Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 22 games

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Andre Ethier extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games with a single in his first at-bat tonight against the Marlins, which matches his former manager Joe Torre for the longest hitting streak ever in April.

Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games back in 1971 as a member of the Cardinals. It was the same year he won the National League MVP award for leading the league with a career-high .363 batting average, 230 hits and 137 RBI. Wow. Sometimes we forget that Torre was a pretty darn good baseball player.

As of this post, Ethier is batting .385 (35-for-91) with two homers, eight doubles and 13 RBI on the young season.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.