Derek Jeter now 9th on hits list

NEW YORK -- 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.

"It is pretty amazing what he has accomplished," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, he will continue to move up."

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. In the eighth, Jeter added another single during the Yankees' five-run eighth inning in their 6-4 comeback win over the White Sox.

"You can't say enough great things about what he has meant to this organization," Girardi said.

Jeter finished the night 2-for-3 and is hitting .224 on the season. He did not speak to reporters after the game.

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

Collins played for 25 years from 1906-1930 for two teams, the Philadelphia A's and the White Sox.

In Jeter's first at-bat, he got nailed on his left calf by Sale. Yankees trainer Steve Donohue darted out of the dugout, but Jeter shooed him away, saying he was fine, not wanting Donohue to examine too much further.

Jeter's year has been derailed by injuries. On Tuesday, he played in just his 13th game of the season because of offseason ankle surgery. He has also been put on the disabled list with calf and quad strains.

Jeter has no plans to retire any time soon. This offseason, he can either pick up a $9.5 million option or opt for free agency with the goal of re-signing with the Yankees for more.