TORONTO — Derek Jeter logged career hits No. 3,319 and 3,320 on Sunday against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, passing Paul Molitor (3,319) to claim sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list.
The pair of singles to right field off Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison, coming in the third and fourth innings, also moved Jeter into fourth place on the all-time American League hits list.
Molitor, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, collected his hit total over a 21-year career with the Brewers, Blue Jays and Twins from 1978-1998.
After Molitor, the next name on both lists is Carl Yastrzemski, who logged 3,419 hits with the Red Sox from 1961-1983 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Brett Gardner LF
CC Sabathia LHP (0-1, 9.00)
|BLUE JAYS (3-3)
Melky Cabrera CF
Drew Hutchison RHP (1-0, 0.00)
Michael Pineda has never thrown an official pitch in a Yankees uniform, something that will finally change this afternoon. Pineda is making his first start for the club, having come all the way back from right labrum surgery to win the fifth starter competition this spring. Pineda may not throw as hard as he once did with the Mariners, where he was a 2011 All-Star, but he believes that his slider and changeup are better than they ever were with Seattle. Pineda was electric for a lot of this spring, and it will be fun to see what the Blue Jays have to say about it here at Rogers Centre.
The game is on YES and WFAN. Here are the quick hits you need to know, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department.:
AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play the second game of a three-game series at Toronto… is the fifth game of a six-game road trip that also included a season-opening three-game series at Houston (went 1-2)… following this road trip, return home for a 10-day, nine-game homestand vs. Baltimore (Mon.-Wed.), vs. Boston (4/10-13) and vs. Chicago-NL (4/15-16)… will play 18 of their first 31 games at home.
>> The Yankees have come from behind in both of their wins this season.
>> Yankees batters have not homered in their first four games of the season for just the second time since 1976 (also 1990)… since 1923, have started just four seasons without a homer through their first five games (1990-7G, 1975-6G, 1964-5G, 1938-5G).
CURTAIN CALL: SS Derek Jeter leads all active MLB players and is the Yankees franchise leader with 3,318 career hits… needs just 1H to tie Paul Molitor (3,319) for eighth place on MLB’s all-time hits list and fourth place on the all-time AL hits list.
JUST GETTING STARTED: RHP Masahiro Tanaka made his Major League debut on Friday at Toronto, starting and earning the win (7.0IP, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, 1HR)… became just the third pitcher in the last 15 seasons (since 2000) to strike out at least eight batters without allowing any walks in his Major League debut (also Washington’s Stephen Strasburg on 6/8/10 vs. Pittsburgh, 14K/0BB; and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto on 4/3/08 vs. Arizona, 10K/0BB)… the only other Yankee to accomplish the feat since 1914 is Rich Beck on 9/14/65 at Washington (8K/0BB).
The lineups for both clubs:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Michael Pineda RHP
|BLUE JAYS (2-3)
Melky Cabrera LF
R.A. Dickey RHP
The Yankees have placed Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Austin Romine has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Kelly Johnson will be the Yankees’ regular first baseman while Teixeira is out. Joe Girardi said that he could also use Dean Anna, Francisco Cervelli and Yangervis Solarte at first base as backups.
Even with all of their offseason remodeling, the Yankees never came up with a concrete plan to prepare for losing Mark Teixeira from their lineup for an extended period of time.
Four games into the regular season, they may be forced to scramble for a ‘Plan B.’ Teixeira strained his right hamstring in the second inning of the Yankees’ 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, and while Teixeira hopes to avoid the disabled list, he said that he is “not super optimistic about it.”
“I definitely don’t want to go on the DL,” Teixeira said. “I’m really hoping that [Saturday] morning, I wake up, we go through some stuff with the doctors, and it feels good. But we’ll see.”
Teixeira said that he has been scheduled to have an MRI on Monday in New York. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira would be re-evaluated on Saturday morning, and suggested that the club’s travel schedule – they did not make it to Toronto from Houston until 6 a.m. ET on Friday – may have been a contributing factor.
“It kind of leaves you scrambling a little bit,” Girardi said. “Why it happens, and there’s always those concerns. Today before the game started, my concern was fatigue for guys. We don’t ever know why a guy gets hurt, but I was concerned about tonight.”
The injury occurred when Teixeira pursued a foul ball during the second inning, reaching for the back of his right leg. He gestured to the Yankees’ dugout and briefly spoke with Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue on the field before coming out of the game.
“I knew it was going to be foul, but I went and caught it anyway,” Teixeira said. “I just took an awkward step, and when I landed, I felt a grab in my hamstring. It wasn’t one of those excruciating, fall to the ground because of the pain [injuries], but it was significant enough that I knew something was wrong.”
Teixeira also strained his right hamstring in Game 4 of the 2010 American League Championship Series, effectively ending his season. At the time, the Yankees estimated a six-to-eight week recovery period, based upon the severity of that Grade 2 strain.
Teixeira said that Friday’s injury did not feel as severe, but he is frustrated after being limited to just 15 games last year by a right wrist injury that required season-ending surgery.
“It’s just really disappointing, because this whole Spring Training, my legs have felt really good,” Teixeira said. “No problems doing anything, and it’s just a weird thing.”
With Teixeira out of the lineup, Kelly Johnson may be pressed into more duty at first base. Johnson worked out this spring at first base and replaced Teixeira there after Friday’s injury, but he spent more time this spring getting reps at third base, where he was expected to be the regular starter in Alex Rodriguez’s absence.
“It’s day to day,” Johnson said. “I’m going to get more comfortable as I play more over there, just like anything. Not too bad. [First base is] a lot more similar to third than it is to second. Getting over there at third and getting to first is not too bad.”
The Yankees had Alfonso Soriano take ground balls at first base this spring, but abandoned the experiment, saying that there was not enough time to make him a serviceable option. They also talked about Russ Canzler as a potential backup first base option this spring; Canzler is at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is not on the 40-man roster.