NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter has broken the New York Yankees' hit record held by Lou Gehrig for more than seven decades. He did itwith a single to right field in the third inning.
That gives Jeter 2,722 hits, one more than Gehrig, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by illness in 1939.
Of course, Friday night's game against Baltimore must get through five innings and become official for Jeter's hit to count.
The start was delayed 87 minutes by a heavy rain that had tapered off by the third inning.
Jeter tied Gehrig's mark Wednesday night, snapping an 0-for-12slump with three hits against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees were off Thursday, and Jeter resumed his pursuit Friday at rain-soaked Yankee Stadium.
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