In Thursday's series finale between the Yankees and Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, Jeter hammered a second-inning RBI single through the right side off starter Anthony Swarzak that brought him into a tie for 18th place on Major League Baseball's all-time hits list with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.
Jeter's run-scoring single, which tied the contest at 4, upped his career hit total to 3,110.
Winfield, who spent the majority of the 1980s patrolling right field for the Yankees, congratulated the shortstop in a statement issued through his former team:
"I always enjoy watching Derek Jeter play because he is a model of consistency both in the field and at the plate. I finished my career with 3,110 hits, and I have only admiration and respect for Derek. I hope he pauses for just a moment to admire the view with me, and then keeps on going. This is just one more achievement in an incredible career."
The Yankees actually trailed 4-0 before rallying for three runs in the first and pulling even with Jeter's RBI single an inning later. They currently lead Minnesota 7-6 in the sixth inning, thanks in large part to the four RBIs Curtis Granderson has amassed on three (yes, three) home runs.
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