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  1. Matt Kemp day-to-day after MRI confirms hamstring strain

    May 14, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty

    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Matt Kemp is day-to-day after an MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a left hamstring strain. He aggravated the injury during yesterday’s game against the Rockies. Kemp has already insisted that he will not need a stint on the disabled list, but he figures to miss the next couple of…

  2. Rafael Furcal is scorching hot for the Cardinals

    May 14, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    St. Louis got swept by at home by the Braves over the weekend, but it certainly wasn’t the shortstop’s fault. Rafael Furcal went 7-for-11 with two walks against his original team and is a ridiculous 15-for-21 over his last five games. The stretch has him batting .383/.447/.519 for the season. Baseball-reference’s WAR rates him the…

  3. Magic Johnson: hands-on owner

    May 14, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Given his struggles in May, it seems like Matt Kemp‘s hamstring is bugging him. Which makes his bravado from yesterday in which he said there’s no way he’s hitting the disabled list a bit troubling.  With the team doing well, now would be a great time for him to take a break, get healthy and…

  4. Matt Kemp: “I’m definitely not going on the DL”

    May 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp aggravated his troublesome hamstring yesterday and he was frustrated about it.  He’s going to have an MRI today to see how bad it is.  While Don Mattingly says that the DL is a possibility, Kemp doesn’t seem to think it’s that bad: “I’m definitely not going on the DL; that’s not going to…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

  6. Matt Kemp aggravates hammy, Andre Ethier gets ejected

    May 13, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers’ big guns left it to Bobby Abreu and A.J. Ellis to do the damage in an 11-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday. Matt Kemp left prior to the fourth inning after tweaking his sore left hamstring, and Andre Ethier was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a called strike three. Kemp…

  7. Adam Dunn has already equaled his home run total from last season

    May 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn AP

    Adam Dunn just did it again. The resurgent slugger connected for a solo blast off right-hander Felipe Paulino in the bottom of the first inning tonight against the Royals. With that, he already has 11 home runs through 139 plate appearances this year after hitting just 11 over 496 plate appearances during his miserable first…

  8. Don Mattingly willingly takes the bat out of Matt Kemp’s hands

    May 9, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves

    Look, I’m not saying I would be a better manager than Don Mattingly. I know I wouldn’t be. I’d screw up every single double switch, I’d forget to warm up guys in the bullpen, I’d drop F-bombs on my local radio show and the first time my clubhouse got a little out of control I’d…

  9. Giants beat writer says that Dodgers fans are “total idiots” and “the worst fans in baseball”

    May 8, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    It was late and out west so I didn’t see it, but San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Hank Schulman witnessed something in L.A. last night that is is kind of mind boggling. It happened in the sixth inning, when Matt Kemp made an error on a Melky Cabrera single to center. Kemp had trouble getting…

  10. Matt Kemp returns after missing a start due to hamstring

    May 7, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp is back playing center field and batting third for the Dodgers on Monday after taking a seat in Sunday’s loss to the Cubs. He’s been nursing a tight left hamstring. Kemp did make an appearance Sunday to keep his consecutive games streak alive, flying out as a pinch-hitter. Tonight’s game will extend the…

  11. Freddie Freeman powers Braves to rare sweep in Colorado

    May 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones

    The Braves cleaned up in Coors Field this weekend, winning three straight games for their first sweep in Colorado since 2003. Freddie Freeman hit his sixth homer and tripled in the 7-2 victory Sunday. The Braves scored 29 runs in the three games. Freeman is up to 26 RBI for the season, placing him third…

  12. Matt Kemp scratched Sunday with left hamstring tightness

    May 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    matt kemp ap

    Despite piles of evidence to the contrary, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is apparently human. According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, the 27-year-old has been scratched from Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs because of a tight left hamstring. There are rainy conditions at and around Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and the Dodgers don’t want to risk…

  13. The Dodgers will pay Frank McCourt’s company $14 million a year to rent parking lots

    May 5, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Matt Kemp will begin making $20 million a year next season. The Dodgers second-highest obligation? Frank McCourt! Or at least his company, which will get $14 million a year from the team for rent on the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium. How much of that actually goes to McCourt is not clear — others own…

  14. Jim Tracy gives Matt Kemp the Barry Bonds treatment

    May 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    And it backfired. Matt Kemp, the NL player of the month for April, hadn’t been intentionally walked all season before Colorado manager Jim Tracy gave him two free passes today. It was the second of those that was truly surprising, though: Kemp was put on as the tying run with a man on first and…

  15. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

  16. Ryan Braun hits three homers then settles for a triple

    May 1, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun hit three homers and then tripled at Petco Park in leading the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Padres on Monday. Braun struggled this spring while dealing with a possible 50-game steroids suspension that was later overturned, but he’s been locked in since Opening Day. He’s now tied for second in the…

  17. Dodgers’ sale expected to be finalized Tuesday

    Apr 30, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson, Frank McCourt

    UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the sale will not close today, as originally expected. No reason for panic, though, as the sale is not in danger and should close early tomorrow. In other exciting Dodgers’ news, Matt Kemp hit his 12th home run of the season in the first inning…

  18. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all. Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames. Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile…

  19. Tracking Bryce Harper’s major league debut

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    We’ll provide updates throughout the night as baseball’s top prospect, 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, makes his MLB debut against the Dodgers. Here’s the lineup, via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: As promised, Harper bats 7th: Desmond, ss; Lombardozzi, 3b Werth, rf LaRoche, 1b; Ankiel, cf Espinosa, 2b; Harper, lf Ramos, c Strasburg — Adam…

  20. Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    joey lawrence woah

    Here’s a pretty incredible tidbit, courtesy of MLB’s official “Stat of the Day” feed on Twitter: Matt Kemp joined Mickey Mantle (1956) and Willie Mays (1964) as only CFs in liveball era to hit 10 HRs within their team’s first 19 games. — MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 26, 2012 Matt Kemp is…

  21. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Yankees 7, Rangers 4: The platonic ideal of a late-dynasty Yankees game: Four hits for Jeter, homer for A-Rod, a CC Sabathia win and a Mariano Rivera save.  In other news, I sorta feel like I wanna be the guy who starts writing the breathless “can Derek Jeter hit .400?” articles. Maybe I’ll do one…

  22. Matt Kemp does not win the NL Player of the Week Award

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman, Henry Blanco

    It’s been such a regular thing lately that I feel it newsworthy to point out when Matt Kemp doesn’t win the player of the week award.  This week Freddie Freeman did.  In the AL it was Phil Humber. Freeman went 11-for-23 with three homers, five doubles, 25 total bases and 14 RBI on the week, leading…

  23. Matt Kemp’s nine homers in 15 games set Dodgers record

    Apr 22, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    matt kemp getty

    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Matt Kemp set a franchise record for home runs through 15 games with his ninth of the season to back up a solid outing by Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers got a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. The Dodgers have been around (in…

  24. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

  25. Matt Kemp, Josh Willingham named players of the week

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Two weeks of the season down, two weeks of Matt Kemp taking player of the week honors in the NL. He also won the last player of the week award last season, so it’s three straight for him. The kid is pretty good, no? Kemp won the award again for a week in which he went…

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