Derek Jeter broke the New York Yankees’ hit record held by Lou Gehrig for more than seven decades with a single to right field during the third inning Friday night in New York.
That gave Jeter 2,722 hits, one more than Gehrig, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by illness in 1939.
Jeter’s record-breaking hit was a sharp grounder inside the first-base line. Yankees players poured out of the dugout and engulfed Jeter at first base with hugs and pats on the back.
“For those who say today’s game can’t produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter,” Yankees owner Georger Steinbrenner said in a statement.
Gehrig had held the club record since Sept. 6, 1937, when he passed Babe Ruth.
6-year-old snags ball from mound
There was a strange invader at the Tigers-Blue Jays game in Detroit — a 6-year-old boy.
At the end of the seventh inning, as the Tigers were coming onto the field to warm up, the boy jumped out of the crowd and ran to the pitcher’s mound. As his baseball cap fell off, he grabbed the ball that had been left for Tigers pitcher Brandon Lyon and raced back to the stands next to the Toronto dugout.
After a brief discussion between a security guard, a police officer and an adult male in the crowd, the boy was helped back into the stands and allowed to keep the ball.
A man who identified himself as the boy’s uncle told the police officer that the youngster had misunderstood his suggestion to go down to the railing and try to get a ball from the Toronto players.
Around the horn
San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum is encouraged that his injured back is nearly “normal” again and he hopes to pitch Monday against the Colorado Rockies. … Tampa Bay’s game at Boston was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday…. Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton received an injection for a pinched nerve in his back and won’t play until at least next weekend. … The Oakland Athletics purchased the contract of catcher Eric Munson from Triple-A Sacramento. … Baltimore Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara will miss the rest of the season because of a right elbow injury that has sidelined him since June.