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Girardi marvels at Jeter's AL-best hits total

DETROIT -- Derek Jeter entered play on Tuesday leading the American League and ranking third in the Majors with 142 hits, a statistic that would be notable even if the Yankees captain hadn't turned 38 this year.

"I think that is impressive," manager Joe Girardi said. "When you're leading the American League at any age, it's impressive, because there are a lot of good hitters in this league.

"Just look at the two guys that are here, [the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder]. You look at what [Jeter] did once he got by that 3,000 hits, it's just kind of carried over for him."

Since July 7 of last year, the day after his 3,000th hit was logged on a homer off the Rays' David Price, Jeter has batted .319 (227-for-712) with 11 homers and 71 RBIs.

DETROIT -- Derek Jeter entered play on Tuesday leading the American League and ranking third in the Majors with 142 hits, a statistic that would be notable even if the Yankees captain hadn't turned 38 this year.

"I think that is impressive," manager Joe Girardi said. "When you're leading the American League at any age, it's impressive, because there are a lot of good hitters in this league.

"Just look at the two guys that are here, [the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder]. You look at what [Jeter] did once he got by that 3,000 hits, it's just kind of carried over for him."

Since July 7 of last year, the day after his 3,000th hit was logged on a homer off the Rays' David Price, Jeter has batted .319 (227-for-712) with 11 homers and 71 RBIs.

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