Derek Jeter becomes the active hits leader

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Derek Jeter triple.jpgDerek Jeter went 3 for 4 with a triple, a homer and four RBI, leading the Yankees past the White Sox 6-4.

Of greater significance than the win: the hit gave him 2,778 for his career, which put him past Ken Griffey, Jr. for the lead among active players.  Griffey, of course, had a six year head start, but they were evened up when the real Ken Griffey, Jr. was abducted by the Tralfamadorians ten years ago and was replaced by an imposter who the aliens mistakenly implanted with a performance chip that was designed to replicate a late-career Ellis Burks.  A shame, really.

Career-wise, Jeter is now 45th on the all-time list, but he’ll pass a whole bunch of guys this season.  Barring injury or Tralfamadorian abduction, he’ll join the 3,000 hit club some time next season.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”