April 6, 2006

Rollins’ hitting streak ends at 38

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jimmy Rollins' hitting streak ended at
38 games when he failed to get a hit in the Philadelphia
Phillies 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in National League
play on Thursday.

Rollins went 0-for-4 against starter Jason Marquis and
reliever Josh Hancock to mark the end of the eighth longest
hitting streak in major league history.

The all-star shortstop still had a long way to go to beat
the all-time record of 56 games set by New York Yankees great
Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

"I appreciated it from the time I knew about it," Rollins
told reporters about his run at DiMaggio's record.

"That's a large number."

Rollins flew out to right in the first, grounded to Marquis
in the third, flew to left in the fifth and flew out again to
center in his last at-bat in the seventh inning.

Rollins ended last season on a 36-game hit streak and kept
it going in the first two games this season before Thursday.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Toronto)