Yankees Vs. Indians: Derek Jeter Three Hits Away From 3,000, But New York Falls, 5-3

Derek Jeter moved closer to 3,000 hits with a double in Wednesday's 5-3 loss, but he will return to the Bronx for this career milestone.

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Yankees Vs. Indians Final Score: Derek Jeter Moves Closer To 3,000 Hits, But New York Loses, 5-3

The Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson was able to keep Derek Jeter out of the hit column until the eighth inning when the star shortstop doubled to deep right field, moving to 2,997 career hits. But more importantly for the Indians, Masterson was able to keep the Yankees from scoring for the first eight innings of the game, helping the team to an eventual 5-3 win.

Masterson allowed just three hits and struck out six before he gave way to the bullpen in the top of the ninth. Vinnie Pestano wasn't nearly as good as Masterson. Back-to-back singles by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano set up Nick Swisher for an RBI double. Chris Perez then entered the game for Pestano, looking to end the game with no other damage done. But back-to-back ground outs by Jorge Posada and Russell Martin put two more runs on the board. However, Brett Gardner struck out to end the game.

Phil Hughes returned to the mound for the Yankees for the first time since April and pitched strongly for five innings. After using 30-plus pitches and allowing two runs in the first inning, Hughes settled down and put zeros on the board before leaving after the fifth inning. Boone Logan and Sergio Mitre combined to allow the final three Indians runs, one on a Lonnie Chisenhall homer in the seventh and two in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly.

Derek Jeter returns home to Yankee Stadium on Thursday in pursuit of his 3,000th career hit.

For more on the Yankees, check out Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York. Head over to Let's Go Tribe and SB Nation Cleveland for more on the Indians.

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Yankees Vs. Indians: Derek Jeter Still Hitless With New York Losing, 2-0

Indians catcher Carlos Santana came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with two outs and the bases loaded. Battling a few pitches, Santana laced a ball to the third base side, but Alex Rodriguez stretched out for the ball, picked it out of his glove and threw it across the diamond for the final out of the inning. Instead of the Indians blowing open the game, they maintain their 2-0 lead.

Derek Jeter is still hitless, though he did draw a walk in the sixth inning during third plate appearance. However, Indians starter Justin Masterson has kept the Yankees quiet in this game, holding New York to two hits through six innings so far. Russell Martin picked up the Yankees' second hit of the game in the fifth inning.

Phil Hughes made it through five innings in his return to the major league mound, allowing two runs in the first inning, but holding the Indians scoreless for the next four. Luis Ayala and Boone Logan pitched the sixth inning, with the latter hitting a batter to load the bases. However, Logan was saved by Rodriguez' defense at third.

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Yankees Vs. Indians: Derek Jeter Still Questing For 3,000th Hit

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter entered Wednesday's contest against the Cleveland Indians just four hits away from the 3,000 hit milestone and after his first two at-bats he is still stuck on 2,996 hits. Facing mid-90s heat from Justin Masterson, Jeter struck out on a 96 mph sinker, the sixth pitch of at-bat, to start the game off. Still battling Masterson in the fourth inning, Jeter flied out to center fielder Grady Sizemore.

But the Yankees are currently down, 2-0, to the Indians through four innings. Masterson has allowed just one hit, a single to Alex Rodriguez in the second, and another base runner on an error Asdrubal Cabrera. He has struck out five so far, including Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano in the fourth inning.

Making his first start for the Yankees since April 14, Phil Hughes ran into trouble during the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff walk by Michael Brantley and an Asdrubal Cabrera single put Travis Hafner in position to hit an RBI single. A wild pitch by Hughes and throwing error by Russell Martin allowed Asdrubal Cabrera to score.

For more on the Yankees, check out Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York. Head over to Let's Go Tribe and SB Nation Cleveland for more on the Indians.

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