Castro records 500th hit, joins elite company

Castro records 500th hit, joins elite company

PITTSBURGH -- Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro singled in the fifth inning on Friday for his 500th career hit, becoming the 28th player in Major League history to reach that milestone before the age of 23.

Castro, 22, singled in the third for hit No. 499, and then singled with two outs in the fifth for No. 500.

The only other active player on the list is the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Others to reach the milestone at such a young age include Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Mickey Mantle, Robin Yount, Ty Cobb, Johnny Bench, Orlando Cepeda and Ken Griffey Jr.

Since Castro made his Major League debut on May 7, 2010, he leads all National League players in hits. The Brewers' Ryan Braun was next with 490 hits entering play on Friday.