Thursday, September 20, 2012
Record-book sweep: Age can't slow NY vets
By ESPN Stats & Information
Al Bello/Getty ImagesDerek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and Andy Pettitte are a combined 116 years old. But the three New York Yankees veterans contributed to two key wins in a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays to keep the Yankees atop the AL East.
Derek Jeter (left) got his 200th hit of the season on Wednesday, while Ichiro Suzuki (right) had seven hits in the doubleheader.
Jeter got his 200th hit of the season during Game 2.
He’s the seventh player in MLB history with eight separate seasons of 200 hits. Only Ichiro (10), Pete Rose (10) and Ty Cobb (9) have more 200-hit seasons. Jeter’s eight 200-hit seasons tie Lou Gehrig for the most in Yankees history.
Jeter is the 6th-oldest player to reach 200 hits in a season and the oldest since Paul Molitor in 1996.
Jeter’s hitting streak now stands at 13 games, tied for his second-best hitting streak this season (his best is a 15-gamer in April).
Jeter entered the day hitting .382 when leading off in the first inning, best of anyone in MLB (min. 25 PA)
In Game 2, Ichiro Suzuki became the second Yankees player in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) with at least four hits and four stolen bases in a game. Rickey Henderson did it on April 11, 1988 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
It was Ichiro's second career four-hit, four-stolen base game.
The only other players in the Live Ball Era with two such career games are Kenny Lofton, Rickey Henderson and Carl Crawford.
Ichiro is the first Yankees player with at least seven hits in a doubleheader since Dave Winfield had 7 on September 18, 1983 against the Cleveland Indians, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
With his 244th career win in Game 1, Pettitte tied Jack Powell for 50th on the all-time MLB wins list. Pettitte, who was tied with Juan Marichal, has the most wins among active pitchers.
Pettitte is now tied with Waite Hoyt with 32 regular-season wins after August 31, the third-most in Yankees history. Only Whitey Ford and Ron Guidry have more.