Derek Jeter homers for 3,000th career hit

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter follows through on a solo home run for his 3,000 career hit during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rays catcher John Jaso, pitcher David Price, left, and umpire Jim Wolf look on.
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Last Updated 3:10 p.m. ET

New York Yankee Derek Jeter scored his 3,000th career hit, and did so in style.

Jeter hit the milestone with a home run over the left field wall at Yankee Stadium.

The 37-year-old became the 28th major leaguer to get 3,000 hits, and the first to do it wearing Yankees pinstripes.

It was also his first home run at Yankee Stadium this year.

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

Jeter is only the second player to reach the milestone with a home run, after former Yankee Wade Boggs did so in 1999 while with the Rays.

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Starting today's game 2 hits short, Jeter singled in the first inning to get close, then got the historic hit in the third inning against Price.

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.

By then, all of Jeter's teammates were already celebrating in the dugout, raising their arms almost in unison. A special time for No. 2 — his second hit of the game, and right at 2 p.m.

True to his nature of staying focused on the game, Jeter briskly rounded the bases. But there was no way this moment was going to pass without plenty of fanfare.

Good buddy Jorge Posada greeted Jeter with a bear-hug after he touched home plate. Mariano Rivera and the rest of the Yankees were right behind, swallowing up Jeter before he could reach the dugout. The bullpen gate swung open, too, as New York's relievers came pouring in.

The 37-year-old Jeter, still in the midst of a most difficult season, waved to the crowd several times, then clenched his fist and pointed up to the box where his parents and longtime girlfriend, actress Minka Kelly, have been sitting.

Jeter also paid tribute to his opponents. He pointed at Price while many of the Rays applauded the accomplishment, some of them coming out of the dugout to cheer.

Per Andy Vazquez, sports reporter for New Jersey newspaper, The Record. Below are his two tweets on the subject:

Andy Vasquez, a sports reporter for the Bergen Record, tweeted that the fan who caught the ball, Christian Lopez of Highland Mills, N.Y., was whisked away by security immediately after his catch.

Lopez - sitting in row 1 of section 236 with his girlfriend and father - got tickets to the game as a gift from his girlfriend.