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  1. Dodgers welcome Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier back from the disabled list

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp Andre Ethier

    The Dodgers’ offense just got a major boost, as both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have been activated from the disabled list and are batting third and fourth respectively tonight against the Padres. Kemp has been sidelined since aggravating his left hamstring strain on May 30. While he made it back from the initial injury…

  2. Prince Fielder wins his second Home Run Derby crown

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder Getty

    We made it, you guys. Another Home Run Derby is in the rear view mirror, as Prince Fielder defeated Jose Bautista in the finals tonight to take home this year’s crown. It was Fielder’s second Home Run Derby win, the other coming back in 2009 in St. Louis. Ken Griffey, Jr., who won in 1994, 1998 and…

  3. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  4. Jose Canseco thinks he’d win the Home Run Derby

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Well, of course he does. He’s Jose Canseco, after all. Unfortunately, Canseco, who turned 48 a week ago, wasn’t invited to the festivities by either Matt Kemp or Robinson Cano. Surely only because he wasn’t eligible to be invited, by virtue of his being out of the league for 11 years now. Still, I’d be…

  5. Mark Trumbo is your Home Run Derby favorite

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    With Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium serving as the battleground, Monday’s Home Run Derby figured to yield fewer souveniers than usual. Kauffman is one of the game’s tough home run parks. Using Stats Inc. park factors, only Minnesota’s Target Field played tougher on home runs for AL parks  from 2009-11 and that only slightly. It’s played…

  6. Andrew McCutchen gets Home Run Derby call

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Andrew McCutchen is going up against the big boys. The Pirates center fielder, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, was named as Giancarlo Stanton‘s replacement in Monday’s Home Run Derby. McCutchen is tied for sixth in the National League with 16 homers this season, putting him on pace to smash his previous high…

  7. Michael Bourn replaces Ian Desmond in All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Ian Desmond, Adam Jones

    Ian Desmond is 2-for-2 with a home run today, but the league has announced that he’ll sit out the All-Star Game and be replaced by Braves center fielder Michael Bourn. Desmond, who leads all shortstops with 16 home runs this season, has been nursing a strained left oblique for three weeks and decided the rest…

  8. Matt Kemp continues rehab, plans to be in Home Run Derby

    Jul 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Matt Kemp played his third minor-league rehab game yesterday, going 1-for-4 and logging seven innings defensively in center field. Kemp is now 5-for-11 (.455) with a double at Single-A and his hamstring feels good enough that he’s still planning to participate in the Home Run Derby despite being ruled out of the All-Star game. Barring…

  9. Dodgers shut down Andre Ethier with oblique injury

    Jul 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Andre Ethier Getty

    After remaining on the Dodgers’ active roster without playing for more than a week Andre Ethier has finally been placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. Because of the All-Star break and the DL stint being retroactive to his last action on June 27 he’ll be eligible to return for the first…

  10. Matt Kemp’s rehab assignment is going well so far

    Jul 5, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Matt Kemp is two games in to a rehab assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, and it goes well so far. Last night he went 2 for 4 with three RBI. That matches his 2 for 4 in his first game. Of course, hitting A-ball pitchers is not gonna be much of a trick even for a…

  11. Yu Darvish, David Freese lead “Final Vote” balloting

    Jul 4, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    With one day remaining in the “Final Vote” contest for All-Star spots Rangers starter Yu Darvish leads the AL balloting and Cardinals third baseman David Freese leads the NL balloting. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been leading in the NL, but yesterday he was removed from the “Final Vote” ballot after being named the…

  12. Chipper Jones replaces Matt Kemp on NL All-Star team

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    It’s a case of very unusual timing, what with Chipper Jones currently leading the NL Final Vote, but the National League announced Tuesday that Jones would replace the injured Matt Kemp on the All-Star team. The most recent reports had Chipper holding a slim lead in the Final Vote balloting over Cardinals third baseman David…

  13. Matt Kemp to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

    Jul 2, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers were dead-last in the majors last month with a .212 batting average, a .571 OPS and 88 runs scored, but help is on the way. Matt Kemp told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times a short while ago that he remains on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with…

  14. Robinson Cano picks his AL Home Run Derby team

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    There was no talking Josh Hamilton into taking part in the Home Run Derby, so Robinson Cano went with some pretty good fallbacks Monday: Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder and Mark Trumbo. Bautista leads the AL with 26 homers at the moment, one more than Hamilton. Cano and Trumbo both have 20 apiece, while Fielder lags…

  15. Matt Kemp picks his Home Run Derby squad

    Jul 1, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Squad captain Matt Kemp announced Sunday that he’s chosen the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez, the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran to participate alongside himself in the Home Run Derby. Kemp plans to take part in the contest, even though he’s still expected to be on the disabled list as he continues his recovery…

  16. Bryce Harper would vote for Chipper Jones for All-Star Game

    Jul 1, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper has to be considered the favorite to win the NL Final Vote for the last spot on the All-Star team, but he said after Sunday’s game that, “I’d vote for Chipper.” Harper and Chipper Jones are in the mix along with Michael Bourn, Aaron Hill and David Freese in the Final Vote, but…

  17. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  18. Matt Kemp aiming to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup for first game after All-Star break

    Jul 1, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has been on the shelf for close to five weeks with a left hamstring strain that dates back to the middle of May. But he is making progress and already charting his return. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp is planning to embark on a minor…

  19. Where did all of the doubles go?

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Does this look like a doubles swing to you?

    It’s still early enough to turn around, but there are a lot of hitters this year with many more homers than doubles: Jose Bautista – 25 HR, 9 2B Adam Dunn – 24 HR, 10 2B Curtis Granderson – 21 HR, 9 2B Carlos Beltran – 20 HR, 9 2B Dayan Viciedo – 13 HR,…

  20. Dodgers put rest of MLB on notice with Yasiel Puig signing

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Don Mattingly

    21-year-old Yasiel Puig didn’t receive the same kind of hype as Yoenis Cespedes after defecting from Cuba. He did receive the same kind of money, though, mostly thanks to the new Dodgers ownership’s desire to flex its financial muscle. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Dodgers signed Puig to a deal worth $42 million…

  21. UPDATE: Andre Ethier leaves game with oblique injury

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Andre Ethier

    UPDATE: The Dodgers just announced that Ethier has a left oblique injury. That’s tough stuff, as it figures to mean a DL stint. The Dodgers are already crippled offensively, so this is not what anyone needed. Well, the Giants will take it even if they know better than to gloat, but no one in Dodger…

  22. Matt Kemp won’t pick Bryce Harper for Home Run Derby

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    MLB decided a year ago to spice things up a bit by letting a captain pick his roster for the Home Run Derby. It added to the fun the first time it was tried. Things might be starting to get interesting this time around, too. Despite popular demand, Matt Kemp told USATODAY that 19-year-old Bryce…

  23. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  24. Matt Kemp unlikely to return before the All-Star break

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    There’s no firm timetable yet for Matt Kemp‘s return from a hamstring strain that he aggravated just two games after coming off the disabled list, but manager Don Mattingly admitted yesterday that the center fielder is unlikely to play before the All-Star break. That also means Kemp won’t play in the All-Star game, although being…

  25. Ryan Braun takes over NL home run lead

    Jun 20, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, George Kottaras

    Ryan Braun has, temporarily at least, lost his hold on a starting spot for the National League All-Star team. He does, however, possess the league lead in homers after hitting his 20th today. He overtook Carlos Beltran, who has been stuck on 19 for a week now. Braun went 3-for-4 in leading the Brewers to…

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