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.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.