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Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 as Yankees edge Rays 5-4

Jul 9, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter didn’t stop at 3,000.  Or 3,001.  Or 3,002.

Jeter singled in the go-ahead run through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the eighth as the Yankees topped the Rays 5-4 on Saturday.

Jeter singled in the first, homered in the third for his 3,000th career hit, doubled in the fifth, singled in the sixth and singled again in the eighth.  He finished the day with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.  After his last hit, he was caught stealing to end the eighth.

It was Jeter’s third career five-hit game and second versus Tampa Bay.  All three have featured a solo homer.  He went 5-for-5 against the Red Sox in a 7-3 win on May 23, 2001 and 5-for-6 against the Rays in a 20-11 victory on June 21, 2005.

Jeter’s first three hits today came off David Price.  The Rays left-hander gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision.

A.J. Burnett also failed to factor into the decision.  He left with a one-run lead after allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings, but David Robertson gave up the tying run after Johnny Damon tripled and Ben Zobrist singled in the eighth.

After Jeter’s single put the Yankees back on top, Mariano Rivera closed it out for his 22nd save.  He still hasn’t allowed a run in 21 appearances at Yankee Stadium this season.

With 3,003 career hits, Jeter is four behind Al Kaline for 26th place on the all-time list.  He passed Roberto Clemente, who died with exactly 3,000 hits.

  1. bigharold - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    ITS OFFICIAL, .. DEREK JETER DAY!

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      And, literally, winning the game. Nice work, Mr. Jeter.

  2. stoutfiles - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Congrats to Jeter for his 2nd good game of the year. Lets see if this is the beginning of something or just another outlier.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    I have never been a fan of Jeter or of the Yankees, but what he did today was FANTASTIC. First round Hall Of Fame for sure.

  4. tellyspop - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Congratulations to DJ for 3000 hits and an excellent 5-5 day and homer to get the number off a really good pitcher as well. Cranks (fans) and Seam heads everywhere can appreciate this fine player.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Congrats to Jeter…… but I hope that dude changes his mind and sells that ball. Jeter and the Yank’s aren’t going to hesitate to did into his pockets to sell him overpriced shirts, memorabilia etc of the day, and Jeter will drain this for every penny.

    I guess thats the difference between a guy who asks for 20+ a year in the off season, and a guy who sells cell phones for a living……………….as Jeter said himself its all a negotiation.

  6. shawon0meter - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    I think it’s great the fan got some suite tickets for the rest of the season but come on, Carl Pavano got $40 mill ;)

    Congrats to Derek Jeter

  7. jwbiii - Jul 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Cool! Nicely done Capt. Jeter! Let’s reset the hype machine for you being the 29th player to hit into 250 GDPs!

  8. Ari Collins - Jul 9, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    He’ll go back to being Past A Diving Jeter tomorrow, but for today, he was once again a legend.

  9. 8man - Jul 9, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Congratulations Yankee fans. He’s a proven winner. Well done, Mr. Jeter. That being said, Jorge Posada deserves some serious Hall of Fame consideration for his contributions to the Yankee machine.

    See you in October. Go Red Sox!

  10. uyf1950 - Jul 9, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Great day by Jeter. Probably one of the more memorable performances by any of the previous 27 on the day they accomplished their 3000th hit. Well deserved. The first half of the season belonged to Jeter, maybe just maybe the second half of the Yankees season will belong to Rivera. Just 20 saves from tying Hoffman for the All Time lead in ML saves and 21 to pass him. Certainly doable. Capping the careers of 2 great Yankees in the twilight of their careers. Again congratulations to Derek Jeter.

  11. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Just to prove to all the Yankees fans out there I can say a nice thing about Jeter, here goes. Congrats, that is a huge accomplishment and being the first Yankee to do it is a big deal.

  12. Jeremy T - Jul 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Wow, that was just fantastic. First game I’ve been to all year, and I’ll be remembering it for a while. The Stadium was about as loud as I’ve heard it when Jeter was hitting, and the game itself was a very entertaining back-and-forth contest. I will say, though, the in-between innings trivia on was pretty awful. Like, for example, “Who is the only Yankee to get 3,000 hits?”

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