Fifth-inning single gets Andre Ethier halfway to Joe DiMaggio


Andre Ethier singled off the Cubs’ James Russell in the fifth inning of Monday’s game, extending his hitting streak to 28 games.

Ethier’s hit into the hole between short and third plated the Dodgers’ fifth run of the game and knocked Russell from the contest.  It came in his third at-bat of the night.

Ethier’s streak is the longest for a Dodger since Willie Davis hit in 31 straight in 1969.  He’s halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s major league-best 56-game streak achieved in 1941.

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright to be suspended 15 games for domestic violence

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Even Drellich of NBC Sports Boston has learned that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The announcement should come from MLB at any moment. Wright will begin the season on the disabled list and will not serve his suspension until he is healthy.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by a Williamson County, Tennessee judge. If Wright stays out of trouble for a 12-month span from the time the case was placed on hold, the charges are expected to be dropped. Likely because of that this is a short suspension by MLB’s domestic violence policy standards, but the league’s policy does provide for discipline even in the absent of legal charges.

Wright made only five starts in 2017 due to knee problems. He had season-ending surgery in May. Over parts of five seasons, the knuckleballer owns a 3.97 ERA in 287 2/3 innings.