Derek Jeter took sole possession of number eight on the Major League Baseball all-time hit ranking during the New York Yankees victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
The Yankees veteran got two hits inside the first four innings to take him past Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, leaving him behind Carl Yastrzemski in seventh and Honus Wagner in sixth. A single to right in the third inning took Jeter to 3319 career hits and level with Molitor, before a ground ball along the right field line took him past the former Blue Jays star.
Jeter's 3320 takes to within 99 of Yastrzemski and 101 of Wagner, while also helping the Yankees to a 6-4 victory that saw them take the series in Toronto 2-1. That victory takes them to a 3-3 record so far this season, a mixed start that they will be hoping to improve on when they welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Yankee Stadium on Monday.
The 40-year-old shortstop has confirmed that this will be his final season in the major leagues before retirement and he has been praised for his ability to maintain such a high level of performance. Jeter recently expressed his excitement at the prospect of stepping out on to the field for what will be his last ever home opener, in what is likely to be an emotional moment.