Derek Jeter 25 hits from 3,000

Updated: May 24, 2011, 7:46 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is 25 hits away from the 3,000-hit club.

Jeter lined a bases-loaded single off of New York Mets hurler Mike Pelfrey in the bottom of the seventh to tie Sunday's Subway Series matchup at 3-3. The ground ball up the middle snuck under Jose Reyes' glove and scored Brett Gardner and Chris Dickerson.

"A lot of times it's not how hard you hit them, it's where you hit them," Jeter said.

The two-run single snapped Jeter's 0-for-21 skid with the bases loaded and sparked an eight-run seventh for the Yankees, who eventually won 9-3.

It gave Jeter two hits on Sunday, for the second day in a row and fourth time in five games.

Jeter now has 2,975 hits for his career. If and when Jeter reaches 3,000, he will be the first player to do so in a Yankee uniform. He will also be the 28th member to get to 3,000.

Jeter, who typically does not like to discuss individual accomplishments, didn't talk about the pursuit of 3,000 on Sunday.

But after his two-hit night on Saturday, Jeter said he was not thinking about the milestone.

"It's still far away," Jeter said. "I'm really not thinking about it now. It's just more stay comfortable and the hits will come. And when you get a little closer [you can enjoy it] but now it's still a long ways away."

Jeter was asked to define "a little closer."

"One or two [hits]," he said with a grin.

Jeter finished 5-for-12 in the Subway Series, helping the Yanks take two out of three in the Bronx.

Something about the Mets seems to bring out the best in Jeter.

He's hit in 25 straight home games against the Mets, which ties Tony Gwynn for the longest home hitting streak against the franchise.

But he's not thinking about sticking it to his cross-town rivals.

"It's not even on my mind," Jeter said.

He is also ten hits away from tying Sam Rice for 28th place on baseball's all-time hits list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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