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Derek Jeter sets hits record for shortstops

SEATTLE - Derek Jeter typically prefers looking ahead rather than back, and he stayed that way Sundayafter reaching his latest milestone.

"I think I have a few more hits left in me," he said.

Jeter had three hits, breaking the record for most hits by a shortstop. He has 2,675 hits as a shortstop, two more than Luis Aparicio, and 2,688 overall.

Jeter, 35, did allow that having the most hits of any shortstop in major-league history is "kind of hard to believe," and that after growing up as a Yankees fan, he considers it special to be "part of their history."

He'll make more of it soon enough. Jeter ranks second only to Lou Gehrig (2,721) on the Yankees' all-time hit list, so he needs 34 hits in the Yankees' final 44 games. He has 153 hits in 112 games this season.

"I don't ever sit around and look back at anything that we've done," he said. "It's just more of what you can do to improve. That's what you try and do year in and year out."

Jeter broke the record in the third with a double that drove in Ramiro Peña from first base and gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. As Peña jumped up from his slide across the plate, several Yankees, led by Joe Girardi and Jorge Posada, were on the top step yelling for the historic ball. Plate umpire Mike Everitt complied. "That's really unbelievable, the things he's been able to accomplish," Girardi said. "You see names he passes . . . it's 'wow.' "

 

Days of rest

Robinson Cano was given the day off, though he did pinch hit in the seventh and deliver a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Melky Cabrera, who had played every game in centerfield since Brett Gardner went on the disabled list July 26 with a broken left thumb, also was given the day off.

 

Familiar face

Brett Tomko, designated for assignment by the Yankees July 21 and signed by the Athletics last week, will start tonight's series opener against the Yankees.

At the time of the move, made to get Sergio Mitre on the roster, Tomko was critical of the Yankees for not giving him enough of an opportunity.

"It's an interesting twist," Girardi said of the matchup. "I think we have an idea of what he's going to do. I hope our catchers really have an idea."

 

On the road again

Nick Swisher has been one Yankee who is homer-happy on the road rather than home. Of his 20 homers, 17 have come away from Yankee Stadium.

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