast™.

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ATLANTA -- Evan Longoria picked up his 1,500th career hit in Saturday night's 11-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park. 

He hit an RBI double off Braves righty Brandon McCarthy in the top of the third inning on a softly hit ball that got past a diving Nick Markakis in right field. The hit had an exit velocity of 71.9 mph, according to Statcast™.

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"I'll take them any way they can come," Longoria said.

The milestone comes three years to the day since the third baseman got his 1,000th hit, as a member of the Rays.

Video: Longoria's most memorable hits en route to 1,500

"It's crazy to think that I've been playing that long and just have been lucky enough to be healthy and be out there and get some hits," Longoria said.

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Longoria is the 42nd Giant to reach 1,500 hits, the most of any franchise. Andrew McCutchen is not far behind him with 1,490 career hits.

"He's just a pro, you know," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Longoria before the game. "He's such a great guy to have on the club, the way he handles himself … Until you get to see them every day, you really get to know them and that's when you really get to appreciate how good they are, who they are and what's made them so good. It's through hard work and how they prepare for a game."

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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