Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with a single yesterday and in doing so surpassed Tony Gwynn on the all-time hit list, moving into a tie with Robin Yount for 17th place with 3,142 hits.
Next up is Paul Waner with 3,152, followed by George Brett with 3,154 and Cal Ripken Jr. with 3,184. If healthy Jeter should be able to pass all three easily by the end of the season even if his batting average falls significantly from his current .372 mark.
And if he keeps hitting well over .300 he also has a chance to pass Nap Lajoie with 3,242, Eddie Murray with 3,255, and Willie Mays with 3,283.
Based on his average production during the past three seasons Jeter has notched 1.23 hits per game and the Yankees have 128 games remaining. If he plays in, say, 120 of those 128 games and gets 1.23 hits per game Jeter would amass another 147 hits this season and climb to 3,289 for his career.
That would enable him to narrowly move past Mays in late September and finish the season ranked 11th on the all-time list, with Eddie Collins at 3,315 and Paul Molitor at 3,319 in his sights for 2013.
Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz was childhood friends with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, so it was expected when Diaz took time away from the team on Monday to visit Fernandez’s family in Miami. They grew up on the same street in Cuba and played for the same youth baseball team and both would ultimately wind up playing Major League Baseball in the United States.
In the bottom of the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Reds, Diaz hit a 2-1 Robert Stephenson fastball out to left-center field for a no-doubt grand slam. Teammate Yadier Molina gave Diaz a tight hug as he crossed home plate.
Before Tuesday’s game, Diaz said that the best way to honor Fernandez was to play with his passion, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Diaz said, “I only play for [Fernandez’s] family right now.”
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The Red Sox would have clinched the AL East if one of two things happened on Tuesday night: the Red Sox themselves beat the Yankees, or the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays. Neither happened.
The Jays soundly took down the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez. Josh Donaldson went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a pair of walks and leadoff batter Ezequiel Carrera went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, an RBI single, a walk, and three runs scored.
Meanwhile, at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees outlasted the Red Sox for a 6-4 win, responding to both two-run innings the Sox had in the sixth and seventh with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. Gary Sanchez hit his 20th homer of the season. Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin also contributed dingers. Starter Luis Cessa pitched well, limiting the Sox to two runs over six innings on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Red Sox starter David Price struggled, yielding six runs in 6 1/3 innings. Yankees reliever Tyler Clippard got into trouble in the ninth inning but was able to wiggle out of trouble to finish out the game.
Once again, the Red Sox will be able to clinch the AL East on Wednesday with a win over the Yankees or a Blue Jays loss to the Orioles.