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Jeter 2,722, Gehrig 2,721

The rain stopped tonight in the Bronx and Derek Jeter got his record-breaking hit, a clean single to right in the third inning against the Orioles. So Jeter is the Yankees' all-time hit leader, one more than Lou Gehrig. He got a two-minute standing ovation and the entire team came out to first base to congratulate him. Memo to the YES Network: Enough shots of fans and especially Jeter's parents. Keep the camera on the reason we're watching the game please.

Here's the video of the historic hit.

10 p.m. udpate: The Yankees have issued the following statement on Jeter from owner George Steinbrenner: "For those who say today's game can't produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter. Game in and game out he just produces. As historic and significant as becoming the Yankees' all-. time hit leader is, the accomplishment is all the more impressive because Derek is one of the finest young men playing the game today.

"That combination of character and athletic ability is something he shares with the previous record holder, Lou Gehrig. It adds to the pride that the Yankees and our fans feel today. Every Yankees era has its giants. It's thrilling to watch Derek as he becomes one of the greats of his generation, if not of all time."

---Mike Harrington


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