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Matt Kemp to be grand marshal of Martin Luther King Jr. parade

January 18, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Matt Kemp hits a single in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies in the Dodgers' 7-1 victory on Sept. 30, 2012.
Matt Kemp hits a single in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

Some quick looks around the Web:

-- Matt Kemp is scheduled to serve as the grand marshal of the 28th Kingdom Day Parade on Saturday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance has been moved back from Monday to avoid conflict with President Obama’s inauguration.

The parade is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, and then proceed west on King.

-- In what’s becoming an annual event, the Dodgers and Cubs are scheduled to play a game March 21 in Tucson, Ariz., to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund, the slain daughter of Dodgers scout John Green.

-- Left-hander Chris Capuano tells’s Ben Platt he’s not concerned about competition to remain in the Dodgers' crowded rotation, writes’s Ken Gurnick.

-- So what could he say? General Manager Ned Colletti tells the Daily News’ J.P. Hoornstra he’s not worried about Hanley Ramirez playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, and potentially missing most of spring training to work on his defensive skills at shortstop.

-- Vin Scully is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center sports luncheon in Indian Wells on Jan. 22. Tickets are $87.50 and available at (760) 773-1636.

-- And while we’re on Scully, Grant Brisbee has an amusing take imagining Scully working his magic doing play-by-play of other events in life, including your GPS and airport announcements.

-- Don Mattingly is hosting a celebrity event on Jan. 24 at the Los Angeles Sports Museum, with George Lopez scheduled to host the event. Proceeds are to provide baseball equipment to underprivileged youth. Tickets are $195 and available at (323) 224-1413.

-- Clayton and Ellen Kershaw’s charity work in Zambia is profiled by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Said Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez: “He's like our Roberto Clemente.”

-- ESPN/LA’s Mark Saxon examines whether that huge payroll can translate into finally providing the Dodgers their needed power game.

-- True Blue LA’s Eric Stephen offers a roundup of Friday’s busy arbitration doings in the National League West.

-- Ex-Dodger Vicente Padilla has signed a one-year deal to pitch in Japan for a whopping $3.25 million, writes’s Jesse Sanchez.

-- The Wall Street Journal reports that Barry “Puffy” Bonds has put his Beverly Hills mansion up for sale at $25 million.


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