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06/03/09 12:47 AM ET

Jeter scores 1,500th career run

Yankees captain fourth active player to reach milestone

NEW YORK -- When Derek Jeter crossed home plate in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 12-3 win on Tuesday night, the New York captain made history.

Jeter's run, which was charged to Rangers starter Vicente Padilla, marked the 1,500th of his career. Jeter is just the fourth active player to reach the milestone, joining Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr., the Mets' Gary Sheffield and teammate Alex Rodriguez.

Ironically, it was Rodriguez who pushed Jeter across the plate, as A-Rod's hustle -- and Mark Teixeira's slide into second base -- avoided an inning-ending double play and allowed Jeter to score.

"Everything that he's doing, he's playing at a very high level," manager Joe Girardi said of Jeter. "He is really, really good right now."

Jeter went 3-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday night, and the fourth-inning free pass is what eventually allowed him to score. The run gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead and was part of a seven-run inning.

"He's going to look to swing at a good pitch, and because he is a dangerous hitter, he is going to take some walks," Girardi said. "Because people are going to be careful with him."

Since moving to the leadoff spot this year, Jeter has been an offensive weapon setting the table for the Yankees' lineup. He recorded his seventh consecutive multihit game on Tuesday night, matching the longest such streak of his career. He has also hit safely in leading off the first inning in 10 of his past 12 games.

Tuesday's milestone also puts Jeter among an elite trio of Yankees legends. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle all scored 1,500 runs while in pinstripes.

Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.