ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSNewYork/AP) — Derek Jeter remembers the playoff games in Texas — the good and the bad. Now the Yankees captain has another milestone to go with them there.
In the opener of his last series in Texas on Monday night, Jeter took over seventh place on the MLB career hits list after three hits of Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
Jeter got a standing ovation in the first inning, then singled on the first pitch Darvish threw him. Jeter added a ground-rule double in the third for his 3,419th career hit to match Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the MLB career list, then broke that tie with a single in the seventh.
“It’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said after the 4-2 loss. “It’s tough to enjoy it when we lost the game, but I’m pretty sure when this season’s over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it is. Any time you talk about a list of all-time great players, it’s pretty special.”
Next on the MLB career list is Honus Wagner with 3,430 hits.
“It’s been neat to watch,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “He’s passed a lot of people. He’s been amazing.”
Jeter’s rookie season in 1996 ended with the Yankees winning the World Series after clinching their opening playoff series in Texas, just like they did in 1998 and 1999. Then, in 2010, the Rangers got their first AL pennant with a home win over New York in Game 6 of the AL championship series.
“We’ve had some battles here in the postseason,” Jeter said. “We played some tough Texas teams. On the way to the World Series, we had to go through some Texas teams. There was a team in particular that stopped us in our quest to go.”
The Rangers will honor Jeter in a pregame ceremony before the series finale Wednesday night. The Yankees captain has 103 hits in 71 regular-season games at Texas.
“I hear a lot of comments about him being 40 years old, but he is a winning 40-year-old player,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “You put him on the spot, and he’ll come through.”
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