Derek Jeter and his teammates pose with the special sculpture...

Derek Jeter and his teammates pose with the special sculpture given to him honoring him for his 3000th hit. (Aug. 13, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

Five weeks after Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, the Yankees came bearing gifts. As did Jeter.

In a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter's historic accomplishment July 9, the shortstop was presented a Waterford crystal vase by club president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner presented 14-karat white gold rings to Jeter and his father, Charles, and ring top pendants to his mother, Dot, and sister, Sharlee.

On behalf of the team, Jorge Posada -- before stealing the headlines with a six-RBI day -- and CC Sabathia presented Jeter a stainless steel sculpture with the inscription "To our captain, leader and friend. Congratulations on a great achievement, from your teammates'' emblazoned on the bottom.

"That statue, to get that from your teammates, that really stands out,'' Jeter said.

Posada said Jeter asked where he would put the 225-pound structure, to which Posada had an answer at the ready, referencing the sprawling mansion his close friend recently built. Said Posada, "I said you've got plenty of room in that house in Tampa.''

At the start of the ceremony, Jeter donated his batting gloves and helmet from July 9 to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

"Unbelievable,'' Posada said of the ceremony. "The trophy looked so nice on the field.''

Extra bases

The Yankees signed righthanded reliever Scott Proctor to a minor-league deal. Proctor, 11-10 with a 4.64 ERA in his first stint with the Yankees (2004-07) was 2-3 with a 6.44 ERA with the Braves. He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday . . . Curtis Granderson's homer tied him with Jose Bautista for the major-league lead with 33. He leads the majors with 107 runs, 22 more than runner-up Jacoby Ellsbury, and is one behind the Phillies' Ryan Howard in RBIs, 95-94.

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