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Andre Ethier Extends Hitting Streak To 30

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Andre Ethier reaches for the fences. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Andre Ethier reaches for the fences. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Andre Ethier has singled in the first inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game against the New York Mets, becoming the first major league player in two years with a 30-game hitting streak.

Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese fell behind 3-0 on Friday night, and Ethier lined the next pitch to center field. The previous player with a hitting streak of that length was Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman, who hit in 30 straight games from April 8 to May 12, 2009.

The 29-year-old Ethier was scratched from the starting lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday because of an inflamed left elbow. He was batting .387 during the streak.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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