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  1. Dodgers not rushing Hanley Ramirez back from hamstring injury

    May 25, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    While the Dodgers lost 7-0 to the Cardinals last night and currently sit at 19-27 on the season, they aren’t about to rush Hanley Ramirez back from his left hamstring injury. Austin Laymance of MLB.com reports that Ramirez ran curves, took batting practice and fielded ground balls before last night’s game. He estimated that he’s…

  2. Matt Kemp, Chris Singleton pledge help to Oklahoma tornado victims

    May 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Massive Tornado Causes Large Swath Of Destruction In Suburban Moore, Oklahoma

    Matt Kemp is an Oklahoma native, so the tragedy in Oklahoma City yesterday certainly hit home for him. He’s doing something about it: I’m giving $1000 for tonight’s HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. #PrayforOklahoma — Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) May 21, 2013 So too is…

  3. Watch Hyun-Jin Ryu and Gio Gonzalez play catch with fans

    May 15, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers suck, but they’ve been aces on fan relations lately. First that Matt Kemp video last week, now Hyun-Jin Ryu warms up with a young fan: Man, the kid has a pretty good arm. Wonder if he could take Beckett’s slot in the rotation … UPDATE: Gio Gonzalez did it too: This trend will…

  4. Matt Kemp is the best: gives a disabled fan an autographed ball … and his cap and jersey

    May 7, 2013, 11:36 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

    Vin Scully is my Homeboy found an amazing video from the Dodgers-Giants series last weekend. The description from YouTube says the fan in it is disabled and is “fighting a tough battle.”  Matt Kemp came over to sign an autograph and … just watch: Gettin’ dusty in here. Pardon me for a bit.

  5. Hanley Ramirez leaves game with hamstring injury, probably out a long time

    May 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Hanley Ramirez didn’t make his 2013 debut until Monday. He probably played his last game for a long time last night: he suffered a “serious” left hamstring injury while going first-to-third: Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez “got it pretty good,” comparing it to the hamstring injury suffered by Matt Kemp last year. That one sidelined Kemp…

  6. Mets get a walkoff grand slam to beat Dodgers in 10

    Apr 25, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    New York Mets Jordany Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run to beat Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB game in New York

    Jordany Valdespin‘s first homer of 2013 was memorable; he delivered a grand slam off Josh Wall in the bottom of the 10th to give the Mets a 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday. It was the second walkoff slam of the year, with Baltimore’s Matt Wieters collecting the other. Valdespin, who earlier entered the…

  7. Don’t expect fireworks in Dodgers-Padres rematch Monday

    Apr 12, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin, Zack Greinke

    Tempers have just a few days to cool off before the Dodgers and Padres play in Los Angeles on Monday. That Matt Kemp wants a piece of Carlos Quentin is undeniable, and it’s safe to say he’s not the only Dodger who feels that way — he’s just the biggest and strongest. Still, those expecting…

  8. Carlos Quentin charges mound, Zack Greinke suffers broken collarbone

    Apr 12, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Carlos Quentin

    Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being drilled by Zack Greinke, leading to a benches-clearing incident in the sixth inning of Thursday’s Dodgers-Padres game. Greinke, a right-hander, suffered a broken left collarbone in the fight that ensued and is likely DL bound. Don Mattingly, steamed after what turned out to be a 3-2 win, said…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Two Days in the Valley

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    IMG_0555

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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