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3,000 hits and counting for Palmeiro

July 16, 2005

SEATTLE (AP) - Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro became the 26th player to reach 3,000 career hits on Friday night, curling an RBI double into the left field corner in the fifth inning off Seattle starter Joel Pineiro.

Palmeiro also has 566 home runs over his 20-year career, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players with 3,000 hits and 500 homers.

Palmeiro tied Roberto Clemente for 25th place on the all-time list.

He was cheered each time he batted, and flashbulbs popped on every pitch. Teammates rushed onto the field after the milestone hit, and Palmeiro received a lengthy standing ovation from the Safeco Field crowd.

As the Orioles left the field, Palmeiro raised his helmet and thanked the fans.

Palmeiro walked in the first inning and grounded out in the third. The game was still in progress at deadline.

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