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Jeter grounds out again, stays at 2,998 hits
Yankees' Derek Jeter grounds out in 3rd at-bat, stays at 2,998 career hits
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Derek Jeter doubled for his 2,998th career hit, then grounded out his next two times up Thursday night, leaving the New York Yankees star two hits from reaching one of baseball's biggest milestones.

Jeter sharply lined the first pitch he saw from Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann to left-center for a first-inning double, drawing a cheer from his parents in the crowd.

With Yankee Stadium fans standing, Jeter bounced out to third base with runners on second and third to end the second inning.

In the fifth, Jeter hit a grounder right down the line. Third baseman Sean Rodriguez made a sliding stop on his knees and a strong throw to first.

Jeter is trying to become the 28th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits.

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