Jeter goes yard for No. 3000

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Jeter goes yard for No. 3000

Derek Jeter came into today's game against the Rays needing just two hits to reach 3,000 for his career.

A single to left in the first inning would give him 2,999. But he wasn't done there.

With one out in the third inning, Jeter took a David Price 3-2 pitch deep to left-center field that cleared the fence, and No. 3000 was in the history books. He's the 28th player to reach 3,000 career hits and the first since Craig Biggio achieved the milestone number on June 28, 2007.

Just one other player, Wade Boggs, hit a home run for his 3,000th hit.

Jeter, who ended the day with five hits, is only the second player to have five hits in the same game as his 3,000th hit, Craig Biggio being the other.

Jeter, who turned 37 years old on June 26, is the 4th youngest player ever to reach No. 3,000. He's been a Yankee for his entire career, dating back to 1995. Including Jeter, 11 members of the 3,000 hit club have done it with the same team. Jeter is the first Yankee to do so.

In that span he's had 9,604 at bats, hitting 2,221 singles, 480 doubles, 62 triples, and 237 home runs.

His career average is .312, as he hit .290 or better from 1996-2009, and hit .309 or better in 10 different seasons.

As noted in this week's Nation STATion, Jeter has 286 hits against the Red Sox for his career. While undoubtedly being a thorn in the Red Sox' side over the last 16 years, you'd be hard pressed to find a player on those Red Sox teams or in the MLB as a whole who has anything but respect for the future Cooperstown Hall of Famer.

Also noted in Nation STATion, Carl Yastrzemski is a member of the club, and hit No. 3000 against the Yankees on Sept. 12, 1979 off of Willie Randolph.

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.