Ethier sets record for April hit streak
RBI double in first extends LA outfielder's mark to 23 games
MIAMI -- Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 23 games Tuesday night with a first-inning RBI double, breaking a tie with former manager Joe Torre for the longest April streak in Major League history.
Ethier one-hopped the right-field fence off Marlins starter Chris Volstad, driving in Aaron Miles, who had singled, taken second on John Buck's passed ball and went to third on Jamey Carroll's groundout.
Torre's streak was in 1971. The last Dodger to hit safely in as many games was Paul Lo Duca, who had a 25-game hitting streak in 2003.
Before the game, Ethier said he had not heard from Torre, whose streak lasted 40 years.
"I guess he has other issues to deal with that he's not worried about 40-year-old April records," Ethier said of Torre, now MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations.
Although Ethier said he's not focused on the streak, he's enjoying it.
"I'm taking it all in," he said. "I'm not sitting there ignoring it. I just go out and execute and do whatever the task calls for. There aren't many chances in a Major League career to do something like this. I've gotten to the point in my career I can enjoy and have fun with it.
"I still try to go with my game plan and execute. I'm not going up there with second and third and try to bloop just to get a hit. I'm trying to drive the ball. I do what I'm up there to do and give Matty [Kemp] a chance behind me."
Asked about Joe DiMaggio's all-time record of 56 games, Ethier rolled his eyes.
"I don't think anyone will get too close to break that," he said. "It's tough to get a hit three weeks in a row. Fifty-six in a row is a whole other thing."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.