- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - Derek Jeter struck out in his first at-bat, leaving the New York Yankees shortstop four hits shy of reaching 3,000 for his career.

Jeter swung over a 2-2 pitch from Cleveland’s Justin Masterson in the first inning on Wednesday night. Jeter fouled off one pitch during the at-bat.

It wasn’t certain he would be in the lineup before he persuaded manager Joe Girardi to play him for a third straight day after returning from a three-week stint on the disabled list with a calf injury.

Jeter entered the game with 2,996 hits, closing in on becoming the 28th major leaguer with 3,000. When the 37-year-old reaches the milestone, he will be the first player in New York’s fabled history to do it having only played for the Yankees.

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