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August 18, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. Or at least the professional one up to age 27. The Major League Baseball Network is premiering a new show Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time called “My MLB Life,” and first up is Matt Kemp, cover boy and TV star. It's a half-hour, documentary-style program on how Kemp chose baseball as his sport and developed into one of the game's greatest players. An interesting two-minute excerpt is provided by the MLB Network above. In the spirit of the new show's theme of “work hard, live well, give back,” a camera crew followed Kemp to his new house in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
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April 6, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig made himself the story again Saturday. A day after he was benched for showing up late to batting practice, Puig slid headfirst into first base when he didn't have to, leaving the Dodgers waiting for X-rays of his left thumb to be reviewed by their medical staff. Puig played the final six innings of the Dodgers' 7-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, but could be sidelined for the series finale Sunday as the Dodgers try to avoid a three-game sweep.
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September 8, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
I kicked butt in basic math. No kidding, sabermetric lovers, I was a star. Would take those national math tests, score in the 98 percentile and take bows as my name was read aloud to my awed middle school classmates. Then I went to high school and took algebra, and that was the end of my stardom and the beginning of hiding in the back of class. Still, I need only call on those pre-high school skills to formulate that Matt Kemp is about out of time. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Cincinnati before Sunday night's game against the Reds that Stan Conte, the team's vice president of medical services, said Kemp will need at least 10 more days to be ready for a game.
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April 4, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
San Francisco Giants 8, Dodgers 4 KEY MOMENT: With the Dodgers' early 8-0 deficit cut in half, Hanley Ramirez stole second base with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate and no outs in the seventh inning. However, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy challenged and successfully overturned the safe call involving Ramirez at second base. Gonzalez struck out on the next pitch, ending any realistic chance at a comeback. The sequence marked the first time the expanded replay system was used in a Dodgers game.
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July 10, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Kemp put on his All-Star batting practice jersey, getting ready for the last game he plans on watching for some time. Kemp has not played since May 30 because of a strained left hamstring and has not hit a home run since April 30. He still leads the Dodgers in home runs. "I'm excited to get back," Kemp said. "I've been a cheerleader for the past month and a half. " The Dodgers plan to activate him from the disabled list on Friday. Andre Ethier (strained oblique)
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April 4, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
OK, repeat after the Dodgers: It's only three games, it's only three games. True, of course. There will no doubt be plenty of times during the course of a 162-game series that the offense will go silent, where their big bats are made to look small. But when it's the first three games of the season, things can get magnified. And three games or not, there is something just wrong about Clayton Kershaw leading the team in home runs. So, three games or not, it doesn't look right that Matt Kemp (0 for 10)
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August 31, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp is back in the Dodgers' lineup. Kemp missed the last two games after crashing into the center-field wall at Coors Field on Tuesday. Kemp will bat cleanup on Friday for the first time this season, part of what appears to be an effort by Manager Don Mattingly to shake up his surprisingly unproductive lineup. Recently acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will bat third. In other news, closer Kenley Jansen was seen on Friday playing catch in the Dodger Stadium outfield with bullpen catcher Rob Flippo.
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April 17, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers gave center fielder Matt Kemp his first day off this season, benching him for Wednesday's game. Kemp is batting .185 overall and .053 with runners in scoring position, with 17 strikeouts in 54 at-bats. Manager Don Mattingly watched as Kemp took early batting practice for the second time in three days. Mattingly and Kemp each said the center fielder has no injury issues, with his surgically repaired shoulder or otherwise. "There's nothing wrong with me," Kemp said.
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September 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Matt Kemp, who is hitless in the first three games of his minor league rehabilitation assignment, will not return to the Dodgers on Monday. "He doesn't feel good yet at the plate," Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. "He's not pushing us to say, 'I want to be there tomorrow.'" Kemp is 0 for 11 at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, including five strikeouts. He has hit one ball out of the infield. He is expected to play with the Quakes again on Sunday. Mattingly did not say whether Kemp would remain with Rancho Cucamonga into the California League playoffs -- the Quakes' magic number is 1; the playoffs start Wednesday -- or would report to the Dodgers' Arizona training complex.
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September 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CINCINNATI - Matt Kemp's hopes of returning to the Dodgers this season were a dealt a setback Friday when he was shut down indefinitely with a tight right hamstring. Kemp, who has been rehabbing a left ankle sprain, experienced some hamstring tightness while running the bases Thursday at the Dodgers' minor league facility in Glendale, Ariz. Kemp spent a month on the disabled list earlier this summer with a mild strain of the same hamstring. Dodger Manager Don Mattingly said he was uncertain how long Kemp would be held out of driills but if he can't run or hit for an extended period it would probably prevent him from rejoining the Dodgers in time for the postseason, if the team qualifies.
