Derek Jeter passes Yaz on hits list

Updated: July 29, 2014, 12:06 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved ahead of Carl Yastrzemski and into seventh place on baseball's all-time hits list with three hits off Yu Darvish in the first seven innings of Monday night's 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

"You know, it's quite an accomplishment," Jeter said. "It's tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I'm pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I'll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was. But yeah, any time you talk about a list of all-time great players its pretty special."

The Yankees' 40-year-old captain accomplished the feat with a quintessential Jeter single: a drive into right field off an inside-out swing with two outs and a runner on first base in the seventh inning. The hit was the 3,420th of Jeter's 20-year major league career, which puts him 10 hits behind No. 6 on the list, Honus Wagner. That will likely be the last hurdle Jeter can clear before his retirement at the end of this season; the player in fifth place, Tris Speaker, is 94 hits ahead, with 3,514.

Earlier in the game, Jeter had tied Yastrzemski with a ground-rule double, a line drive that bounced into the stands in distant right-center field in the third inning.

"It's been neat to watch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's passed a lot of people; you think about the doubles, he broke that last week, and then you move up on the all-time hit list. He's been amazing."

Asked before the game to recall his favorite memories in the ballpark now called Global Life Park, Jeter said, "We've had some battles here in the postseason. Early in my career, on the way to the World Series, we had to go through some tough Texas teams. That's what stands out the most.''

Now Jeter has a regular-season moment in Texas to remember as well.

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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