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Jeter plays 100th postseason game
10/06/2004 12:30 AM ET
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter joined the exclusive century club on Tuesday, becoming the third player in Major League history to play in 100 postseason games.

Only David Justice and Bernie Williams have appeared in more postseason games than Jeter. Justice holds the record with 112, while Williams suited up on Tuesday for his 105th career playoff game.

Jeter and Williams both went 1-for-4 in the 2-0, Game 1 loss to the Twins.

"I went through my whole career without experiencing this, and he's gone through his whole career experiencing nothing other than this," said manager Joe Torre, who has managed all 100 of Jeter's playoff games. "I'm even jealous of that."

Jeter hasn't just played in the playoffs, he's performed at a high level in almost every one of them. The shortstop's career postseason batting average is .313, including a .364 mark in Division Series play, and his 124 hits in the postseason are the most in Major League history.

Jeter's Yankees have won 66 of his first 99 games, a remarkable .667 winning percentage. New York is 16-4 in Jeter's 20 postseason series, winning 14 of 15 series from 1996-2001. But since losing the 2001 World Series, Jeter has enjoyed wins in just two of his last five playoff series, losing in the World Series twice and the Division Series once.

"He likes it more. He seems to enjoy this whole competition," Torre said. "It's great to watch him salivate over the competition. You have to be born with that."

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