Rays-Yankees rained out; Jeter’s pursuit delayed

The game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays

scheduled for Friday night has been postponed because of rain,

delaying Derek Jeter’s pursuit of 3,000 hits.

The game will be made up Sept. 22. The rainout gives Jeter, with

2,998 career hits, just two games to reach the mark at Yankee

Stadium before the All-Star break.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo says the team proposed playing a

doubleheader on Saturday, but the Rays turned it down. By rule,

both clubs get a say on whether to add a game for a

doubleheader.

Jeter said earlier that he was pulling himself from next week’s

All-Star game. The shortstop says he wants to rest his injured

calf.