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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Andre Ethier on a historic roll

By Mark Saxon

Two-for-two isn’t so tough, right? Guys do it all the time.

If Andre Ethier manages to get hits in his first two at-bats today vs. Miami Marlins lefty Mark Buehrle, he would match the major-league record for consecutive at-bats with a hit, 12. The record was established 110 years ago and hasn’t been equaled in 60 seasons. Detroit Tigers first baseman Walt Dropo was the last hitter to go 12-for-12 in 1950.

Ethier has gotten a hit in every at-bat since a fourth-inning lineout Wednesday. He already set the Dodgers record, previously held by Ron Cey. The feat was overshadowed by the Dodgers blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox completed Saturday.

What’s more impressive is that Ethier has been doing all this with an injury, a blister on his right palm that has caused him to choke up on the bat.

“Andre can hit and he’s caught a little fire. He’s been kind of a streaky guy,” manager Don Mattingly said. “I think shortening his swing and kind of cutting down a little bit has really helped him.”

Here is the Dodgers lineup:

Shane Victorino LF
Nick Punto 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Luis Cruz 3B
Matt Treanor C
Aaron Harang P