National Sports Briefs: Jeter – hits leader for shortstops
Derek Jeter passed Luis Aparicio for the most hits by a shortstop on Sunday when he fought off a pitch on his hands from Seattle rookie Doug Fister and sent it down the right-field line for an RBI double in the third inning of New York’s 10-3 loss to the Mariners.
Jeter’s 2,674th hit as a shortstop came two innings after he had singled leading off the game. Jeter also has 13 hits as a designated hitter in his career. His 2,688 hits are second in Yankees history, 33 behind Lou Gehrig.
SAN DIEGO ó Outfielder Donavan Tate, the third pick overall in the June amateur draft, agreed Monday to a deal with the San Diego Padres worth $6.25 million.
Tate had planned to play baseball and football at North Carolina before signing with the Padres.
“We knew all along that football was not where his heart was,” said Grady Fuson, San Diego’s VP for scouting and player development.
CLEMSON, S.C. ó Redshirt freshman Kyle Parker will be the starting quarterback when Clemson opens the season against Middle Tennessee next month.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney selected Parker as the starter after Monday’s practice. But Swinney says redshirt sophomore Willy Korn will play in every game this year.VICK & GOLF
NEW YORK ó Y.E. Yang’s upset win over Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship was a television hit that even picked up more viewers for an interview with quarterback Michael Vick.
Nielsen Media Research says its overnight measurements of big cities found ratings for the golf tournament up 150 percent over 2008. Woods was injured and didn’t play in the tournament last year.
The golf tournament led directly into “60 Minutes,” which featured Vick’s interview about his prison time for running a dogfighting operation. CBS estimates more than 11 million people saw the news show, which averaged around 8 million for more typical Sundays this summer.
NAPA, Calif. ó Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable isn’t talking about reports he punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson in the jaw and caused injuries that required treatment at a hospital earlier this month.
According to AOL Fanhouse, Cable hit Hanson on Aug. 5 for unknown reasons. A report filed with the Napa Police Department describes an unnamed 41-year-old assistant coach being treated at the Queen of the Valley Hospital for a jaw injury.