Derek Jeter 2 Away from 3,000 Hits

Derek Jeter moved closer to becoming the first New York Yankee to get 3,000 career hits, getting his 2,998th hit with a double in the first inning of the Bronx Bombers’s 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday at the Yankee Stadium.

Jeter would go 0-4 the rest of the way, to the disappointment of the 47,787 sell-out crowd at Yankee Stadium who were hoping to see the prized-shortstop become the 28th player in Major League history to reach the milestone. After the game, Jeter said he though he’d accomplish the feat following his lead-off hit. “I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think it was attainable today,” said Jeter, who will have three more games to hit number 3,000 before the All-Star break. “Early on, I thought I was going to get a few but it wasn’t the case.”

Jeter’s quest for 3,000 encountered an unexpected delay last month when he suffered an injury that forced Yankees manager Joe Girardi to put the 37-year-old star on the disabled list. He returned on Monday, and has since gone 4-18 at the plate. The Yankees have lost all but one of their games since Jeter’s return.