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27 Matt Kemp LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 9/23/1984 | Birthplace: Midwest City, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $20,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/93 | Average Draft Position: 94.42
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Matt Kemp's eight-inning blast lifts Dodgers past Cardinals in Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp launched the go-ahead home run to lift his team past the Cardinals in game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.

Kemp, who homered nine times in September, launched his first home run of October and his third career postseason blast. He took Pat Neshek deep for a leadoff home run in the eighth inning. He added a single in the sixth and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-2 victory. He has five hits in nine at-bats, with a pair of RBI in his first two games of the series.


Four-hit game extends torrid month for Matt Kemp


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Matt Kemp registered his sixth multi-hit game in September with a 4 for 5 effort in the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Cubs on Sunday. Kemp slugged a two-run homer off Cubs starter Jacob Turner in the third inning, highlighting an afternoon that produced four RBI and a run.

The home run was Kemp's seventh in September and his 23rd of the season. He is now batting .329 (24 for 73) for the month.


Matt Kemp back in Dodgers' lineup


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Matt Kemp was in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Sunday's game at the Giants, one day after making an early exit due to a toe injury. Kemp fouled a pitch off his left foot during Saturday's contest.

Matt Kemp exits game after fouling ball off foot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp left Saturday's game against the Giants after fouling a ball off his left foot, per MLB.com. Joc Pederson took over for him at right field in the fifth inning. Kemp told reporters his toe was fine after the game, however, his status for Sunday's series finale still remains uncertain.

Sizzling Matt Kemp cooling his heels in nation's capital


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Torrid Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp will not receive an opportunity to extend his 10-game hitting streak Wednesday in Washington unless he pinch-hits. He is out of the lineup.

Kemp has been tearing it up to the tune of 14 hits in his last 40 at-bats and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. He has sweetened his stat line to .279/.345/.468.


Matt Kemp swats 17th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-4 loss to the Nationals Monday.

Kemp delivered his blast in the first inning to extend his hit streak to nine games and added a second hit later in the game to give himself three straight multi-hit efforts. He owns a .281/.346/.475 line with 17 home runs, 66 RBI and eight stolen bases in 455 at-bats.


Matt Kemp slugs 16th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Kemp kicked off the scoring with a two-run shot in the first inning, and though the Diamondbacks evened the score in the second inning, the Dodgers picked up a win with relative ease. Kemp owns a .276/.341/.465 line with 16 home runs, 61 RBI and eight stolen bases in 434 at-bats.


Matt Kemp belts 15th home run Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp belted his 15th home run Saturday.

Kemp waited until the ninth inning to strike. With his team down by two runs, Kemp took a 91 mph fastball from Francisco Rodriguez out to left for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Adjustment at the plate helping Matt Kemp


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Dodgers batting coach John Valentin believes that an adjustment in the batter's box has played a role in the resurgence of Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp. Kemp has five home runs in his last 24 plate appearances after managing five in his previous 350.

Kemp has been vague when pressed on specifics, per the Orange County Register. But Valentin has not.

"He actually has straightened his stance," Valentin revealed. "It used to be locked. What what created was a difficulty to have the freedom to stay through the baseball. That offers a clear path to hit balls in and away."

Kemp has 27 hits in his last 75 at-bats for a .360 mark since July 20.


Matt Kemp slugs 14th home run Wednesday vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Dodgers designated hitter Matt Kemp went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 2-1 victory over the Angels Wednesday.

Kemp put his team on top with a second-inning home run and watched the offense pick up another run later in the inning. Though he didn't contribute anything else offensively, the two runs would prove to be enough for a win. Kemp has six homers in his last nine games and his now hitting .282/.347/.472 with 14 home runs, 50 RBI and seven stolen bases in 369 at-bats.


Matt Kemp passes through waivers; Hanley Ramirez does not


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Dodgers placed many of their big names on waivers in recent days, and only one was claimed, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Heyman reports Tuesday only Hanley Ramirez was claimed and pulled back from waivers, meaning Matt Kemp is now eligible to be traded prior to the waiver deadline, which is at the end of the month. However, there is no indication the team is expected to trade him at this point. 


Change in batting stance leads to turnaround for Matt Kemp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) In case you haven't noticed, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been on a pretty good offensive run the last few weeks. He is batting .408 with a .776 slugging percentage, 1.258 OPS, five home runs and 14 RBI in his last 13 games.

A change in Kemp's batting stance has led to the offensive surge, per The Orange County Register.

"He actually has straightened his stance," assistant hitting coach John Valentin said. "It used to be locked. What that created was a difficulty to have the freedom to stay through the baseball. This offers a clear path to hit balls in and away."

For most of Kemp's career, including the start to this season, he has been hunched over a bit at the plate. Now, he is standing more upright. Valentin said Kemp's struggles at the plate finally led to the change in batting stance.

"We brought it up to him a long time ago. But him being such an accomplished player, he had to want to do it," Valentin said. "When he came back, he wasn’t the same player, because of his injuries. He’s battled that way, and he kept playing." But the stance, for me, was not allowing him to be better."


