Ethier’s hit streak reaches 30 games

Andre Ethier singled in the first inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game against the New York Mets on Friday night, becoming the first major league player in two years with a 30-game hitting streak.

Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese fell behind 3-0, and Ethier lined the next pitch to center field. The previous player with a hitting streak of that length was Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman, who hit in 30 straight games from April 8 to May 12, 2009.

Ethier, 29, surpassed Zack Wheat’s 29-game streak for the second-longest in club history. Wheat’s streak was from Aug. 20 to Sept. 16, 1916, when the team played in Brooklyn.

“Someone asked me who Zack Wheat was,” Ethier said before the game. “I thought he was another minor leaguer we had. I thought he was being called up.”

Ethier is one game shy of the Dodgers’ record, set by Willie Davis from Aug. 1 to Sept. 3, 1969.


Injured Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is going to extended spring training, and pitcher Roy Oswalt is going to the doctor.

Oswalt will miss his scheduled start Saturday against Atlanta. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick will start in his place.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Oswalt is feeling discomfort in his lower back. Oswalt returned to the Phillies after spending eight days with his family in tornado-ravaged Mississippi.

Amaro said Utley will play at least one inning in a game at Dunedin, Fla., today.


Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a bankruptcy fraud case.

The 48-year-old filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and is accused of later stealing and selling property from an $18.5 million estate.

If found guilty on all charges, Dykstra faces a maximum of 80 years in prison.


Major League Baseball and its players’ association are considering a formal plan for dealing with alcohol-related incidents in the next collective bargaining agreement. Six active players have been cited for DUI this season. … Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees’ lineup Friday after missing a game with a right-hip problem. … Rangers closer Neftali Feliz was activated from the disabled list. Feliz last pitched for Texas on April 20 before going on the DL with right-shoulder inflammation. In eight appearances before being sidelined, Feliz had five saves with a 1.08 ERA.