Derek Jeter went 4-for-5 with a homer last night, passing Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie and moving into a tie with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for 12th place on the all-time hits list with 3,255.
Next up on the list is Willie Mays with 3,283 hits, so Jeter is likely just a couple weeks from passing Mays and moving into 11th place.
And there’s an outside chance he could also move past Eddie Collins, who ranks 10th with 3,315 hits. Jeter has averaged 1.4 hits per game so far this season and the Yankees have 40 games left, so if Jeter plays every game and maintains that exact pace he’d add another 56 hits to give him 3,311.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.