Derek Jeter's hot bat has traveled with him back to the Bronx.
Jeter, who broke out of a season-long slump with a two-home run, 4-for-5 day in Texas on Sunday, hit an RBI single in the third inning of Tuesday's Yankees-Royals game, driving in Brett Gardner from third.
Jeter, who hit a well-struck groundball to the left of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar to get Gardner home, needs 39 hits to become the first Yankee to reach the 3,000 hit mark in pinstripes.
He needs two hits to tie Sam Crawford (2,963) for 29th place on baseball's all-time hits list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jeter now has ten RBI on the season and is hitting .280 after the third-inning single.