In the Hollywood-like story that was Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, David Price played a leading role. "They're going to make a movie about that," he said before Friday night's game, "and I'm going to be in it."

And if they ever make a sequel about Alex Rodriguez, Justin Verlander will play Price's role.

A-Rod homered off Verlander for his 3,000th hit in a 7-2 win over the Tigers Friday night.

That means 40 percent of the Tigers' rotation has allowed a 3,000th hit to a Yankee. In July 2011, Jeter homered off Price for his 3,000th hit, becoming the first Yankee to reach the hallowed milestone.

Price was happy to be a part of history. Verlander does not share his enthusiasm.

"We have differing views on it," he said. "I don't ever want to give up a hit. I definitely don't want to be part of the history that way. But hats off to him."

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Rodriguez swung at Verlander's first pitch and deposited it in the seats in rightfield.

"I wasn't really sure if he'd be swinging early or not," Verlander said. "In retrospect, I think he was trying to get 3,000 out of the way."

Verlander wouldn't comment on how he views Rodriguez's milestone, given his history and use of performance-enhancing drugs. "I'm not touching that," he said.

Price, who signed a deal with Steiner Sports to autograph memorabilia related to Jeter's 3,000th hit, was asked if he thought A-Rod's would be as meaningful. "No, I don't," he said. " . . . I think the fact that Jeter spent his entire career here and got all those hits in the biggest stage in baseball wearing pinstripes for the New York Yankees . . . makes it really special.

"I don't have any regrets," he added. "I was happy to be a part of it."

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Verlander wishes he wasn't.