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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Matt Kemp scratched Sunday with left hamstring tightness

    May 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Still red hot, Matt Kemp goes 3-for-4, hits sixth homer

    Apr 15, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers have been a two-man offense so far, but when those two are as hot as Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are, that’s plenty good enough. Kemp went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Sunday as part of a 5-4 win over the Padres, moving the Dodgers to 9-1 on the season. Kemp is…

  18. Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    jackie robinson

    On April 15, 1947 — 65 years ago today — Jackie Robinson made his debut at Ebbets Field, breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in a 5-3 Brooklyn Dodgers victory over the visiting Boston Braves. On Sunday, the baseball world remembers and celebrates and collectively dons Jackie’s No. 42. And if you haven’t already seen…

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Royals 4: Jonathan Broxton walked two batters and hit two batters to blow the game in the 12th inning. That, my friends, is how you blow a save. Without doubt and with authority. None of this pussyfooting around with grounders that just get past an infielder. Decisive action brings order to a world full…

  20. Joe Torre admits to difficult relationship with Matt Kemp

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Joe Torre - Dodgers

    Joe Torre called Matt Kemp the game’s best player in a conversation with ESPN Los Angeles’ Tony Jackson on Tuesday, but he indicated it might have taken his departure as Dodgers manager for Kemp to take that next step. Kemp had his breakthrough season in 2011 after Don Mattingly replaced Torre as manager. “He was…

  21. Players with more homers than the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence fans

    Jay Bruce Miguel Cabrera Yoenis Cespedes Corey Hart Omar Infante Alex Avila Carlos Beltran Lucas Duda Prince Fielder Aaron Hill Eric Hosmer Adam LaRoche Matt Kemp Nick Markakis Carlos Pena Pablo Sandoval Carlos Santana Josh Willingham Yeah, I’m trolling a bit. But this has been an ugly offensive display. Not only do the 1-3 Phillies…

  22. Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera named MLB players of the week

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Can you really call it a week after three games?  Sure, why not?  So player of the “week” honors go to Matt Kemp in the NL and Miguel Cabrera in the AL. Cabrera batted .455 (5-for-11) with an A.L.-leading three home runs and eight RBI.  Kemp hit .412 (7-for-17) while leading the Majors with six runs scored…

  23. Padres place Dustin Moseley on DL with shoulder strain

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have placed starter Dustin Moseley on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and have recalled left-hander Josh Spence from Triple-A Tucson to take his place on the 25-man roster. Moseley surrendered five earned runs and walked two batters Saturday in his regular-season debut…

  24. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  25. The Reds go too far with Joey Votto’s $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Ever since Joey Votto won the 2010 NL MVP award, it seemed like Reds fans were counting down the days to his departure. The Reds weren’t going to pony up the money Votto so clearly deserved, and Votto, for his part, seemed OK with the idea of spending the second half of his career in…

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