Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jeter Collects 3,000th hit (Oh, and Yankees Win 5-4)

The life of Derek Jeter has always savored of fable and legend: young baseball fan with a passion for the New York Yankees evolves into a star high school short stop and is eventually drafted by said team. Upon reaching the majors, player immediately helps restore prestige of long-ailing franchise, winning the World Series. His popularity sours. Woman love him, men wish they were him. On the field he displays a proclivity for the dramatic, off the field his temperament is impeccable -- never adjoining himself to scandal.

Is there room for this legend to grow?

Apparently so.

In Saturday's game vs. the Tampa Rays, Derek Jeter collected his 3,000th career hit with a home run off lefty David Price. Jeter became the 28th player to reach the milestone and only the second to do so with a home run.

The blast tied the game (yes, there was a game to be won) at one, in what would turn out to be a sea-saw affair. In the end however, Jeter assured that he would be the singular subject of the afternoon's contest. With the game tied at four in the bottom of the eighth, he singled in the winning run to complete a 5 for 5 day.

Mariano Rivera recorded a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

Yankee's starter A. J. Burnett displayed impressive stuff striking out 9 in 5.2 innings but struggled early, allowing all of his first four base runners to score.


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