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Yankees rained out; Jeter stalled at 2,998 hits

Derek Jeter stands at third base in the

Derek Jeter stands at third base in the first inning. (July 7, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

Friday night's Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to rain.

The news further delays Derek Jeter's pursuit of 3,000 hits.

Jeter collected his 2,998th career hit Thursday night on a double off Rays starter Jeff Niemann. He would become the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club. 

In his career, Jeter has 268 career hits against the Rays, fourth most against any team. He has collected his most hits off the Orioles (303).

The shortstop's march toward 3,000 hits was previously put on hold for several weeks due to injury. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He's gone 4-for-18 with two RBIs and one run scored since returning.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 22. According to Erik Boland's Twitter account, a source told Boland that the Yankees voted to play the game Saturday as part of a doubleheader, but the Rays voted against a doubleheader.

Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.13 ERA) was scheduled to take the hill for the Yankees. Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21 ERA) was the Rays scheduled starter.

Jeter has one hit in his career off Hellickson.

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