Derek Jeter nine hits away from 3,000

6/11/2011 - MLB Derek Jeter New York Yankees + more

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is nine hits away from becoming the 28th member of baseball's 3,000-hit club.

Jeter recorded hit No. 2,991 -- a line-drive double to right field off Cleveland Indians right-hander Chad Durbin -- in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Jeter is set to become the first Yankee ever to reach the 3,000-hit mark. If he reaches the milestone over the next three weeks, he will be the fourth youngest player to get to 3,000.

Jeter said earlier this week that he would "love" to get his 3,000th hit at home and "be disappointed" if he doesn't.

To do so on the team's current homestand, he needs nine hits in the Yankees' next six games.

He ranks 28th on baseball's all-time hits list, nine behind former Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.

Jeter, who turns 37 on June 26, is looking to become the 11th member of the 3,000-hit club to record all of his career hits with the same team.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.