Jeter climbing yet another list

Derek Jeter was back in the Yankees’ lineup Tuesday night for the opener of the Red Sox series at Fenway Park. The Captain sat out the night game Sunday at Baltimore because of a bruised right knee, the result of fouling a ball off it in the afternoon game Sunday.

Jeter’s appearance in the day game Sunday at Camden Yards brought his career total of games to 2,402, the most of any player to wear a Yankees uniform, thereby breaking what Mickey Mantle had considered his most cherished career record. DJ has been moving up a lot of lists this year with the push past 3,000 hits and a climb up the career list for runs as well.

On that games played list, he also passed the Mick in another area: that of games played for one team. Like Jeter, Mantle played all his games for the Yankees. Jeter is now 16th on that list. His game Tuesday night got Jeter to 2,403, one behind Mike Schmidt for 15th. Schmidt played all 2,404 games of his career with the Phillies.

The record for most games played for one team is 3,308 by Carl Yastrzemski with the Red Sox. Also ahead of Jeter on that list are Stan Musial (3,026 with the Cardinals), Cal Ripken Jr. (3,001 with the Orioles), Brooks Robinson (2,896 with the Orioles), Robin Yount (2,856 with the Brewers), Craig Biggio (2,850 for the Astros), Al Kaline (2,834 with the Tigers), Mel Ott (2,730 with the Giants), George Brett (2,707 with the Royals), Ernie Banks (2,528 with the Cubs), Dave Concepcion (2,488 with the Reds), Tony Gwynn (2,440 with the Padres), Roberto Clemente (2,433 with the Pirates) and Luke Appling (2,422 with the White Sox). All but Biggio and Concepcion are in the Hall of Fame, and Biggio is not yet eligible.

While Jeter was back in the Yankees’ lineup, Alex Rodriguez was not. He is not expected to swing a bat in the series due to a nagging left thumb sprain that required a cortisone injection Monday. Those shots usually take a couple of days to take effect, so A-Rod is not likely to play in Boston unless needed in an emergency situation as a defensive replacement or pinch runner.

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