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Alex Rodriguez gets career hits 2,998 and 2,999

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez bats

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez bats against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Alex Rodriguez moved to within one hit of 3,000 for his career on Thursday night when he recorded two hits in the Yankees' 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium.

In the first inning, A-Rod put the 2-1 pitch from Mat Latos into centerfield for an RBI single to give him career hit 2,998. He then ripped another single through the right side of the infield during the fifth inning for hit number 2,999.

His first attempt at 3,000 came with two outs in the sixth inning. He flew out to rightfield on the first pitch to end the inning.

Marlins reliever Sam Dyson walked A-Rod on four inside pitches with no outs in the eighth inning in his second attempt at the milestone.

Rodriguez soon will become the 29th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 hits. He would be the second to do it while wearing a Yankees uniform. Derek Jeter was the first, with all 3,465 of his career hits coming with the Yankees. Rodriguez recorded his first 966 hits with the Seattle Mariners in seven seasons, then 569 in three seasons with the Texas Rangers, giving him 1,535 when he came to the Yankees in 2004.

This has been somewhat of a milestone season for A-Rod as he returned from a season-long suspension in 2014 for his involvement with Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs.

On May 7, Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth on MLB's career home run list with 661. He entered Thursday's game with 666. On June 13, Rodriguez became the second player in MLB history to reach 2,000 career RBI, trailing only Hank Aaron at 2,297. MLB first started tracking runs batted in as a statistic in 1920.

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