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.

Kyle Freeland placed on injured list due to blister

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Starter Kyle Freeland has been placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 19) due to a blister on his left middle finger, the Rockies announced. Tyler Anderson was activated from the 10-day injured list and will start Monday night against the Nationals.

Freeland, 25, posted a 4.23 ERA with a 30/10 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings across five starts to open the 2019 season. In his most recent start, the lefty tossed six shutout innings against the Phillies but wasn’t able to go out for the seventh inning due to the blister.

Anderson, 29, made two starts before left knee inflammation sidelined him. He has thus far yielded 11 runs on 18 hits and three walks with five strikeouts in nine innings.