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.

Chris Sale exits game with hip contusion

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.

This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.