Ethier's 26-game hitting streak established a Major League record for the longest hitting streak during the month of April, having passed Joe Torre's 22-game streak from April 1971.
Including Ethier, the last four Major Leaguers to hit safely in 30 straight games (Moises Alou, Willy Tavarez and Ryan Zimmerman) have had their hitting streak snapped in the next contest.
Los Angeles Records gm name, year 31 - Willie Davis, 1969 30 - Andre Ethier. 2011 25 - Willie Davis, 1971 25 - Steve Steve, 1986 25 - Paul Lo Duca, 2003 24 - John Shelby, 1988 23 - Brett Butler, 1991 22 - Nomar Garciaparra, 2006 21 - Steve Garvey, 1978 20 - Tom Davis, 1960 20 - Tom Davis, 1964 20 - Maury Wills, 1965 20 - Steve Garvey, 1978 All-Time Records: 31 - Willie Davis 30 - Andre Ethier, 2011 29 - Zach Wheat, 1916 27 - Joe Medwick, 1942 27 - Duke Snider, 1953 26 - Willie Keeler, 1902 26 - Zach Wheat, 1918 25 - Harvey Hendrick, 1929 25 - Buzz Boyle, 1934 25 - Willie Davis, 1971 25 - Steve Steve, 1986 25 - Paul Lo Duca, 2003 Rookie Record 21 - Jack Robinson, 1947 (Brooklyn)This afternoon, the Dodgers will play the Mets in the finale of a three-game series and third contest of a seven-game road trip (0-1). Following the game, the squad heads to Pittsburgh for a four-game series with the Pirates beginning tomorrow night.
The Dodgers last night lost their fourth consecutive series to fall to 4-7 in their 11 series this season. Los Angeles is trying to avoid getting swept at Citi Field for the second straight year. Since the building opened in 2009, the Dodgers have lost six of eight contests here.
The Dodgers are also trying to avoid losing their fifth straight game for the second time this season. The club has yet to have a three-game road losing streak, but has now lost two-in-a-row away from home on four occasions.
Former Met and current Dodger catcher Rod Barajas belted his team lead-tying sixth home run Friday night in his first at-bat. Barajas has 11 home runs in 52 games with Los Angeles and since the day the Dodgers acquired him from the Mets last August, only three catchers in Major League Baseball have more homers:
Most Home Runs by Catchers – Since Aug. 22, 2010 Buster Posey 13 Victor Martinez 12 Mike Napoli 12 Rod Barajas 11 Only three Major League hitters have reached 45+ hits and at least 10 doubles in 2011: Hits Doubles Andre Ethier, LAD 47 10 Jose Reyes, NYM 47 11 Michael Young, Tex 47 13 MLB 2011 – Players With 40+ Hits and 10+ Doubles, 2011 Hits Doubles Andre Ethier, LAD 47 10 Jose Reyes, NYM 45 11 Michael Young, Tex 43 13 Alex Gordon, KC 41 13 Matt Holliday, STL 41 10 Martin Prado, ATL 40 10FOR THE MOMS Several Dodgers, including Matt Kemp, Aaron Miles, Jay Gibbons, Jamey Carroll, Tony Gwynn Jr., Juan Uribe, Rod Barajas, Dioner Navarro, James Loney and Russ Mitchell will be using pink bats today in honor of Mother's Day and the Susan G. Komen For The Cure organization.
THE ORIGIN OF FERNANDOMANIA! – Thirty years ago today, Dodger left-hander Fernando Valenzuela won his seventh straight game to start the season, blanking Mike Scott and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, 1-0. When asked, both Valenzuela and Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín both believe that the true genesis of Fernandomania began with this start against the Mets in the "Big Apple." Consider the following:
The number of Mexican stations carrying the game had been increased from three to 17. Even more impressive, the number of Venezuelan stations carrying the Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcast jumped from 20 to 40 for this contest.
The Mets built two extra ticket booths near the subway entrances to accommodate the extra fans. The announced crowd of 39,848 was the Mets' largest of the season, significantly outpacing their average of 11,358 fans before that day. SOURCE: Dodgers Publicity, Sports Illustrated, 1981
On Tuesday, July 26, the Dodgers will be celebrating Fernandomania with a special bobblehead, designed to show Valenzuela's interaction with the Los Angeles community and Dodger fans during that era. The Dodgers host the Rockies that night at 7:10 p.m.
ARMS RACE – The Dodgers and Kansas City Royals are tied for the Major League lead with 13 outfield assists heading into play today. Andre Ethier, Jerry Sands and Tony Gwynn, Jr. are all tied for second in the NL with three assists apiece while Matt Kemp has two. Jay Gibbons and the departed Xavier Paul have the other two, meaning that among all Dodgers to play in the outfield this season, just Marcus Thames (45.0 innings), Russ Mitchell (1.0), Casey Blake (0.1) and Jamie Hoffmann (8.0) do not have assists.
WHAT A DAY – On this day in 1959, a Major-League record 93,103 Dodger fans show up at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to salute Hall of Famer Roy Campanella. Secondarily, the Dodgers played the Yankees in an exhibition game.
