Jeter reaches 3,000 hits, goes 5-for-5
NEW YORK – New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter rose to the occasion in spectacular fashion Saturday, going 5-for-5, including the game-winning hit against the Tampa Bay Rays, as he passed 3,000 hits in his career.
Jeter became the 28th Major League Baseball player and first Yankee to reach the milestone with a home run in the third inning off Tampa Bay left-hander David Price.
Not content with that, he added three more hits and singled home the winning run in the eighth to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory.
“If I’d tried to write that script and given it to someone, even I wouldn’t have bought it,” Jeter told reporters after the game. “It was a special day.”
Jeter, 37, who has struggled this season and just returned from injury, became the first major league player to reach the mark since Craig Biggio did it with the Houston Astros in June 2007.
He became the fourth youngest player to reach the milestone, behind only Ty Cobb (34), Hank Aaron (36) and Robin Yount (36), and is the 11th member of the esteemed group to have collected all his hits for one team.