BOSTON -- In the rich history of the Red Sox, there are only three players who have put together a longer hitting streak than Jackie Bradley Jr., who extended his impressive run to 29 games in Wednesday night's 10-3 win over the Rockies.Not only is Bradley getting hits, but he's
BOSTON -- In the rich history of the Red Sox, there are only three players who have put together a longer hitting streak than Jackie Bradley Jr., who extended his impressive run to 29 games in Wednesday night's 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Not only is Bradley getting hits, but he's doing it with an impressive all-fields approach that now has him one game from becoming the first Major Leaguer to hit in 30 straight games since the Dodgers' Andre Ether in 2011.
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If Bradley can extend the streak Thursday against the Rockies, he would join Dom DiMaggio (34 games in 1949), Nomar Garciaparra (30 games in 1997) and Tris Speaker as the only players in club history with hits in at least 30 straight games.
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"I don't think about it until I'm reminded about it," said Bradley. "Honestly, like I constantly say, if it ends tomorrow or today, it doesn't matter. I just want to continue to keep swinging the bat well and keep winning."
Both things are happening. Bradley keeps raking and the 29-17 Red Sox lead the American League East and have the best record in the Majors since April 24 -- the same night the center fielder started his streak.
What is it like for Bradley to be on the verge of being in the same company just three others in Red Sox history?
"I wouldn't say hard to imagine, but it's pretty cool, and I'm definitely excited and hopefully you can just keep it going," said Bradley.
Bradley now leads the American League with a .350 batting average, as he vaulted one point ahead of teammate Xander Bogaerts.
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Both of Bradley's hits on Wednesday went to the opposite field. He extended the streak in his second at-bat by raking a first-pitch single against Rockies starter Chad Bettis in the bottom of the fourth. In the seventh, Bradley laced a double off the Green Monster.
"He's been doing that so well with quality stuff," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "It's the reason we're sitting here talking about 29 consecutive because he's using the whole field."
The left-handed hitter is now more than halfway to Joe DiMaggio's record-setting streak of 56 games in 1941.
During the streak, Bradley is hitting .415 (44-for-106) with nine doubles, three triples, eight homers, 30 RBIs and a 1.271 OPS.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.