Touch 'Em All: Jeter's historic hit changed to an error

Posted: August 21, 2014

Derek Jeter is still in sixth place on baseball's all-time hits list, but he didn't reach that mark in front of his home fans, as was originally celebrated.

Major League Baseball has changed Jeter's 3,430th hit - an infield single against Cleveland at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 8 that tied him with Honus Wagner - to an error.

Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana now is charged with an error for dropping a throw from shortstop Jose Ramirez in the first inning of a 10-6 Yankees win.

That means Jeter didn't tie Wagner until the next day, on an infield single off Cleveland's Corey Kluber. And he took sole possession of sixth place on Aug. 11, when he doubled in the fifth inning off Baltimore's Bud Norris at Camden Yards.

Not to worry - Yankees trainer Steve Donohue also retrieved the other balls for Jeter's collection.

"So, there's no story," Jeter said, according to MLB.com. "I got another hit; I got the other ball."

The shortstop, who plans to retire after this season, began the night with 3,435 hits. Tris Speaker is fifth on the career list with 3,514.

The Yankees said Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer requested the play be reviewed by MLB. The change saved him two earned runs.

Harang's base knock

When Atlanta's B.J. Upton struck out in the top of the second against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, the Braves probably started getting ready to take the field.

Yes, Andrelton Simmons was in scoring position after stealing second as Upton made the second out. But next up was starting pitcher Aaron Harang, with his sickly .068 batting average (three singles, 1 walk, and 19 strikeouts in 44 at-bats).

Harang swung and missed at a fastball and a slider from lefthander Francisco Liriano, then worked his way to a full count. On the pay-off pitch, the husky righthanded hitter lashed a single - a rope - into right-center field that scored Simmons standing up for the first run of the game.

After notching his first RBI of the season, Harang reverted to form, striking out three times. But, he raised his batting average to .083 - still a far cry from the Mendoza Line - and got his 10th win.

McCutchen's back

Andrew McCutchen's fractured rib is healed, and the reigning National League MVP returned to Pittsburgh's lineup Tuesday against the Braves, going 0 for 4 with a strikeout. But the Pirates continued their slide - they were 5-9 while their centerfielder was on the disabled list - losing 11-3.

McLouth out for season

Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is out for the season because of an injured right shoulder.

Manager Matt Williams said that McLouth will have surgery Thursday for a torn labrum and is expected to recover in time for spring training.

McLouth is in his first season with the Nationals and hit .173 with one home run and seven RBIs in 79 games.

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