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Andre Ethier riding the momentum

Dodger outfielder's 24-game hitting streak brings him a sense of pride and history

Updated: April 28, 2011, 2:34 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It started out, as so many things do in life, small.

It was a simple little infield single that a hustling Andre Ethier managed to beat out against San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain in the fourth inning on April 3, and Ethier subsequently would be erased on Matt Kemp's double-play grounder. Thanks to the quick-changing mathematics of opening week, it inflated the slow-starting Ethier's batting average from a lackluster .111 -- he had just one hit in nine previous at-bats ...

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