- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was back in the starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the New York Mets.

Ethier carried a 29-game hitting streak into the three-game series at Citi Field.

The 29-year-old was scratched from the starting lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday because of an inflamed left elbow. He’s batting .387 during his current streak.

Ethier is two shy of the Dodgers record, set by Willie Davis from Aug. 1 to Sept. 3, 1969. He has tied Zach Wheat 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 Zach Wheat was,” Ethier said. “I thought he was another minor leaguer we had. I thought he was being called up.”

Ethier can become the 44th major leaguer since 1900 with a 30-game hitting streak.



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