First-inning double moves Jeter past Ripken

First-inning double moves Jeter past Ripken

First-inning double moves Jeter past Ripken
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter wasted little time in continuing his climb up the all-time hits list during Friday's 14-7 loss to the White Sox, passing Cal Ripken Jr. for sole possession of 13th place with a first-inning double off White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

Jeter sent the second pitch he saw sharply down the third-base line and into the left-field corner for a stand-up double as hit No. 3,185 of his career.

"Congratulations to Derek on passing me on the all-time hits list," Ripken said in a statement. "Derek has been such a special player for such a long time, and I am happy to see him continue to play at a high level. He represents the game and the Yankees wonderfully, and I hope that he continues to play and continues to give all of us baseball fans great memories."

Nap Lajoie is next on the list at 3,242 as Jeter makes his way toward the top 10 hits leaders of all time.

Jeter tied Ripken, a fellow shortstop, in his fourth at-bat of Thursday's 4-3 loss at Yankee Stadium, then flied out to the warning track in his fifth trip to the plate to end the game.

Jeter acknowledged his admiration for Ripken, who redefined the position Jeter has played for the entirety of his 18-year career, but the Yankees' captain said he has little time to reflect or appreciate the milestone during the season.

Steven Miller is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.