Derek Jeter Ties Willie Mays For 10th Place On The All-Time Hits List!!!
BOSTON (AP) — Derek Jeter didn’t let an injury stop him from tying Willie Mays for 10th place on the career hits list or helping the New York Yankees stay tied for the AL East lead.
An aching left ankle limited Jeter to the designated hitter’s role on Thursday night. But his RBI single in the seventh inning provided a cushion for Phil Hughes and helped the Yankees win consecutive games for the first time in a month with a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
New York kept pace with the Baltimore Orioles, who completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-2, 14-inning win.
Jeter’s 3,283rd hit put alongside Mays.
”It’s kind of hard to think about it now because you’re trying to win games, especially this time of year,” Jeter said, ”but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think it was special.”
And he did it ”on probably about one ankle,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”That’s who he is. He’s a fighter and he finds a way, and he gets the big hit tonight. It was impressive.”
Jeter was 0 for 3 then blooped the single to center field. With 19 games left, he has a chance to move into ninth place. He is 30 behind Eddie Collins’ 3,313.
The Yankees captain aggravated the ankle in Wednesday night’s 5-4 win when he pulled up lame lunging for first base trying to avoid a double-play grounder in the eighth.
”I’m fine,” he said. ”Everything’s good.”