Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Rollins sets Phils hits mark

PHILADELPHIA — Despite his diminutive size, Jimmy Rollins always believed he could hit a baseball.

Turns out he's been good enough to amass more hits in a Phillies uniform than any other player.

Rollins singled in the fifth inning of Philadelphia's 7-4 win over the Cubs to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and become the Phillies' hits leader Saturday.

Rollins got hit No. 2,235 off former Rays RHP Edwin Jackson, sending a 3-and-1 pitch into right to open the fifth. The game was delayed for an onfield celebration.

"It was very cool," said Rollins.

The 5-foot-8 shortstop never let his stature deter him.

"That's something my mom and dad taught me when I'm young," he said. "(I'm) probably not going to be biggest guy, but that doesn't mean you have to be weak, doesn't mean you don't have confidence. And then size isn't really going to matter. I've always had that belief in myself and without it I wouldn't have been here."

Rollins, 34, made his debut with the Phillies on Sept. 17, 2000, and has played his entire career in Philadelphia.

"To be the all-time hits leader, that speaks for itself," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It was well worth it. Fourteen years of effort with one uniform in a lot of ways that's old school."

Schmidt, a Phillies TV analyst for Sunday games, retrieved Rollins' bat and greeted the 2007 NL MVP with a high-five and hug at first base. The entire Phillies team then came out from the dugout to offer congratulatory hugs and handshakes.

After the Phillies left the field, Schmidt took Rollins' hand and held it in the air. Fans cheered and gave the duo a standing ovation as fireworks erupted from the large video board in left field.

"I told him, 'Congrats, it couldn't happen to a better guy,' " Schmidt said later in the game. "I'm glad I was here. My heart is pounding."

ACE TO REST: Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright will skip a turn in the rotation to allow tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow to subside. The team expects Wainwright, 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA, to return next Saturday against the Phillies. If this were October, GM John Mozeliak said, Wainwright would definitely take the ball.

ANGELS: Manager Mike Scioscia attended the funeral for former RHP Bob Welch and missed the game against the Braves.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Sergio Santos, on the DL since May 12 with a strained right elbow, was activated to fill out an injury-depleted bullpen.

CUBS: INF Emilio Bonifacio, who went on the disabled list Friday, has an oblique strain in his right ribcage, an MRI exam confirmed.

MARLINS: Texas high school RHP Tyler Kolek, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, agreed to a $6 million bonus, $821,000 under the slot value for the pick.

METS: OF Curtis Granderson sat out for a third straight game with a sore left calf.

PIRATES: RHP Vance Worley was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start today for his debut with the team.

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