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Jeter closing in on 200 hits for season

The Sports Xchange

--SS Derek Jeter, who tied Willie Mays for 10th on the all-time hit list Thursday (3,283), went 2-for-5 Friday night against Tampa Bay to surpass Mays and boost his ML-best hit total this season to 197. Jeter is seeking his eighth career 200-hit campaign, which would tie him with Lou Gehrig for the Yankees' franchise record.

--RHP Ivan Nova will make his first start Saturday since Aug. 21 following a stint on the disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation. In his previous four starts before landing on the DL, Nova went 0-for-4 with a 7.03 ERA. "I am just going out there and do my best. (Saturday) is going to be like any other start for me," Nova said. "I am just thinking about winning."

--3B Alex Rodriguez blasted a two-run homer Saturday, his third in seven games. He surpassed Lou Gehrig for ninth on the all-time runs list with 1,889 and tied Zack Wheat for 37th on the all-time hits list with 2,884.

--LHP Andy Pettitte passed his final test before returning from the disabled list on Tuesday against Toronto. Before Friday's game, Pettitte threw from the Yankee Stadium mound and underwent defensive drills to test the ankle he fractured in June. "He did great," Joe Girardi said. "(His) bullpen was good, (he) felt better covering the bases, so everything's a go for Tuesday."

--2B Robinson Cano's career-high 30th home run on Sept. 12 made him just the third second baseman in team history to reach that plateau, joining Joe Gordon (1940) and Alfonso Soriano (2002-03).

1,889 -- Alex Rodriguez on Friday surpassed Lou Gehrig and moved into ninth place on the all-time runs list with 1,889. Next up is Stan Musial with 1,949.

"He's banged up, but he's playing through it. We want him to get better, but it's one of those things it's hard to get better (while you're playing). I think we're going to have to help him manage it to the degree that we can. We have to help someone manage through it, when it's someone who doesn't want help. So if we want to help Derek Jeter, we have to win as many games as we possibly can, so we can rest Derek Jeter. But Derek Jeter would tell you 'If you want to help me, shut the blank up and let me play and write my name in the lineup, and let me get my hits and help us win.'" -- GM Brian Cashman, on Derek Jeter's insistence on staying on the lineup with a bruised bone in his left ankle.

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