Derek Jeter has marks to shoot for in final season

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Not that he ever seemed particularly motivated by personal milestones, but any dream of 4,000 hits and a run at Pete Rose died for Derek Jeter when he suffered a fractured ankle in the 2012 postseason. Never healthy in 2013, he played in just 17 games due to a quad injury and continued soreness in the ankle. Now he says his age-40 season will be his last, and just how much he’ll be able to play in 2014 remains unclear. The hope is that he’ll be an effective regular while playing shortstop and DHing on occasion. But that remains to be seen.

While Jeter will be gunning for a sixth World Series ring and not any round numbers this year, his career totals are coming into focus. The future Hall of Famer currently ranks 10th all-time in hits, 13th in runs scored and 29th in total bases. Let’s see how much higher he can go:

Hits
1. Pete Rose – 4,256
2. Ty Cobb – 4,189
3. Hank Aaron – 3,771
4. Stan Musial – 3,630
5. Tris Speaker – 3,514
6. Cap Anson – 3,435
7. Honus Wagner – 3,420
8. Carl Yastrzemski – 3,419
9. Paul Molitor – 3,319
10. Derek Jeter – 3,316

Before the ankle injury, Jeter seemed like a good bet to end up third on the career list. Now, he’s probably going to finish sixth with a relatively healthy season. He’s 120 hits away from moving past Anson at 3,435. At his career rate, Jeter averages 120 hits in 95 games played. Of course, he’s probably not the same .312 hitter now that he’s been over the course of his career, but as long as he plays in 110 games or so, he should top Anson.

Fifth place isn’t completely out of reach, but it would require quite a last hurrah, as he needs 199 hits to pass Speaker. He did have 216 hits just two years ago in 2012. However, it’s hard to imagine him starting the 150 or so games he’d need to have any chance of collecting 200 hits this season.

Runs scored
7. Willie Mays – 2,062
8. Cap Anson – 1,999
9. Stan Musial – 1,949
10. Alex Rodriguez – 1,919
11. Lou Gehrig – 1,888
12. Tris Speaker – 1,882
13. Derek Jeter – 1,876

Jeter needs just 44 runs scored to finish this season in the top 10, but to stay there, he’ll also likely have to pass Musial by scoring 74 runs. That’s because the suspended Rodriguez still figures to add to his total before he’s done.

Total bases
19. Mel Ott – 5,041
20. Jimmie Foxx – 4,956
21. Ted Williams – 4,884
22. Honus Wagner – 4,870
23. Paul Molitor – 4,854
24. Al Kaline – 4,852
25. Reggie Jackson – 4,834
26. Manny Ramirez – 4,826
27. Andre Dawson – 4,787
28. Chipper Jones – 4,755
29. Derek Jeter – 4,739

Jeter needs 261 total bases to become the 20th player all-time with 5,000, but that’s going to be a tough one. He’s averaged 1.82 total bases per game over the course of his career, so 261 amounts to 143 games worth of production from him. And, again, he’s probably not going to be quite the player he used to be. Jeter should at least pass Wagner to become the  No. 2 shortstop on the list. Cal Ripken Jr. is at 5,168. A-Rod, at 5,480, could still be considered a shortstop, too, but he’s one season away from having played more games at third base than his original position.

One other thing Jeter figures to do this season is pass Luis Aparicio for second place on the games played list at shortstop. Omar Vizquel is the all-time leader at 2,709, following by Aparicio at 2,581 and Jeter at 2,544. He’s already the leader for hits by a shortstop.

Anthony Alford to miss 4-6 weeks following wrist surgery

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Blue Jays’ outfielder Anthony Alford will miss at least 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left wrist, the team announced on Saturday. Alford was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier in the week after sustaining a left hamate fracture on a foul pitch, and could miss significant time in what looks to be a lengthy rehab process. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the procedure has been scheduled for next week and will be performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona.

Alford, 22, was called up to the majors from Double-A New Hampshire last Friday. He went hitless in his first three outings, finally catching a break against the Brewers on Tuesday when he pinch-hit a leadoff double in the seventh. The injury occurred two innings later when Alford fouled off a pitch in the ninth inning, fracturing his wrist in the process.

Alford will join eight other players on the Blue Jays’ disabled list, including outfielders Steve Pearce (calf strain), Dalton Pompey (concussion) and Darrell Cecillani (partial shoulder dislocation). He’s expected to be replaced by 24-year-old outfield prospect Dwight Smith Jr.

Stephen Strasburg hit a new career high today

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Good luck getting a hit against the Nationals this weekend. Stephen Strasburg followed Max Scherzer‘s 13-strikeout performance on Friday with a dazzling outing of his own on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander whiffed a career-best 15 batters in seven innings, allowing just three hits and a walk in the Nats’ 3-0 win.

It took Strasburg several innings to get into a groove after pitching into (and out of) a jam in the first inning. The Padres loaded the bases with Allen Cordoba‘s leadoff single, a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman and a four-pitch walk to Cory Spangenberg. By the third, Strasburg was cruising, striking out the side on 18 pitches and keeping the Padres off the basepaths until the sixth. He recorded his 15th and final strikeout in the seventh inning, catching Padres’ prospect Franchy Cordero swinging on a 1-2 pitch to effectively end his outing.

While 15 strikeouts set a new career record for the Nationals’ ace, he came close to reaching the mark twice before. The first time, he struck out 14 of 24 batters during his major league debut against the 2010 Pirates, though the 5-2 win did little more than keep the Nationals neck-and-neck with the Marlins at the bottom of the NL East. Five years later, he tied his 14-strikeout record against the 2015 Phillies, tossing a one-hitter in eight innings to cement his ninth victory of the season.

The only one who doesn’t seem overly enthused by the new record? Strasburg himself, who told MLB.com’s Jamal Collier and AJ Cassavell: “It’s pretty cool, but there’s another game five, six days from now. I’ll enjoy it tonight, but back to work tomorrow.”