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Derek Jeter homers for 3,000th hit, first Yank to do it

New York Yankee Derek Jeter jolted himself into history Saturday, homering off Tampa Bay ace David Price to notch his 3,000th hit. He became the 28th major leaguer to hit the milestone.

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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter smiles with teammates after his solo home run for his 3,000 career hit against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York Saturday.

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Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone – the first New York Yankees player to reach 3,000 hits.

His first home run at Yankee Stadium this year, too.

A fitting crown for the captain.

With a swift swing of his shiny black bat, Jeter jolted himself into historic company, homering off Tampa Bay ace David Price in the third inning Saturday. He became the 28th major leaguer to hit the milestone and joined former teammate Wade Boggs as the only players to do it with a home run.

Jeter watched the ball fly as he left the batter's box and gave a big clap as he rounded first base. Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman was the first to salute Jeter, doffing his cap as Jeter passed by.

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