Derek Jeter's Road To 3,000 Hits Detoured By Monsoon, Rays' Perfidy

Derek Jeter got five at-bats Thursday night against the Rays, but managed just one hit. He still seemed like a great bet to collect two more hits -- and reach 3,000, of course -- this weekend at home, but those plans have been dealt at least a glancing blow by Mother Nature, who Friday has sent to the Bronx thunderstorms that may well last throughout the evening.

Thus, Friday night's game has been canceled. A doubleheader could have been scheduled for Saturday, but the Rays -- in a move that's sure to be reviled in New York -- reportedly voted (as is their right) against playing two games in one day. So the Rays and Yankees will play only two more games before the All-Star break ... and after the All-Star break, the Yankees head to Toronto.

If Jeter's going to reach the magical number at home, he's got two games to get two hits. Which is certainly do-able, but the Yankees will be facing David Price on Saturday afternoon, and James Shields on Sunday. So this might be a close-run thing.

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