Derek Jeter prepared for his final home opener as the New York Yankees' shortstop in an appropriate manner -- by setting another career milestone.

He had two hits in Sunday in New York's 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to pass Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and move into eighth place on the all-time hit list at 3,320. He stands fourth on the all-time American League list.

"It's special," Jeter said. "I grew up watching Paul. I played against him briefly, and I have a lot of respect for him and his career. Anytime you talk about eighth in anything, it's special, so it definitely means a lot."

Jeter is now pursuing Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski, who is in seventh place overall with 3,419 hits.

The Yankees will take on the Baltimore Orioles in their home opener Monday, but with Jeter playing his 20th and final season, it figures to be a little more special.

"I think it will be awesome," said Sunday's winning pitcher, CC Sabathia. "It's his last Opening Day at home. It's going to be something special. To have Andy (Pettitte) and Mo (Mariano Rivera) coming back, I think it will be a lot of fun."

The Yankees head home with a 3-3 record after two three-game series in Houston and Toronto.

Brett Gardner got the Yankees' first home run of the season out of the way on Sunday as New York took the rubber match from the Blue Jays, so the Bronx Bombers don't return home homerless.

"I like how we've been playing," said Jeter, who was limited to 17 games last season because of the injury problems. "It's always good to go home, especially with the home opener, after a win. ...

"Especially after missing last year, I'm looking forward to this one."