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  1. That’s just Hunter being Hunter

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    For those of us who miss Manny Ramirez‘s antics on the field, we do have an awkward sort of replacement in Hunter Pence patrolling right field for the Giants. Here’s Pence today giving the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis a double when he lost a flyball on the sun. And here is Pence with Matt Kemp up…

  2. Curt Schilling and Alex Cora pick Ryan Howard for NL MVP

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    I’m not lying. Thankfully, the rest made reasonable picks in Joey Votto (17 votes), Buster Posey and Bryce Harper (six), Ryan Braun and Justin Upton (three), Andrew McCutchen (two), and Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton (one). Ryan Howard is 33 years old and is still visibly limping from an Achilles injury that caused…

  3. The Yasiel Puig excitement is palpable … but

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Call this a deep thought. And it’s even one I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, so it’s a recycled deep thought. But given how the heat around Yasiel Puig is rising, I feel like it’s still timely. Puig, the Dodgers’ young Cuban import, has been hitting the friggin’ cover off the ball this spring.…

  4. Cole Hamels, Matt Kemp to grace Big League Chew packaging

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Boston Red Sox

    If you played Little League baseball as a kid, the sight of Big League Chew wrappers lining the ground inside the dugout is an all too familiar scene. The wrappers, commonly graced with the visages of angry, muscly baseball players, will be getting a facelift. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has the details: Shredded gum brand Big…

  5. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Don Mattingly Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Will the big spending lead the Dodgers back to the postseason? It’s a…

  6. Two Days in the Valley

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    It was a pretty full weekend in Arizona. And yes, I took that picture of Matt Harrison. Kinda proud of it. I left Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday afternoon and decided to get some food and a drink. I ended up getting that plus a poor man’s Raymond Carver story out of it, so that…

  7. Matt Kemp has no issues with shoulder in spring debut

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kemp looks on as he takes the practice field during MLB Cactus League spring training workouts at the team's facility in Glendale

    The high-priced Dodgers are going all in to make it back to the postseason, but they likely won’t get very far if Matt Kemp isn’t back to 100 percent following offseason surgery on his left shoulder. However, he passed his first test yesterday. Kemp made his Cactus League debut as the DH against the Angels…

  8. Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford unlikely to make spring debuts until early March

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp Carl Crawford

    The Dodgers begin their exhibition schedule this afternoon against the White Sox, but they’ll be doing it without two members of their projected outfield. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said yesterday that Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford likely won’t make their spring debuts until the early part of March. Kemp…

  9. Matt Kemp optimistic he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Jan 19, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty

    If you recall, surgery on Matt Kemp‘s left (non-throwing) shoulder in October was a bit more involved than originally anticipated, as Dr. Neal ElAttrache repaired a partially torn labrum and rotator cuff damage. This has left some doubt about whether he’ll be ready for the start of the 2013 season, but Kemp told Ken Gurnick…

  10. Matt Kemp’s new tattoo is interesting

    Jan 16, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Pro: Matt Kemp is a obviously a loyal, loving grandson and a family-first guy. Con: Matt Kemp’s girlfriends may ask him to keep his shirt on at all times because, nothing personal, but giant a tattoo of Kemp’s grandparents may be a mood-killer. That’s all they’re saying. Nothing personal, really.

  11. Fans choose Andrew McCutchen for cover of “MLB ’13 The Show”

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen AP

    We told you about the fan vote for the cover of “MLB ’13 The Show” earlier this week, so we might as well let you know that after five days of voting (and heavy campaigning by all parties on Twitter), Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was declared the winner. McCutchen was trailed by CC Sabathia,…

  12. Dodgers “have talked about” moving Dee Gordon to outfield

    Jan 11, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

    Dee Gordon Getty

    Trade rumors swirling around Dee Gordon seem to have died down, but Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting note about the Dodgers shortstop: The Dodgers have talked about moving the fleet-footed Gordon to the outfield but appear inclined to keep him at shortstop for now. Gordon figures to start the season…

