NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's leadoff single in the ninth inning of Saturday's 7-3 win over the Mets moved him one step closer to 3,000 hits, but his ensuing efforts on the basepaths are what entered him into a different kind of Yankees lore.
Jeter notched his 326th career stolen base, tying Rickey Henderson for the most in franchise history. Jeter stole second with Curtis Granderson batting, and he ended up scoring two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Mark Teixeira.
"It's hard to believe. Rickey was only here what? A year-and-a-half?" Jeter said with a laugh. "But if you play long enough and try to be consistent, I guess good things happen."
Henderson, who stole a Major League-record 1,406 bases during his 25-year career, appeared in 596 games for the Yankees from 1985-89.
Jeter's third steal of the year was part of a 2-for-4 night for the captain, who also scored two runs in his 2,337th game for the Yankees. He is 27 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.
"What can't you say about Jeet?" reliever David Robertson said. "He's a captain, he's an unbelievable player and I hope he keeps breaking records."