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Derek Jeter doubles again, just two hits away from 3,000

Jul 7, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

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The Yankees lost for a second straight day, falling 5-1 to the Rays, but shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter moved one step closer to history.

Jeter entered the game sitting on 2,997 career hits after a 1-for-3 performance Wednesday in Cleveland. He got to work right away Thursday, rapping a double into the left-center field gap to open the bottom of the first inning. It was his third extra-base hit since returning from the disabled list Monday.

Jeter grounded out to third base in his second at-bat and was retired on a gorgeous play by Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez his third time up. He grounded out again in his fourth plate appearance then ended the contest with another groundout to the hot corner in his fifth and final time at the dish. The 37-year-old future Hall of Famer finished 1-for-5 on the night.

Jeter will enter Friday’s game against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson with 2,998 career hits. He’s 1-for-2 lifetime against Hellickson, 6-for-25 (.240) against Saturday’s starter David Price and 17-for-54 (.315) against Sunday’s starter James Shields. The milestone should easily be met before the All-Star break.

  1. Ari Collins - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Today they lost the division lead while Jeter got one hit closer. It’s possible they could lose the wild card lead the same day he hits number 3000.

    • hittfamily - Jul 8, 2011 at 12:43 AM

      As a Rays fan, I hope you are right. Girardi, he is the best SS in the game. He is also the best leadoff hitter in the game. Please keep hitting him lead off.

  2. bigharold - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    You can only hope, .. can’t you?

  3. stoutfiles - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    “He got to work right away Thursday, rapping a double into the left-center field gap to open the bottom of the first inning.”

    Then he got to work on what he normally does, going 0-4 with weak infield grounders. Why is this guy batting 1st?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Step by step. Inch by inch. The heroic Captain moved closer and closer to immortality. Please just get it over with won’t you! Pretty Please with sugar on it!

  5. pisano - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    In the meantime they’ve lost three of their last four games and fell out of first place . What’s more important winning or Jeters hit total, I say winning!!!

  6. Iraelite - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Can we WIN on the way to 3000 please? Big fan of the Bombers & El Capitán, but Jeter 2011 is about as exciting as Emmitt Smith playing for the ‘Zona Cardinals.

  7. robertb927 - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Hates Yankees but respect has to be given to Jeter. He is the man, although he hasn’t had such a good season stat or health wise. Getting to 3000 hits is making me watch their games. i grown up watching baseball my whole life

    Go Jeter you deserve it youve been a great player, loyal to the franchise and great role model outside of the field.

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