Andre Ethier’s hitting streak ends at 30 games

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It may have looked like Andre Ethier caught a break tonight when Chris Young was scratched from his start against the Dodgers, but that clearly wasn’t the case.  Ethier went 0-for-4 with a walk in a 4-2 loss to the Mets, ending his hitting streak at 30 games.

Ethier had actually owned Young, one of the tougher pitchers to hit in the NL, having gone 12-for-29 with six homers against him in his career.

Dillon Gee, though, left Ethier cold.   After a first-inning walk, Ethier popped out to shallow left in the second and flied out to center in the fifth.

In the seventh, Ethier faced left-handed reliever Mike O’Connor, who induced a groundout to second.

Given one more chance in the eighth, Ethier had to face another lefty, this time Tim Byrdak, and struck out swinging.

Ethier’s streak matches Ryan Zimmerman’s in 2009 for the longest since Chase Utley hit in 35 games in 2006.  He fell one short of matching the Dodgers franchise record of 31 games established by Willie Davis in 1969.

Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with pulled hamstring

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The Mets and Braves are playing today and it’s not a great day for the Mets in the injury department.

First they scratched Noah Syndergaard with a “tired arm.” Now they’ve lost Yoenis Cespedes, who pulled up limping at second base following a double in the bottom of the fourth:

The team has announced that he has pulled his left hamstring.

Cespedes, of course, missed three games over the weekend due to hamstring issues. That was merely tightness, however, and following an off day and a rainout, Cespedes played last night without incident. But it now looks as though he’s going to miss some serious time.

No done deal for Jeter and Jeb: Rob Manfred says two groups still in play for the Marlins

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For all of the headlines about Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush buying the Miami Marlins, this is looking like anything but a done deal. First is the small matter of the billion and a half bucks Jeter and Jeb need to put together. Then there’s the matter of there being another . . . mystery bidder!

That according to commissioner Rob Manfred who says two groups are still bidding to buy the Marlins. He said this morning at the groundbreaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum, adding “There is no agreement in place. We’re working with more than one group . . . there is not a signed document on any topic.”

Despite this, Manfred said that “the timeline is relatively short; it would be measured in days, not months.” So someone is likely to find that billion and a half bucks soon, I reckon.