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Jerry Sands and Dee Gordon, meanwhile, finishing on high note


Lost amid Matt Kemp’s pursuit of the hitting triple crown and Clayton Kershaw’s pitching triple crown, is a nice finishing surge by a pair of rookies.

Jerry Sands has a 12-game hitting streak, and Dee Gordon is only one behind him. And they’re reaching some noteworthy company.

Longest hitting streaks, L.A. Dodgers rookies:

1. 20 - Tommy Davis                          July 30-Aug. 20, 1960

2. 18 - Bill Sudakis                             July 31-Aug. 19, 1969

T-3. 16 - Andre Ethier                        July 26-Aug. 12, 2006

T-3. 16 - Steve Sax                            June 11-27, 1982

T-5. 14 - Raul Mondesi                       May 8-22, 1994

T-5. 14 - Raul Mondesi                       May 25-June 10, 1994

T-5. 14 - Mike Marshall                      July 22-Aug. 4, 1983             

8. 13 - Willy Aybar                             May 26-June 7, 2006

T-9. 12 - Mike Piazza                         Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 1993

T-9. 12 - Bob Lillis                             Sept. 12-26, 1958

T-9. 12 - Jerry Sands                         Sept. 12, 2011-current

The Dodgers have only four games left to their season, so even if Sands continues gets a hit in every game, the best he can finish on the list is tied for third.

Still, Sands is 12 for 46 (.435) in his streak, raising a batting average that was at .187 before it began to its current .330.

Gordon is 18 for 45 (.400) during his 11-game streak, raising his average to .298.


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Photo: Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon puts the ball in play during a game against the Giants last week at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire

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