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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 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp suddenly found himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal Sunday. In the hours leading up to the Dodgers' 6-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies, the celebrity gossip site TMZ released a second audio recording of what was said to be a conversation between the Clippers owner and a woman described in court filings as his girlfriend. The female voice in the recording promised to remove from her Instagram account a picture of her with Kemp. On a recorded conversation released earlier, a man identified as Sterling chided a female friend for "associating with black people.
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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 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp woke up Sunday morning to suddenly find himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal, as TMZ released another audio clip said to be of the Clippers owner speaking to his girlfriend. In the recording, the man purported to be Sterling voices displeasure about the woman's Instagram pictures of her with African Americans, including Kemp. “Racism is kind of old, for real,” Kemp said. “Honestly, I just feel sorry for him, that he feels that way about African American people.” Kemp is friends with Clippers players Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
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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, 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 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's up with all the strikeouts? The Dodgers are whiffing at an alarming rate early this season. They've already struck out 215 times, just four below the major league-high marks of the Mets and White Sox. By comparison, the Tigers have only 119 strikeouts in four fewer games. You can't get a hit if you don't put the ball in play, which partially explains why the Dodgers have a dismal .301 team on-base percentage mark and are an unexpected 18th in runs scored. This team is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, but it's shown only flashes of its potential thus far. Few Dodgers have been able to free themselves of this unforeseen malaise.
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April 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Familiar problems resurfaced Thursday for the Dodgers and their manager. Brian Wilson again didn't resemble the pitcher he was last season, as he was charged with four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. There were problems aside from the continued instability of Wilson, who has already spent 15 days sidelined because of issues with his surgically repaired elbow. BOX SCORE: Philadelphia 7, Dodgers 3 The Dodgers made another costly error, this time in the form of a routine bouncer hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove and dribbling into the outfield.
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April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. This was significant, considering how the Dodgers have played defense in the first three-plus weeks of the regular season. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. They entered the day with 22 errors, the second-most among the 30 teams in the majors. Their fielding percentage of .974 was third-worst. “We have to get better,” Hanley Ramirez said.
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April 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
There is this one little thing about your first-place Dodgers that probably should be noted. They are 12-8 overall -- or 7-1 against the woeful Arizona Diamondbacks and 5-7 against everyone else. Could they be a team whose first-place status has been built upon a favorable early schedule? They looked plenty beatable Monday in losing 7-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies before an announced Dodger Stadium crowd of 37,715. Of course, Cliff Lee had a little something to do with that.
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April 19, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Deep and dangerous, that was the plan. An almost embarrassing wealth of weapons. Recently, though, that mighty Dodgers offense had looked rather drowsy, looked oh-so average. After scoring 24 runs in three games in Arizona last weekend, the Dodgers had scored two, one, one and two runs in their next four. "This game is so stupid sometimes," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. That much ballyhooed, four-headed outfield? The four went into Saturday batting a combined .217. Not one of them was hitting better than .235 and it brought the question that maybe all this outfield platooning was affecting their offensive rhythm.
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April 18, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Seems the Dodgers couldn't beat the Diamondbacks forever. Or six consecutive times. They went extra innings Friday night, only for what little remained of a Dodger Stadium crowd of 47,680 to see the Dodgers fall, 4-2, in 12 innings. The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak by scoring twice off Dodgers reliever Chris Perez. With a spent bullpen, Perez pitched two innings for the first time this season. He gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollack in the 12th and then hit Cliff Pennington with a pitch as he attempted to bunt.
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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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April 18, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As it turns out, we all got the question wrong. How would the Dodgers split playing time among four outfielders? By the time the Dodgers finally got their four headline outfielders healthy at the same time, they had decided to split time among five outfielders. For now, the Dodgers have a stable outfield rotation. If they face a right-hander, the outfield consists of Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and either Matt Kemp or Yasiel Puig. If they face a left-hander, the outfield consists of Kemp, Puig and Scott Van Slyke.
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April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson might be on the disabled list because of the Dodgers' shortened spring training before they opened the season in Australia, but the team's hitters appear to be completely unaffected. The Dodgers are alone in first place in the National League West, in large part because of their offense, which had another spectacular day Sunday in an 8-6, sweep-sealing victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game, Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe also belted home runs, and Dee Gordon swiped a career-high four bases.
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