With ground-rule double, Jeter ties Aaron's hit record
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ONTO -- With an RBI ground-rule double in the sixth inning of Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays, Derek Jeter joined Hall of Famer Hank Aaron as the only two players in Major League history to record at least 150 hits in 17 consecutive seasons.
Jeter's run began in his rookie season in 1996 when he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. In seven of the 17 seasons, Jeter has recorded 200-plus hits and is on pace to reach that total again in 2012.
"What he has done in the game goes without saying," Jeter said of Aaron. "I just had to be consistent. You play every year and you hopefully try to stay away from major injuries and be consistent day-in and day-out.
"So yeah, I'm proud of it."
The 13-time All-Star has had many famous hits in his career -- both regular season and postseason -- and one of them came in 2011 when he became the 28th player in Major League history to record 3,000 hits with a home run off Rays left-hander David Price.
Jeter is the AL leader in hits with 150 and is batting .315 on the year.
"You have to take pride in playing every day, which I have always tried to do," said Jeter, who ranks 14th on the all-time list. "You have to be fortunate, too. Injuries are a part of the game. I have been fortunate up until this point."
Other than in 2001, when Jeter dislocated his shoulder sliding into third base, and last year, when he was forced to the disabled list with a calf strain, he has stayed healthy throughout his career.
The Yankees' captain has played in at least 145 games in every season since 1996 with the exception of those two years.
Aaron accomplished the feat from 1955-71 as a member of the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.