  13. You can vote for the cover boy for “MLB ’13 The Show” if you’re so inclined

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Atari

    I don’t play many video games and I don’t vote in many fan polls, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel the same way. And if you don’t, you can cast your vote for the cover boy for “MLB ’12 The Show” over at MLB.com starting today. The candidates: Buster Posey, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Andrew McCutchen, Bryce…

  14. Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million contract with Dodgers does not include no-trade protection

    Dec 9, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    dodger stadium getty

    The Dodgers can have quite a firesale if they want. ESPN and SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden reports that the record six-year, $147 million contract committed Saturday to free agent right-hander Zack Greinke does not include a no-trade clause. Also without no-trade protection are center fielder Matt Kemp, who agreed to an eight-year, $160 million extension in November…

  15. The Dodgers are out of the mix for Torii Hunter

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter AP

    We heard a report over the weekend that the Dodgers were “aggressively pursuing” free agent outfielder Torii Hunter. While nothing can be ruled out right now with the free-spending Dodgers, it didn’t make a lot of sense considering that Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are all locked in on long-term contracts. And it…

  16. Carl Crawford expected to be ready for Opening Day

    Nov 12, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford AP

    Carl Crawford was limited to just 31 games in the majors this season prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in August. Pitchers usually need around a year to get back into game action, but position players can return sooner. That’s what the Dodgers are hoping for, anyway. Dodgers general manager Ned…

  17. The Dodgers are “aggressively pursuing” Torii Hunter…or not

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    UPDATE: Hold your horses, everyone. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers’ interest in Hunter has been overstated. Hernandez hears that Hunter’s agent approached the Dodgers, who agreed to take a meeting with him. You know how agents used to try to get the Yankees involved in order to get other…

  18. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  19. Injured prospect Alfredo Silverio gets dropped from Dodgers’ 40-man

    Nov 4, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

    Alfredo Silverio

    Outfielder Alfredo Silverio, who was ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect by Baseball America before suffering serious injuries in a car accident in January, was sent outright to Triple-A on Sunday. Silverio missed the entire 2012 season with a concussion and other injuries sustained in the accident. He had Tommy John surgery on his throwing…

  20. Matt Kemp won’t be cleared to swing a bat until January

    Oct 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty

    Matt Kemp held a conference call with reporters this afternoon to discuss his status following October 5 shoulder surgery and revealed that he won’t be cleared to swing a bat until at least January. “That’s the time I usually start hitting anyway,” Kemp said, although based on other players who’ve gone through similar surgeries–new teammate…

  21. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  22. Dave Hansen will not return as Dodgers’ hitting coach next season

    Oct 13, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Dave Hansen Getty

    According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers announced yesterday that Dave Hansen will not return as hitting coach next season. Meanwhile, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, bench coach Trey Hillman, third base coach Tim Wallach, first base coach Davey Lopes and bullpen coach Kenny Howell are all slated to return. Hansen was…

  23. A.J. Ellis had knee surgery to repair meniscus tears

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ellis_A.J.

    Matt Kemp isn’t the only Dodgers regular who needed surgery once the season was over, as catcher A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday to repair meniscus tears. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Ellis will be sidelined for six weeks, which should give him plenty of time to get healthy by…

  24. Shane Victorino will be a playoff analyst for TBS this week

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Next month Shane Victorino will hit the open market as a free agent, but in the meantime he’s serving as a television analyst for the playoffs. Tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday he’ll join Matt Winer, Dennis Eckersley, and David Wells on the TBS studio team. Mark Newman of MLB.com reports that Matt Kemp was initially supposed…

  25. Matt Kemp’s shoulder was worse than expected, may not be full-strength for 2013

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    matt kemp getty

    We noted yesterday that Matt Kemp‘s shoulder surgery was a success — all surgery on athletes is a success — but the post-op news from L.A. is not all good. Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp’s shoulder was more damaged than first thought, and there is a chance that he will…

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