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Jeter Hits Number 3000

New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter hit his 3000th career hit today in Yankee Stadium, and he did so in style. It had been almost a year since Jeter hit a homerun in the Bronx, so it was only fitting that number 3000 came on a HR to the left field stands. He also went 5-5 and drove in the winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Not a bad day at the  ballpark for Mr. Jeter. Here is more from Les Carpenter of Yahoo! sports.

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It was as if the whole thing had been scripted from the beginning.

In these times where offensive records seem to fall with regularity, there is still a magic to 3,000 hits. Jeter, the sole Yankee to achieve the feat, is only the 28th player to achieve the milestone and the line of potential candidates to join him in the near future includes just his teammate Alex Rodriguezand Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Another peculiarity about Jeter’s feat is that he’s the first Yankee to reach 3000 hits. Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, Jackson, and DiMaggio never accomplished what Jeter achieved today. 3000 hits is special, and something to be applauded. The crowd at Yankee stadium today gave Derek all that and more.

Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images

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