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April 4, 2014
L.A. has great sports fans. Uniquely loyal, yet never to be had. If Time Warner Cable thinks the notion "I need my Dodgers.com" even remotely resonates, they're advised to go back and review "I need my Rams & Raiders.com. " Anthony J. Moretti Lomita :: I realize that this full-page ad for Dodgers baseball on SportsNet L.A. is big money, but, I, for one, don't want my cable bill to go up, even one more dollar, in order to pay over-salaried players. To my TV provider, I'm willing to "miss this" and attend a few games in the season at Chavez Ravine instead.
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April 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp is expected to make his long-awaited return from the disabled list Friday, which also happens to be the day of the Dodgers' home opener. The timing is entirely coincidental. But from Kemp's perspective, it's absolutely perfect. "Opening day at Dodger Stadium is always a sight to see," Kemp said. "It's always sold out, there's always some type of excitement, 56,000 screaming Dodger fans, man. What a better way to come back than to come back for the home opener?" Kemp can't wait.
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March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Matt Kemp rejoined the Dodgers on Friday for the first time since their season-opening trip to Australia. And after taking batting practice with the team for one of the few times this spring, he pronounced himself ready to play when his stint on the disabled list ends next week. "When the time comes, if they want to put me in the lineup, I'll be ready to go," said Kemp, who is eligible to be activated for Friday's home opener. "I feel really good. I feel really confident. I feel like I can help this team win. " Kemp made three trips to the disabled list last season, appearing in only 73 games.
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March 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Matt Kemp is coming! Matt Kemp is coming! Exactly when is another matter. Currently on the 15-day disabled list, he cannot be activated until April 4 - and could be. "It's a possibility," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp also could be sent out on a rehabilitation assignment, the Dodgers trying very hard to be careful in the prognosis department as he returns from off-season foot and shoulder surgeries. Kemp did not join the team Tuesday when it practiced at Dodger Stadium for the first time since returning from Australia, where it swept two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend.
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March 20, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The wounded, the recovering and the expectant were all back at it Thursday at the Dodgers' complex in Camelback Ranch in Phoenix, and the news appeared to be mostly good. Josh Beckett, who's not only coming off surgery to remove a rib that was causing numbness in his throwing hand but he then slammed a clubhouse door on his thumb, returned to the mound and allowed one run over four innings, with six hits and a walk. He struck out four in the triple-A game against the Reds. Beckett came out of his last start six days ago an inning early when his thumb began to bother him. He threw 52 pitches, 39 for strikes.
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March 17, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Meanwhile, back at the ranch … While the Dodgers were preparing to land in Australia on Tuesday, back at Camelback Ranch some of the players they left behind were back at work Monday. Right-hander Zack Greinke tested his sore calf, apparently without problem against a Class-A Padres team. He threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. The Dodgers said he used all his pitches, had one fielding play and covered first base on another. He threw 42 pitches, 32 for strikes.
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June 28, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Yasiel Puig is strong, fast and tough. He plays with the reckless abandon of a 22-year-old rookie, but the athletic abilities of a superhero. When asked who Puig reminded him of after the Dodgers' 6-4 win over the Phillies Thursday, outfielder Matt Kemp veered away from the modest responses you so often hear from professional baseball players. “He kind of reminds me of myself,” Kemp said. “He kind of plays too hard, sometimes you've got to tell him 'calm down, you can't make every play,' but you can't really change his game.” Fifteen minutes after running into the right-field wall on a Chase Utley home run in the top of the seventh inning, Puig whacked an 0-2 slider back up the middle for a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom half of the frame.
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September 20, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Washington Nationals closer Tyler Clippard said the ninth-inning fastball he threw to Matt Kemp on Wednesday night was similar to many pitches he has thrown in his career. “That's a pitch for me that I've relied on a lot throughout my career, the elevated fastball,” Clippard said. “I felt like I put it where I wanted to, just below the letters.” But Kemp launched the 0-2 pitch over the center-field wall at Nationals Park, lifting the Dodgers to a 7-6 victory and earning them a split of the doubleheader.
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March 14, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
MESA, Ariz. - Andre Ethier's move to center field last year was sudden. Matt Kemp suffered a strained hamstring muscle and the next day Ethier was asked to do something he hadn't done regularly since college. Now, with an entire spring to prepare himself to play the position, Ethier expects to be more comfortable in the middle of the outfield this season than he was last. "I think you learn some of the finer points that come with that position, the things that you're able to do, how you cut off balls," he said.
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March 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp was back in center field Wednesday. Even though it was in a minor league intrasquad game on a practice field at the Dodgers' spring-training facility, the development marked a major breakthrough for Kemp, who is recovering from an ankle operation. This was Kemp's first game in center field this year. In his two previous intrasquad games, he was limited to hitting. “I feel a little weird still being out there, but I'm having a lot of fun,” he said. “I'm excited to be back on the field, just playing.
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