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Game thread: Yankees (51-34) vs. Rays (48-39)

UPDATE:

At-bat No. 1: Jeter lines a double into the left-center field gap on the first pitch he sees. 2,998.

At-bat No. 2: Jeter grounds out softly to third to end the second inning.

At-bat No. 3: Jeter hits sharp grounder down third-base line that Sean Rodriguez stops with a nice dive before making a strong throw to first for the out. Jeter has seen five pitches in three at-bats.

At-bat No. 4: Jeter grounds out to shortstop.

At-bat No. 5: Jeter chops out to third to end the game. Stuck at 2,998 after a 1-for-5 night.

It's all about Derek Jeter, as the Yankees kick off a four-game set with the Rays to close out the first half.

The captain is three hits shy of 3,000, and will likely get between 16 and 20 plate appearance to reach that magical number before the All-Star break.

Jeter held a press conference prior to the game tonight, and was asked if he thinks it will be a feeling of euphoria or relief when he finally reaches the milestone.

"I don’t know," Jeter said via LoHud. "Maybe a little bit of both."

Oh, there's also a game to be played. The matchup on the hill:


Bartolo Colon

#40 / Pitcher / New York Yankees

5-11

265

R

R

May 24, 1973




W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2011 - Bartolo Colon 6-3 2.88 1.06 78 18


vs.


Jeff Niemann

#34 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays

6-9

260

R

R

Feb 28, 1983




W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2011 - Jeff Niemann 3-4 5.05 1.47 29 12


I'll be back after the game with recap and analysis. Do it, Jeter's Taco Hole and have at it, Alley Dwellers.