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27 Matt Kemp RF
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 9/23/1984 | Birthplace: Midwest City, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $20,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/87 | Average Draft Position: 53.45
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Padres OF Matt Kemp hits homer in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning of Sunday afternoon's 6-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. 

For Kemp, it was his sixth homer of the season. Kemp finished the day 2 for 4 from the plate. He now holds a .250/.286/.375 slash line for the year. 


Padres RF Matt Kemp collects two hits on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp continues to try and break from his season-long slump at the plate, and he may be starting to find his stroke. Kemp went 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Kemp doubled to lead off the first and came around to score later in the inning. Then he drove in a run with a single in the sixth inning to make the score 6-2 at the time.

The veteran outfielder is now hitting .250 with three doubles and three home runs in his last 11 games. However, he has also struck out 14 times without drawing a walk over that span. 


Padres RF Matt Kemp blasts two-run home run in losing effort


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Batting leadoff for the second straight day, Padres right fielder Matt Kemp belted a two-run home run in Thursday's 13-8 loss to the Giants. Kemp had two hits on Thursday, as he went deep for the third time in his last nine games.

Kemp still has just five home runs on the season, and is batting a meager .205 over his last 10 contests.


Padres RF Matt Kemp gets rare start in leadoff spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp has been moved into the leadoff spot for the Wednesday night game in San Francisco. It marks the first time he has held down that place in the order since 2010.

The Padres have been searching for a leadoff hitter most of the year. They have used four different players in that spot over the previous 12 games.

Kemp has struggled to get on base consistently or hit for power. He owns a slash line of .243/.281/.349 with only four home runs.


Padres RF Matt Kemp knocks two hits in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 5 and scored two runs in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Kemp is hitting .260 with two home runs and two RBI in his last five games.


Homers have Padres OF Matt Kemp ending speculation about hip


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp has stifled a bit of the speculation in regard to why he has struggled at the plate after a sizzling start to the season by slugging two home runs in the last three games.

The speculation that his difficulties were related to a physical issue, however, will not end until he fully emerges from his slump. A team source has claimed that Kemp has merely been out of sync mechanically at the plate.

Kemp was batting .350 on April 26, which could wreck the theory that the hip ailment that originally gave the team pause to sign Kemp caused his later difficulties, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Kemp hit no home runs from April 18 to June 16 as his average fell from .350 to .244 in about a month.


Padres OF Matt Kemp hits solo homer in win over A's


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp hit his fourth home run of the season in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Athletics. 

Kemp, San Diego's designated hitter for the game, hit his homer to left center in the fourth inning. He finished the game 2 for 4 and also had a single. This is Kemp's fifth multi-hit game in his past 20 games. 

Kemp now has a slash line of .250/.290/.358 for the year. 


Padres OF Matt Kemp blasts homer in loss to Athletics


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp hit his third home run of the season in Tuesday afternoon's 6-5 loss to the Athletics. 

Kemp's solo shot in the top of the ninth inning tied the game up at 5-5. However, the Athletics would score via a walk-off single in the bottom-half of the inning for the win. It was Kemp's second home run in the month of June. 

Kemp finished the game 1 for 4. He now holds a slash line of .246/.288/.346. 


Padres RF Matt Kemp blasts home run, five RBI in win over Reds


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp almost beat the Reds by himself on Saturday.

The slugger went 3 for 4 with a home run, five RBI and a walk in his team's 9-7 win. The performance was his best outing of the season. 

"Driving in runs is what it's about," Kemp said, per The San Diego Union-Tribune. "Home runs come. I've never worried about hitting home runs. Usually you look up and you've hit some home runs. For me, I've never had a lot of success trying to hit home runs."

For the season, Kemp is hitting .256 with two home runs and 31 RBI in 223 at-bats.


Matt Kemp's bases-loaded double gives Padres win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp hit a bases-clearing, two-out double in the tenth inning to help beat the Angels on Tuesday. 

