New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter continued his assault on the record books Monday night, using a three-hit performance against the Texas Rangers to move into seventh place on MLB's all-time hits list, per ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews.
Jeter had three hits and a walk in four plate appearances against Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish, bringing the veteran shortstop's career total to 3,420 hits, one ahead of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (3,419).
Jeter singled to left field in the first inning and doubled in the third to tie Yastrzemski, before breaking the tie with a seventh-inning single. He registered a fifth-inning walk between the second and third hits, and later made the game's final out in the top of the ninth.
The Yankee captain is having a solid year in this, his 20th and final MLB season. He has a .278 batting average and .333 on-base percentage through 93 games, albeit with only two home runs, 27 RBI and 34 runs. His career batting average stands at .311 entering Tuesday's game against the Rangers, meaning he'll retire with a mark well above .300.
Jeter started the season in ninth place on the all-time hits list with 3,316 and has added an additional 104 to pass Paul Molitor (3,319) and Yastrzemski (3,419).
The next mark on Jeter's hits list is Honus Wagner, who is currently in sixth place with 3,430, according to MLB.com. There is a bit of a discrepancy in the record-keeping, as Baseball-Reference.com lists Wagner with 3,420 career hits, which would put the two legendary shortstops on equal footing, at least for another day or two.
Either way, barring a serious injury within the next week or two, Jeter will eventually hold down the No. 6 spot.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless specifically noted otherwise.
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