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Jeter's new hurdle on road to 3,000: Rain

Fans wait out a rain delay of the

Fans wait out a rain delay of the game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (June 9, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Derek Jeter's pursuit of 3,000 career hits has been documented in every fathomable way.

As newsrooms and media outlets try to plan their coverage and resources ahead of time, they hope for No. 3,000 to arrive in a deadline-friendly fashion.

But here's a new wrinkle: the weather.

- There's a 55-percent chance of precipitation in the Bronx at 6 p.m. Friday night.

- There's a 55-percent chance of precipitation in the Bronx at 7 p.m. Friday night.

- There's a 60-percent chance of precipitation in the Bronx at 8 p.m. Friday night.

- There's a 100-percent chance of precipitation in the Bronx at 9 p.m. Friday night.

That could put completion of the fifth inning in jeopardy for newspaper deadlines, the 11 o'clock news and younger fans' bedtimes. And with Jeter being dropped to No. 2 in the lineup for the game against Tampa rookie righthander Jeremy Hellickson, that's one more spot that has to come around for Jeter to get another at-bat.

What if Jeter gets two hits in his first two at-bats and then the rain comes? What if it's a huge downpour and the rest of the game has to be postponed? (Five innings equals a complete game according to MLB rules, or 4.5 innings if the home team is winning.) What would happen to Jeter's 3,000 hits?

The answer to all those questions is "Please (insert deity of your choice here), don't let that happen!" But should it occur, it makes for a very interesting Friday night for commissioner Bud Selig. Could he possibly let the game be continued on Saturday at the point it was rained out, just to preserve Jeter's milestone?

Follow @YankeesWeather on Twitter at http://twitter.com/YankeesWeather for the latest updates on tonight's game.

By the way, Jeter will not be playing in the All-Star Game next Tuesday. He made the annoucement Friday afternoon.

Update at 5:58 p.m. - None of this matters anymore because Friday night's game has been rained out.

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