Kemp went 2 for 5 and broke a scoreless tie with his bases loaded hit. His three RBI gave him 25 on the year. He also scored a run. The double was his tenth this season and the only extra base hit for either team in the game.

"You go through stretches where things aren't working your way," Kemp said, per MLB.com. "I have hit that stretch. I feel like the earlier the better. Now I can do some things to help this team start to win."


Padres OF Matt Kemp set to DH on Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Slumping Padres outfielder Matt Kemp will not have to worry about playing the field Monday night against the cross-town Angels. He is serving as the designated hitter after starting 44 of 45 games in right.

Kemp broke a 1-for-18 slide with two hits Sunday. But he has just one homer run in 175 at-bats on the season.


Padres' Matt Kemp trying to keep ankles healthy this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp is a bit of a beatup veteran nowadays. Kemp, now 30, has underdone both shoulder and microfracture surgery on his ankle in the last two years, which has limited what he is able to do on the base paths, according to Sports Illustrated.

"I can still run, but I can't run like I used to run," Kemp said. "I got to do a lot more maintenance, making sure my body is right. When I was younger, I could just get out of bed, go play a game and be good. I've got to warm up, get those muscles loose to get ready for a game. It's a process now."

In the last four seasons, Kemp has totaled 31 stolen bases. In 2011, he swiped 40 bags. 

"It can be tough on you mentally," Kemp said. "You go from stealing this many bases, feeling like this, but you've got to figure out a way to do what you do, but not with the same speed. Just be smarter. You're already a student of the game, but you've got to study more to know certain situations, and things like that. I have my good days and my bad days. For the most part, I feel good. I can run again. Not as explosive, due to my ankle. But as I continue to get range of motion in it, it'll get better and better. It just takes some time. I feel like maybe the second half of this year, or the beginning of next year, it'll be where it needs to be."


Padres OF Matt Kemp still trying to find power stroke


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp is yet to find the home run power this season. Kemp has just one homer in the first 37 games of the season after crushing 25 in 2014. Kemp, however, remains optimistic it will turn around, according to U-T San Diego.

"There's been 37 games? So there's 125 left?" Kemp said. "I've got a lot of time to make up for what I haven't done. I've never really worried about how many home runs I get. The main concern for me is winning games."

Manager Bud Black thinks Kemp is pushing too hard.

"All the guys are sort of pressing, and Matt probably more so than most," the Padres manager said. "His care factor is high. He has to be the guy. He wants that responsibility."

Kemp is hitting .267 with 21 RBI in 146 at-bats this season.


Padres OF Matt Kemp returns to starting lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp returned to the starting lineup and will hit third on Tuesday against the Mariners, after receiving the day off on Sunday against Arizona, according to the Seattle Times. With Kemp back in action, Wil Myers will move back to his normal leadoff spot.

Kemp is just hitting just .154 with four RBI in 39 at-bats. He has just three hits in his last 30 at-bats.


Padres OF Matt Kemp trying to fight off struggles at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp is in the middle of a tough stretch at the plate. After starting the year on a tear, hitting .368 through the first 14 games of the year, Kemp's average has come back down to Earth, down to .275 on the year. In the month of May, Kemp is just hitting just .154 with four RBI in 39 at-bats. Manager Bud Black is trying to help him get through the issues, according to MLB Network Radio.

"Matt's never gone through a stretch like this before so he's frustrated, he's gonna come out of it but its been tough on him," Black said.


Padres' Matt Kemp sits, Wil Myers bats third Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

It's the first off-day of the season for Kemp, who has batted third in each of his team's first 32 games. With Kemp off, Wil Myers will slide to the No. 3 spot, while second baseman Cory Spangenberg will lead off for the second time this season.

The Padres are road favorites (-123) Sunday.


At 30-years old, RF Matt Kemp is an iron man for the Padres this season


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp continues to play ever day, not missing a start all season, and the 30-year old veteran wouldn't have it any other way, reports U-T San Diego

"I’ve got to be out there playing," Kemp said. "I love playing every game." 

His arthritic hips, recent surgeries and eroding defense has caused some doubt about his durability, but Kemp, who continues to lead the majors in starts this season, has no interest in taking a day off for rest. 

