Jeter to be honored for reaching 3,000 hits

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The Yankees will have a special pregame ceremony Saturday for Derek Jeter, in which they honor the shortstop for reaching 3,000 career hits.

Gates will open at 2 p.m., more than two hours before Phil Hughes throws the first pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early and be in their seats by 3:45 p.m. for the ceremony.

On July 9, Jeter became the 28th player in major league history -- and the first Yankees player -- to join the 3,000-hit club. At 37 years, 13 days old, he was the fourth-youngest to reach the plateau.

Jeter did so by hitting a solo home run off Tampa Bay's David Price in the third inning. He went 5-for-5 in that game and notched a game-winning RBI single in the eighth.

Jeter joined Wade Boggs as the only players to hit a home run as their 3,000th career hit and became only the second player to record at least five hits in the game in which they recorded their 3,000th hit (Craig Biggio).

Jeter now has 3,034 career hits after going 1-for-4 on Friday night.