MLB notebook: Rose thinks Jeter won't break hits record
• Pete Rose might be focused on Derek Jeter's hit total. Jeter isn't. At least, that was the message he trumpeted Wednesday before the Yankees faced the Orioles in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. “I'm not talking about Pete Rose, man,” Jeter said. “We're trying to win a game here.” Rose told the Sports on Earth website this week that his all-time hits record of 4,256 remains safe from Jeter, who has amassed 3,304 lifetime hits. The former Reds star believes that, at age 38, Jeter's window will eventually close before he has a chance to make a serious run at the record because of the demands of playing shortstop.
• Alex Rodriguez kept his No. 3 slot in the batting order for Game 3 but was shifted from third base to designated hitter. There had been some calls for manager Joe Girardi to drop down Rodriguez, just 1 for 9 with five strikeouts as the teams split the first two games in the best-of-five series.
• Most teams send their next day's starting pitcher to the interview room before a postseason game. The Orioles sent two. With Baltimore manager Buck Showalter publicly uncertain about his Game 4 starter against the New York Yankees, Joe Saunders sat on the podium Wednesday with Chris Tillman sitting to his left. Saunders, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts after he was acquired from Arizona on Aug. 26. Tillman, a 23-year-old righty, was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA.
• Montreal will name a street and a park after Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who defined the golden era of a once-beloved franchise. Carter died in February of cancer at age 57. He was the first Expos player to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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