Derek Jeter 8th in all-time hits

Updated: April 6, 2014, 6:45 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TORONTO -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gained sole possession of eighth place on baseball's all-time hit list with two hits in the first four innings Sunday against the Blue Jays, giving him 3,320 career hits and moving him one ahead of Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

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Gerald Herbert/NY Daily News/Getty ImagesAs a rookie in 1996, Jeter got Paul Molitor on this force play. Eighteen years later, he knocked Molitor down a peg on baseball's hit list.

Jeter tied Molitor in the third inning with a line single to right, and passed him with a ground ball up the right-field line that eluded Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

The two hits raised Jeter's early season batting average to .286; he had entered the game hitting .167 with two hits in 12 at-bats.

Jeter, who will turn 40 on June 26, has announced that this season, his 20th as a Yankee, will be his last season in baseball. He is 99 hits behind the next player on the list, Carl Yastrzemski (3,419) and 110 behind Honus Wagner, who occupies sixth place.

The Yankees won Sunday's game 6-4.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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