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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%: 99/92 | Average Draft Position: 53.59
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Padres' Matt Kemp stays hot with homer, double on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Right fielder Matt Kemp belted the third of three home runs the Padres would hit on Friday, as they beat the Marlins 3-1. Kemp's solo blast, his 11th of the year, came in the fifth inning to close out the scoring for the Padres.

Kemp, who also doubled in the game, is batting .389 with five doubles, four home runs and eight RBI over his past 10 games. The hot stretch has boosted his season average up from .244 to .256 after Friday's game.


Padres RF Matt Kemp gets two hits, home run in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's win over the Giants.

With the multi-hit game, Kemp extended his hitting streak to eight games. He's hitting .451 with 14 hits, four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI over that stretch.


Padres' Matt Kemp hits two-run double in win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/19/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the sixth inning of Saturday's 5-4 win over the Rockies. It was Kemp's only hit of the game, but the veteran outfielder seems to be finding his groove at the plate, as he typically does after the All-Star break.

Kemp, who homered in Friday's game, owns a lifetime .293 batting average in the second half of the season (compared to a .286 mark in the first half) according to BaseballReference.com.

Kemp is batting .429 over his current seven-game hit streak. 


Padres RF Matt Kemp belts home run No. 9 on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Right fielder Matt Kemp got the scoring started for the Padres on Friday. Kemp blasted a solo home run, his ninth of the year, with two outs on the top of the first inning of Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, giving the Padres an early 1-0 lead.

Kemp, who also doubled in the game, has shown some life at the plate recently. He has homered three times in his last five games, and is batting .364 over his last nine ballgames.


Padres LF Matt Kemp continues to mash Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Serving as a designated hitter, Padres slugger Matt Kemp remained on a roll Saturday night with his second homer in three games and eighth of the season to help his team win at Texas.

Kemp went yard with a man on in the third and added a single in the ninth to give him seven hits in the last four games and sweeten his slash line on the season to .247/.287/.381. The slugging percentage has not been higher since May 10.


Padres RF Matt Kemp does his part in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp had a nice night at the plate on Friday. Kemp went 2 for 5 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base, but the Padres fell to the Rangers 4-3. 

Kemp hit his 18th double of the season and then stole third, his eighth steal of the campaign. The 30-year-old veteran is batting .219 with a home run and four RBI in nine games (eight starts) this month. 


Padres RF Matt Kemp slams sixth homer since June 6


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Right fielder Matt Kemp had just one homer through June 5. That's not what the Padres signed up for when they signed him.

He now has six over the last month. That's more like it.

Kemp slammed one to center in the first inning Wednesday night in Pittsburgh in a 1-for-4 night. He is still saddled with an uncharacteristically poor slash line of .242/.281/.367.


Padres RF Matt Kemp collects two RBI in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Padres outfielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 at the plate during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Kemp drove in all of the Pirates' runs when he doubled off Frank Garces in the third inning.

Prior to his two-hit game Tuesday, Kemp was hitting .184 with two home runs and seven RBI in his last 14 games.


Padres RF Matt Kemp out of lineup amid struggles


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Padres right fielder Matt Kemp will not be in the lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Kemp has struggled at the plate over his last four games, hitting .071 with just one hit and three strikeouts.


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.