"I’ve always been like that," said Kemp. "When I’m healthy I want to play every day. It’s not any surprise. Throughout my career, when I’m healthy I’ve always played."

Kemp has hit third in the lineup every game and is batting .288 this season, with one homer, eight doubles and 19 RBI.


RF Matt Kemp producing every day for Padres


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Right fielder Matt Kemp has started every game for the Padres this season despite questions early on about the 30-year old's durability, per UTSandiego.com.

Although he has just one home run this year, Kemp is second in the National League with a .327 batting average and is tied for fifth with 17 RBI.

He has also produced 10 multiple hit games in his 26 games played.


Padres OF Matt Kemp gets 3 hits in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp went 3 for 4 in Monday night's 14-3 blowout win over the Rockies. 

Kemp hit a double, his fourth of the season, and two singles. He also crossed home plate three times during the game. He totaled four RBI as well. Kemp now has 13 RBI for the season. 

Kemp is now batting .368/.393/.561. 


Torrid Matt Kemp launches first homer Saturday for Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Matt Kemp continued to be one of the premier newcomers to any team this season with another big game Saturday against the Cubs. The only difference between his latest effort and those that preceded it is that this time he homered.

His first blast of the year, a two-run job in the first inning, gave the Padres their only runs until a four-run ninth tied it. He was also involved in the comeback by singling and scoring as he improved his slash line to .340./.358/.540.

Kemp is 12-for-29 with six runs scored and six RBI in his last seven games.


Padres OF Matt Kemp rolling into the Windy City this weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The Padres open a three-game series with the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. One player that is probably happy to be rolling into the Windy City is Padres outfielder Matt Kemp, who has pretty impressive numbers at Wrigley.

In 25 career games at the historic ballpark, Kemp is batting .323 (30 for 93) with a .375 on-base percentage, .613 slugging percentage, .988 OPS, two triples, five doubles, six home runs and 20 RBI.

Kemp will be facing Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester this weekend. He has never faced Lester and is hitless in three at-bats against Hendricks, but he is batting .280 (7 for 25) with one home run, two doubles, three RBI and four walks in his career against Hammel.

Kemp is off to a strong start in his first season with San Diego. He is batting .341 (14 for 41) with two triples, three doubles. six runs and seven RBI in 10 games.


Padres right fielder Matt Kemp continues early season roll


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp continued his roll at the plate Saturday, going 4 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI in San Diego's 10-2 win over the Giants.

Kemp got going early with a double in the first and eventually scored on a Justin Upton single. He doubled again in the seventh, but was unable to bring Yangervis Solarte home.  Kemp has a blistering .346/.393/.462 slash line in 26 at-bats to begin the season.


Padres LF Matt Kemp shines against his former team


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Padres left fielder Matt Kemp had a solid day in the team's 6-3 loss to the Dodgers on Opening day. Kemp faced the Dodgers for the first time in the regular season since being acquired by the Padres this offseason.

''It was great, just to come back here and get the love that I got,'' Kemp said.

Kemp, 30, went two for four with a single and a double, driving in three runs. 


Padres outfielder Matt Kemp rips fourth home run of spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp continued his march through spring training pitching Monday, ripping his fourth home run in Monday's game against the Reds. Kemp went 1 for 3 with one home run and two RBI, boosting his average to .375 in 48 spring training plate appearances.

Padres CF Matt Kemp feeling healthy


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Padres centerfielder Matt Kemp is starting to get back to where he feels he needs to be healthwise, per MLB.com.

"I think I've always been happy, I'm just enjoying myself right now. Nothing different," Kemp said before an early workout this week.

"I think that's what it is, I have my health," Kemp mused. "It was just something I had to fight through. It was frustrating at times. Now I feel like I'm back to where I need to be.

"I feel great. I'm happy about feeling healthy and what's to come."

Kemp, 30, is lighting it up in the Cactus League batting .429 (9 for 21) with a double, two homeruns, three runs scored and seven RBI.