Matt Kemp homers, steals base Sunday vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 7-3 loss to the Cubs Sunday.

Kemp has homered in back-to-back games, and he also has five home runs in his last six outings. Sunday's steal, however, was his first since May 12. He has hit .285/.350/.472 with 13 home runs, 49 RBI and six stolen bases in 358 at-bats.


Matt Kemp homers, knocks walkoff single Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) One day after smacking two home runs, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 3 for 4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Braves Wednesday.

Kemp smacked a solo home run in the second inning and scored a run in the eighth before coming up big in the 10th, collecting his third hit of the game and sending his team home with a win. He has delivered three straight multihit performances and is 17 for 35 with six walks in his last nine games. His hot stretch has bolstered his line, and he's hitting .288/.353/.465 with 11 home runs, 46 RBI and five stolen bases in 343 at-bats.


Matt Kemp ends home run drought with two on Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Dodgers right fielder Matt Kemp jacked up his trade value a bit with a renaissance performance Tuesday night against the Braves.

Kemp smashed his first two home runs since June 25 - two-run jobs in the second and seventh innings. He added a single to improve his stat line to .282/.347./.453. He has 14 hits in his last 31 at-bats with nine RBI in eight games.


Source: Boston considering Jon Lester-for-Matt Kemp trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Red Sox are considering making a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, a team source told ESPN. If the Red Sox pursue a trade for Kemp, then a key piece in the deal going to Los Angeles would likely be starting pitcher Jon Lester.

"If he's healthy," one top talent evaluator said of Kemp, "he would absolutely destroy that ballpark [Fenway Park]."


Report: Mariners interest in Matt Kemp is 'very real'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Mariners interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is "very real," even with trading for the 29-year-old outfielder being a backup plan for Seattle, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. If the Mariners trade for Kemp, the idea would be to eventually move him to DH.

Matt Kemp racks up three hits in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp stayed hot Friday, in an 8-1 win over the Giants.

Kemp put together his third multi-hit effort in his last five games, as he went 3 for 5 Friday. He had two RBI in the game, both on his fifth-inning triple.

Kemp has struggled overall in the month of July, as he has just two extra-base hits in 64 at-bats. He is hitting .266/.356/.313 in the month, and .273/.337/.430 in 330 at-bats for the season.  


Heyman: Dodgers starting to shop Matt Kemp


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Dodgers have begin reaching out to other teams about a possible trade involving outfielder Matt Kemp, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Friday.

Kemp's agent has expressed a willingness to accept a trade over the last few weeks, and Heyman reports the Dodgers have received interest from five teams. Kemp has appeared in 92 of 103 games so far this season, but the Dodgers have had to juggle five players for three outfield spots. The report indicates it hasn't left everyone involved happy.

Kemp is hitting .268/.333/.422 in 360 at-bats on the season, but has struggled defensively after an offseason that saw him undergo shoulder and ankle injuries. 


Dodgers considering change to outfield alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Matt Kemp has looked comfortable playing in right field that he's thinking about moving Yasiel Puig to center field. Puig was sidelined a third straight game Tuesday due to a hand injury.

Report: Dodgers trying to trade Matt Kemp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Dodgers are trying hard to trade outfielder Matt Kemp, according to baseball writer Danny Knobler. Kemp has five seasons left on an eight-year, $160 million contract.

Matt Kemp wants to be an everyday centerfielder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) The agent for outfielder Matt Kemp said Wednesday that his client wants to be an everyday centerfielder, FOXSports.com reports.

"Whatever they want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day," Kemp's agent Dave Stewart said. "He’d like to eventually go back to center field. He’s not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center."

Kemp "isn't necessarily opposed" to a trade if it'll help him regain the chance to play every day in center field. He's owed $107 million over the next five seasons, though the Dodgers would likely be willing to include cash in a potential deal.


Dodgers not expected to make change to OF alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday he doesn't expect to change the outfield alignment as Carl Crawford (ankle) is set to return from the disabled list this week, per MLB.com. 

"I'm not really planning on making any big changes right now," Mattingly said.

Mattingly added he's happy with Matt Kemp in left field, and the platoon of Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke in center field.

"I like what's going on in center," Mattingly said. "We're playing pretty well. We'll talk about it. But as long as we're playing well and continue to win, we'll have conversations with everybody."


Matt Kemp snaps out of funk with four-hit game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp snapped out of an 0-for-16 slump with a four-hit game Sunday afternoon against the Rockies in Colorado. 

Kemp singled in a run in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively. He added another pair of singles and finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in an 8-2 victory. He is hitting .268 with eight homers and 33 RBI in 287 at-bats.


Matt Kemp getting night off against Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The loaded Dodgers outfield does not have room for Matt Kemp on Friday in Colorado. He is out of the lineup in favor of Scott Van Slyke.

Kemp hasn't earned a whole lot of playing time lately. He is hitless in his last 12 at-bats and has scored just one run since June 25.