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Derek Jeter hits 3000th basehit!

...Derek Jeter...
...28th player with 3000 career basehits...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
NEW YORK, New York (USA) - Derek Jeter on Saturday became the 28th player in Major League-history to reach the 3000 career hit-mark. The 37 year old captain and short stop of the New York Yankees reached the milestone in style, as his 3000th basehit was a homerun in the third inning. The Yankees won 5-4 thanks to Jeter's fifth hit in this game in the eighth inning which broke a 4-4 tie.

Before the home game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Jeter was two hits shy of his 3000th. In the first inning, he singled off David Price, then hit a solo-homerun off Price in the third inning. But Jeter didn't stop there, as he doubled in his third at bat, then added two more singles to go 5-for-5. With this, Jeter joined Craig Biggio as the only players in history to hit five hit on the day they reached 3000. Jeter's 5-hit game was the first in the new Yankee Stadium.

Derek Jeter also became only the first player in the rich and long history of the New York Yankees to reach the milestone. Only one other player also hit a homerun for his 3000th career basehit. That was Wade Boggs, who was Jeter's teammate when the latter was a rookie with the Yankees. Boggs hit his 3000th career basehit on August 7, 1999 as a player of Tampa Bay.

Since making his debut in 1995, Jeter needed 2362 games and 9604 at bats to hit his 3000th basehit. Pete Rose, who ended his career in 1986, is the all-time recordholder with 4256 basehits.

(July 9)

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