And on this day 41 years ago at Shea Stadium, Dodger first baseman Wes Parker became the first Los Angeles Dodger to hit for the cycle. Nearly 39 years later, Dodger second baseman Orlando Hudson would join Parker in the rare L.A. Dodger cycle club by turning the trick against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
BIG GAME JAMES – The Dodgers would like to wish a very happy 27th birthday to first baseman James Loney. Since coming into the Major Leagues in 2006, Loney has played three times on his big day (2008-10), going 3-for-13 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Loney is tied with Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols for the most games played by a first baseman this season (33). The Houston, TX native has made just one error on the season and it came on an obstruction call.
RARE AIR – Only six Major League hitters have reached 40 hits and 10 doubles in 2011:
Broxton expected to miss a month
Jonathan Broxton won't need surgery. Broxton will go on the disabled list, however, and it will be much longer than 15 days. The MRI that Broxton underwent on Wednesday revealed a bone bruise in the back of his right elbow, along with a bone spur that was already there.
"They said I wouldn't do any more damage if I continue to throw, if they give me 3-4 days and then I don't pitch on back-to-back days after I come back," Broxton told reporters in New York on Friday, before the Dodgers lost 6-3 to the Mets at Citi Field.
"But they also said it's something I'll have to battle all year, so we're just going to take a little time and get the fluid out of the bruise."
A little time means Broxton is shut down from throwing over the next 2-3 weeks, and that means about a month until he pitches in a major-league game again.
Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttache told Broxton the injury is common among power pitchers because the strain of throwing so hard can cause the joint to open up with each pitch, allowing the bones to snap back on each other.
Broxton thinks the injury occurred in spring training, not last year when he had a second-half meltdown, but there's no way to know for sure whether the injury occurred one day, gradually over time, or during an abusive stretch last season.
In his first five-plus seasons, Broxton logged 380 innings and 372 appearances. By comparison, that's more than Jonathan Papelbon, Huston Street, Bobby Jenks, Francisco Rodriguez, Troy Percival and Billy Koch to start a career.
The turning point in Broxton's career was a 48-pitch, four-run meltdown against the Yankees on June 27 last year. Broxton was pitching for the fourth time in five days that night, plus he warmed up in the game he didn't pitch, and he throw 99 pitches in that stretch.
Broxton was given five days off after that week, then pitched five of the next seven games leading into the All-Star break. He got the save in the All-Star game, then threw 44 more pitches in a blown save five days later against the Cardinals.
According to FanGraphs, Broxton's fastball averaged 97.8 mph in 2009 and he occasionally hit 100 mph. Last year, the average was down to 95.3. This year, it was down to 94.1, and Broxton was between 90-93 mph on Tuesday when he threw eight straight balls that demanded the increased attention on his health.
Broxton converted 7-of-8 saves this year, but only two of them were clean innings, and he took the loss in a pair of games that were tied in the ninth inning. His ERA is 5.68 and his WHIP is 1.89 this year.
The Dodgers have used the disabled list 11 times this year, by 10 different players. They have five on the DL currently, and have lost 170 total games.
--Frank McCourt has repudiated claims made by his vice chairman that the team could not get prompt authorization to increase stadium security after Osama bin Laden's death. Dodgers Vice Chairman Steve Soboroff told several media outlets Thursday that he could not locate Tom Schieffer, the trustee appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig to run the team, as news broke that bin Laden was dead. The allegation outraged Major League Baseball officials, for whom Schieffer produced an email in which he approved the upgraded security two minutes after a request from Dodgers general counsel Sam Fernandez. McCourt apologized, in a public statement and in a private telephone call, to Rob Manfred, the MLB executive vice president and Selig's point man on the Dodgers. In his statement, McCourt said Soboroff had made several "factually incorrect" remarks about Schieffer, including the claim that the trustee could not be reached upon bin Laden's death. "Not only did Mr. Schieffer respond immediately to our request for permission to increase security at the stadium, he volunteered to assist the organization in any way that he could," McCourt said.
--RHP Kenley Jansen was recalled from Class AA Chattanooga to take RHP Jonathan Broxton's place on the roster, and struck out the side in his debut Friday. Jansen is allowed back in less than 10 days after an option because he's replacing an injured player. Also, because the minor league assignment was less than 20 days, it doesn't count as an option and Jansen gets full major-league service time for the five days he missed.
--RHP Hiroki Kuroda continued the Dodgers' season-long trouble of giving up home runs. Kuroda allowed two more Friday, accounting for four of the five runs he allowed. Kuroda's already given up seven this year, after averaging 13 the last three years. The Dodgers staff has given up 37 home runs, second-most in the league. That's a pace of 182 home runs, which would be tied for their second-most since coming to Los Angeles.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Number of times this year Andre Ethier has gotten a hit with a 3-0 count this year. He's done it five times in his career. As a team, the Dodgers have just three hits this year with the count 3-0. Juan Uribe has the other one.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It will be a nice filler for the media guide, or a Vin Scully trivia question. I don't think it's something that will define my season or the Dodgers' season. When somebody told me I tied Zach Wheat, I said, 'who's that?' I thought it was a minor leaguer we had called up. But you find out you're second all-time, it's nice to learn about the history." -- Outfielder Andre Ethier, who passed Zach Wheat for the second-longest hitting streak in Dodgers history at 30 games.