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Jeter moves into 7th place on all-time hits list with big day against Darvish

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees leads off first base against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees leads off first base against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.
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On Monday, Derek Jeter moved ahead of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, and into sole possession of seventh place on the MLB’s all-time hits list.

In typical Jeter fashion, he did so with efficiency; knocking a single into right field using his infamous inside-out swing during a hit-and-run with Brett Gardner. He also continued to show his penchant for coming up big in big moments, going 3-for-4 against one of the game’s best pitchers (Yu Darvish) to not only tie, but surpass Yaz’s mark. Then, in typical Jeter fashion, he downplayed his accomplishment.

"It's tough to enjoy it when we lost the game,” said Jeter. “But I'm pretty sure when this season's over and done with, I'll look back and get a chance to realize how special it is. Any time you talk about a list of all-time great players, it's pretty special."

. The 40-year-old Jeter began the game with a single to left. He then tied for seventh in the third inning, when he hit a ground-rule double to right. He passed Yastrzemski in the seventh. Unfortunately, his offense was not enough, as the Yankees fell to the Texas Rangers by a score of 4-2

The three hits gave Jeter 3,420 for his storybook career. Next up on the hit list is Honus Wagner, who sits in sixth place with 3,430 hits. While Wagner is most definitely in reach for the Yankee captain, Jeter may have some trouble cracking the top five, as Tris Speaker currently sits 94 ahead of the shortstop.

The three hits in the game moved Jeter’s batting average to .278 on the season. Gardner also had himself a solid game, going 3-for-5 with two home runs.