Derek Jeter not only collected his 3,000th hit of his career on Saturday. He did it with remarkable style.
The All-Star Yankee shortstop became the first player in a Yankee uniform and 28th player in Major League Baseball history to have 3,000 career hits. Jeter accomplished the feat with a home run on a full count in the third inning off of Tampa Bay Rays’ starter David Price.
Jeter had a magical game as he went five for five, with two runs scored, two runs batted in, a double, stolen base, in addition to the home run. He also had the game winning run batted in to score Eduardo Nunez, as the Yankees defeated the Rays 5-4 to move to 52-35, and a game back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East.
The last player to record 3,000 hits was Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros on June 28, 2007. Pete Rose has the most hits with 4,256.
In other Yankees’ news, third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be out a month with a slight tear in his right knee. He will not represent the American League for Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix. He will be replaced by Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers in the starting lineup and Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox on the roster.