Derek Jeter goes streakin'... again

September, 21, 2010
9/21/10
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JeterOn September 11, there were multiple reports that Derek Jeter had a 300-swing practice session with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long the day after going 1-7 in a game.

Since then, Jeter has at least one hit in each of the Yankees 10 games, going 13-for-38 (.342) in that stretch, including a 2-for-5 effort in Tuesday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays. It's the 42nd 10-game hit streak in Jeter's career, both the most among active players and the most in Yankees history.

The next three Yankees on that list? Lou Gehrig with 39 10-game hit streaks, then Joe DiMaggio with 31 and Babe Ruth with 29.

The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that Jeter's 42 10-game hit streaks ties him for the fifth-most in the World Series era, dating back to 1903.

Another way to look at it, which gives a player credit for a 20-game hit streak as a pair of 10-game streaks (so not to penalize a player with a lengthy hit streak), is that Jeter has 44 "distinct" 10-game hit streaks, tied for 10th-most in that same span with Ichiro Suzuki. It puts him in similarly legendary company.

Every other player who has had at least 42 10-game hit streaks in their career is now in the Hall of Fame.

In other early MLB notes Tuesday:

Roy Halladay became the first 20-game winner for the Philadelphia Phillies since Steve Carlton in 1982 with his win over the Braves. The only teams that have gone longer since their last 20-game winner are the Padres and Nationals/Expos. The Padres' last 20-game winner was Gaylord Perry in 1978, the last for the Nationals/Expos was Ross Grimsley, also in 1978.

Jim Thome hit his 25th homer for the Minnesota Twins, his 14th career season with at least 25. He's the ninth player in MLB history with at least 14 seasons of 25 homers. Only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson and Babe Ruth have more.

Phil Hughes became just the fifth Yankee to win at least 17 games in a season before turning 25. He's the first to do it since Andy Pettitte won 21 in 1996.

• The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals for their first four-game win streak of the season. That leaves the Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals as the only teams without a four-game win streak this season. The Bucs also improved to 37-39 at home this season, opposed to 15-59 on the road.

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