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Jeter now among legends

PRO BASEBALL Derek Jeter of the NY Yankees got his 2,000th career hit when beat out a roller in front of home plate in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals and advanced to second when catcher Paul Bako threw the ball away for an error


Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd after his fourth inning base hit against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York Friday. The hit was the 2,000th of his career. Kansas City defeated New York 7-6.


Derek Jeter got his 2,000th career hit Friday, becoming the eighth player in New York Yankees history to reach the milestone.

With the Yankee Stadium crowd chanting his name, Jeter tipped his cap twice as he stood on second base. He stole third on the next pitch and scored New York's first run on Alex Rodriguez's single.

The Yankees lost 7-6.

"I know he had to be uncomfortable having to tip his cap," manager Joe Torre said.

"It's too bad we couldn't cap it off for him with a win."

Jeter felt the same way.

"A hit's a hit," he said. "But we should have won this game. We had some opportunities to score. We let a couple of opportunities slip away."

Jeter said he appreciated the crowd's reaction, but was more concerned about winning the game.

"Personal accolades, you look back when your career is over, when the season is over," he said.

Jeter finished the night with two hits, two walks and a souvenir baseball.

for mom

"I'm sure my mom will want it," he said.

Angel Berroa hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning, Andrew Sisco escaped a jam in the ninth and Kansas City stopped its 13-game losing streak by holding off New York.

The Yankees had won 14 straight home games against Kansas City since Aug. 6, 2002.

Reggie Sanders homered to help the Royals improve to 3-20 on the road and 11-35 overall, the worst record in the major leagues. Scott Elarton, who questioned his teammates' desire to win last weekend, earned his first victory of the season.

Leading by two after the top of the ninth, Kansas City had to wait out a rain delay of 1 hour, 48 minutes before closing this one out.

Gary Sheffield's RBI single off Joe Nelson cut it to 7-6 and put runners at the corners, but Sisco got Jason Giambi to ground into a game-ending double play for his first career save.

Yankee lore

* The 31-year-old Jeter is in his 12th major league season

* The other players to get 2,000 hits for the Yankees are Lou Gehrig (2,721), Babe Ruth (2,518), Mickey Mantle (2,415), Bernie Williams (2,255), Joe DiMaggio (2,214), Don Mattingly (2,153) and Yogi Berra (2,148)

Blue Jays 8, White Sox 2

At Toronto, Troy Glaus homered and made three plays in his first major league start at shortstop, and Alex Rios homered and had three hits in the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

Vernon Wells and Reed Johnson also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won five of six.

The 1.96-meter (6-foot-5) Glaus cleanly fielded two grounders and caught a popup in his 11th career appearance at shortstop and first since June 6, 2002, with the Angels.

Ted Lilly (5-4) rebounded from his shortest outing of the season. He allowed two runs and five hits while striking out seven and walking four in 6 1-3 innings.

Freddy Garcia (7-2) failed to win his eighth straight decision. He allowed five runs and 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Twins 3, Mariners 1

At Minneapolis, rookie Francisco Liriano outpitched fellow young gun Felix Hernandez, and Joe Mauer homered to lead Minnesota past Seattle.

Fans got a glimpse into the future when two of the hottest prospects in baseball squared off, and neither team should be disappointed with what they saw.

The 22-year-old Liriano (3-0) pitched five scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing four hits against the Mariners' beleaguered offense. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Hernandez (3-6) has struggled much of this season after a sensational debut as a 19-year-old in 2005, but looked sharp for most of Friday night. He gave up three runs and five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Tigers 8, Indians 3

At Detroit, Curtis Granderson drove in a career-high five runs and Detroit beat Cleveland for its seventh straight win.

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