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Jeter becomes hit leader for Yankees

DEREK Jeter surpassed Lou Gehrig as the New York Yankees' all-time hit leader with a single against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

The 10-time All-Star shortstop lined the base-hit to right field in the third inning against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman as the crowd of nearly 47,000 at Yankee Stadium roared its approval. "I never imagined, I never dreamed of this," Jeter, who grew up in nearby New Jersey as a Yankees fan, told reporters. "My dream was always to play for the team." The entire Yankees team joined the 35-year-old Jeter at first base after the 2,722nd hit of his 15-year career. "For those who say today's game can't produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. "Game in and game out he just produces." However, the evening ended on a sour note as the Yankees lost 4-10.


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