Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 as Yankees edge Rays 5-4

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Derek Jeter didn’t stop at 3,000.  Or 3,001.  Or 3,002.

Jeter singled in the go-ahead run through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the eighth as the Yankees topped the Rays 5-4 on Saturday.

Jeter singled in the first, homered in the third for his 3,000th career hit, doubled in the fifth, singled in the sixth and singled again in the eighth.  He finished the day with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.  After his last hit, he was caught stealing to end the eighth.

It was Jeter’s third career five-hit game and second versus Tampa Bay.  All three have featured a solo homer.  He went 5-for-5 against the Red Sox in a 7-3 win on May 23, 2001 and 5-for-6 against the Rays in a 20-11 victory on June 21, 2005.

Jeter’s first three hits today came off David Price.  The Rays left-hander gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision.

A.J. Burnett also failed to factor into the decision.  He left with a one-run lead after allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings, but David Robertson gave up the tying run after Johnny Damon tripled and Ben Zobrist singled in the eighth.

After Jeter’s single put the Yankees back on top, Mariano Rivera closed it out for his 22nd save.  He still hasn’t allowed a run in 21 appearances at Yankee Stadium this season.

With 3,003 career hits, Jeter is four behind Al Kaline for 26th place on the all-time list.  He passed Roberto Clemente, who died with exactly 3,000 hits.

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.