Sunday, August 2, 2015

Touch 'Em All: Jeter moves into ninth on hit list

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The Yankees´ Derek Jeter. (Seth Wenig/AP)
The Yankees' Derek Jeter. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Derek Jeter moved into ninth place on the all-time hits list with an infield single during the third inning of Tuesday's New York Yankees game against the Chicago White Sox.

With the 3,314th hit of his career, Jeter surpassed Eddie Collins to take hold of the ninth spot. If Jeter stays healthy, he should soon pass Paul Molitor (3,319) for eighth on the list. Pete Rose owns the most hits in major league history with 4,256.

Jeter, 39, picked up the hit Tuesday off White Sox starter Chris Sale on a ground ball toward the middle. Second baseman Gordon Beckham made a diving stop on the ball, but Jeter was too quick to first.

There is disagreement about how many hits Collins actually had. He is credited with 3,313 hits by the official statisticians of Major League Baseball, but there are some that believe that Collins was shortchanged two hits because of a record-keeper's error.

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  • Collins played from 1906-1930 for two teams, the Philadelphia A's and the White Sox.

     

    Puig on the pine

    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was out of the starting lineup a day after he aggravated a right knee strain.

    Puig was slated to take batting practice before Tuesday night's game at Colorado, but manager Don Mattingly said the Cuban slugger would not play against the Rockies.

    "He's not really a guy that plays half speed very well," Mattingly said. "Once he gets out there and feels like he can turn it loose, then we'll turn him loose."

    Puig is batting .351 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in 80 games in his first season in the majors. He remains day to day.

     

    Playboy snake fighter

     

    HardballTalk.com picked up on baseball-reference.com's Charlie Manuel page devoted to his Japanese phase. He went by "Chuck" while playing in Japan from 1976 to 1981, and put up some Mothra-size stats. From 1977-80 he hit .320 with an average of 42 homers per season.

    And then there's this:

    "The media fed off of Chuck's playboy lifestyle, where his escapades allegedly started early in the evening and concluded right up to the pregame warm-ups. He even was pictured in Japanese comic books, using his bat to fight giant snakes," the page says.

     

     

    - Inquirer wire services

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