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Around the horn led off by Jeter

Jeter As Daily News beat writer Mark Feinsand aptly put it today, it's 2,721 down and one more to go for Derek Jeter to become the Yankees' all-time hit leader. Jeter's three hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay pulled him even with Lou Gehrig and he can get the record to himself Friday against Baltimore.

---Post columnist Mike Vaccaro, the pride of St. Bonaventure, sets the scene as the moment unfolded.

---It was a big moment for longtime mates Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte.

---MLB.com has reaction from around the majors.

---You can listen to the calls from the YES Network and John Sterling on Yankees radio.

Elsewhere in the bigs on a busy, busy Wednesday:

---The Cardinals keep rolling as Adam Wainwright put up his MLB-leading 18th win and Albert Pujols belted home runs No. 46 and 47 in a win at Milwaukee. Pujols had 47 homers in just 490 at-bats and looks like a lock for his first 50-homer season. The Cardinals are 31-9 in their last 40 games and have taken over the lead in the overall NL race. That's significant because it would mean the Phillies and Dodgers (assuming they hold on in the NL West) would meet in the division series and not in a rematch of last year's NLCS.

---The Rockies did it again on Seth Smith's two-out, two-run single in the ninth that squirted through Brandon Phillips to beat the Reds, 4-3. The Rockies, who have won six straight, lead the Giants by four games in the wildcard race and are just 2 1/2 behind the Dodgers.

---Brad Lidge may be losing his closer's job to fellow Phillie Ryan Madsen. Tough situation for manager Charlie Manuel three weeks before the playoffs start, especially given what Lidge gave the Phillies last season.

---Jose Reyes is upset people think he's been dogging it while trying to get back from injury to the Mets' lineup. I'm sure the Amazin' medical staff in Flushing has been doing a great job with Reyes. Yeesh.

---Roy Halladay was frustrated by the Blue Jays' loss to the Twins but it's close to hockey season in Toronto and no one cares. The announced crowd of 11,159 was the smallest ever in Rogers Centre and a look at some video shows its might have been half of that.

---The Indians completed a brutal 22-hour stretch with a 10-0 loss to the Rangers. Old friend Fausto Carmona (3-10 two years after a 19-win season) couldn't get out of the first inning. Some ominous quotes about Carmona in the linked story from Tribe pitching coach Carl Willis. He might never be like he was in 2007 again? Hmmm. By the way, who the heck is Scott Feldman and how did he get to 16-4?

---Mike Harrington

(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

AP Photo: Jeter acknowledges the crowd after No. 2,721