Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Jeter passes Ruth for second on Yankees' hits list with No. 2,519
ESPN.com news services
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Derek Jeter singled in the first inning Tuesday night, passing Babe Ruth for second place on the New York Yankees' career hits list.
Jeter sent an 0-2 pitch from Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ervin Santana into left field for his 2,519th hit. Only Lou Gehrig (2,721) has more hits in a Yankees uniform.
"It sounds funny," said Jeter after the Yankees' 7-1 win. "Anytime you're mentioned in the same sentence as players like that it makes you feel weird. You play long enough and you're consistent enough, you're going to make things happen. I've been fortunate."
An official scoring change took away Jeter's triple in the sixth and charged Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. with a three-base error. Jeter added a single in the seventh.
Jeter has 1,260 hits at Yankee Stadium, nine shy of Gehrig's record, with 10 games remaining there.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.