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The 35-year-old Jeter tied Gehrig's mark Wednesday night, snapping an 0-for-12 slump with three hits against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees were off Thursday, and Jeter resumed his pursuit Friday at a soggy Yankee Stadium.
The start was delayed 87 minutes by heavy rain. With cameras flashing all around the stadium on every pitch, Jeter struck out swinging against rookie Chris Tillman in the first inning.
By the third, the rain had tapered off -- and Jeter came through.
"I'm happy I was able to do it quickly," he said.
It was Jeter's 268th hit against Baltimore, his most against any opponent.
Gehrig's final hit came on April 29, 1939, a single against the Washington Senators. The Iron Horse had held the club record since Sept. 6, 1937, when he passed Babe Ruth.
Gehrig's career ended suddenly in 1939. Two years later, he died at 37 from the disease that would later bear his name.
Jeter got his first hit on May 30, 1995, at Seattle and set the Yankees mark with 14 seasons of splendid consistency. His two singles Friday night gave him 1,363 hits at home and 1,360 on the road.
"He's like a machine. He's like a robot. And that's what it takes to reach goals and win world championships," teammate Alex Rodriguez said. "I don't think he's ever played any better than he's playing right now."
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