Jeter Gets Unscheduled Day of Rest in Quest for 3,000 Hits

Derek Jeter got an unexpected day of rest for his injured calf muscle as thunderstorms forced postponement of tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the same day the shortstop withdrew from the All-Star Game.

Jeter enters tomorrow’s game two hits shy of 3,000. If the 37-year-old fails to become the 28th player in Major League Baseball history and the first Yankee to reach the milestone this weekend at Yankee Stadium, he will probably end his quest on the team’s eight-day road trip after the All-Star break.

The Yankees’ captain and teammate Alex Rodriguez, who was due for an MRI on his sore right knee, pulled out of the July 12 All-Star game to take care of their injuries, the team said in a news release.

Jeter’s His journey to join the ranks of Pete Rose, Cal Ripken and Paul Molitor was interrupted at 2,994 hits on June 13 when he strained his calf muscle. The next day he was placed on the disabled list and didn’t return to the team’s active roster until July 4.

Jeter has two more home games against the Rays this weekend to reach the 3,000 milestone. Tonight’s game was rescheduled for Sept. 22. When the team returns from the All-Star break, the Yankees travel to Toronto and Tampa, Florida, from July 14-21.

Fans with paid tickets for tonight’s game may use them for the Sept. 22 game or exchange them for any regular season game at Yankee Stadium within 12 months.

For those interested in seeing the weekend series, the Yankees advise there are only an “extremely limited” number of tickets remaining for the games, both of which start at 1:05 p.m.

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