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Justin Verlander wanted no part of Alex Rodriguez's historic 3,000th hit

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees follows through

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees follows through on career hit No. 3,000, a first-inning home run, against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on Friday, June 19, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

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."

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."

Verlander wishes he wasn't.


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