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.

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two fly outs to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver