Found March 21, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Reporting from Phoenix With Matt Kemp batting in front of him and presumably reaching base 35 to 40 of the time, Andre Ethier figures to see a significant number of hittable pitches this season. Ethier, in turn, thinks Kemp could benefit from his presence in the cleanup spot . "I'm hoping he's not going to be walked too much because if I'm doing my part, they'll go after him," Ethier said. "I won't say they'll challenge him fully, but it's a thing where if the 3-4 guys are going, it's tough to choose your battles." Based on how Ethier has hit this spring, that could very well be the case. Appearing to be recovered from a knee injury that deprived him of his power last season, Ethier hit his second home run of the exhibition season Tuesday in the Dodgers' 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Ethier is batting .440 this spring and Kemp .303, offering the promise of a lethal middle-of-the-lineup tandem that was severely c...

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