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While Matt Kemp's April explosion sparked Triple Crown conversations, he and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers are dealing more in reality than dreams. They have enjoyed a best-in-the-National League beginning to 2012, but have not lost sight of the six-month challenge of a baseball season.
Reality check: With a 17-7 start, the Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West remained 135 games.
And, oh by the way, the Colorado Rockies rocked baseball in April a year ago, opening the season by winning 17 of their first 25 games. They went 56-83 the rest of the way, and by the All-Star break were fading into oblivion.
"It is too early to think anything other than we got off to a good start," said manager Don Mattingly.
Nobody is more aware of that than Rockies manager Jim Tracy. Colorado's skipper rallied the Rockies to the NL wild-card back in a 2009 season that began so poorly he was promoted from bench coach to manager in late May after manager Clint Hurdle...
BEST OF MAXIM
Ah, Opening Day, that most glorious of baseball days and most inconsequential of baseball sets. I'm not a big set collector, and I enjoy pulling hits of all kinds, so I have less than zero interest in ever buying the product for myself. However, for less than the price of a blaster (and purchased with Card Draft funds, no less), I couldn't possibly let the below beauty go...
Andre Ethier: $15 million man?
On this glorious day when the sale of the Dodgers is official, there is scuttlebutt the ownership is looking to hash out a contract extension with Andre Ethier.
Bill Shaikin, L.A. Times:
"Colletti met w Ethier's agent Fri at Dodger Stadium. No deal imminent, but that could be first order of business for new #Dodgers owners."...
Hot News for OF Matt Kemp
Matt Kemp finished a memorable and historic April with his 12th home run for the Dodgers. But he also struck out with the bases loaded Monday night, helping to thwart a potential rally that enabled the Colorado Rockies to beat Los Angeles 6-2.
Kemp homered in the first, driving Juan Nicasio's first pitch into the seats in right field for his 25th RBI. But he came up in the seventh...
Matt Kemp strolled over to the stereo system, plugged in his iPod and shuffled through an array of songs.
Settling on a selection from rapper Lil Wayne, the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger gave the volume a big boost as he began singing and bounding along.
All right, so maybe he's not the world's best singer. And maybe he won't be appearing on the stage of ''American...
*Matt Kemp of the Dodgers has scored 27 runs this season and knocked in 25, making him accountable for 52 runs of production in just 25 games. The lowly Pittsburgh Pirates have scored only 68 runs as entire team in 24 games. Kemp is that awesome and the Buccos offense is that bad.*Kemp also has 12 homeruns, while the Chicago Cubs as a team have a mere 11. Kemp powerful, Cubbies...
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has been unanimously voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for April, while Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers was selected as the AL recipient.
Through 23 April contests, Kemp led the Majors with a .417 (35-for-84) batting average and 12 home runs while ranking tops in the National League in RBI (25), hits...
Matt Kemp receives most of the credit for the Los Angeles Dodgers' solid start, though the pitching staff has been pretty good as well.
Chad Billingsley will take the mound when the Dodgers continue their road trip Friday against the Chicago Cubs, who return home after their trip ended on a sour note.
Kemp is off to an incredible start for the Dodgers (17-8), leading the majors...
For months I have been talking about Andre Ethier, you know that guy who has all but punched his ticket to his third straight All-Star Game. The votes are in, most agreed on the recently closed poll that extending Clayton Kershaw should be the first order of business for Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten. While that certainly makes a ton of sense and is almost impossible to...
TORONTO Statistically speaking, Josh Hamilton is Matt Kemp.
Entering Monday, here were Hamilton's Triple Crown numbers and rank in the American League: .395 average (second), nine home runs (first) and 25 RBI (first).
And Kemp in the National League: .425 (first), 11 home runs (first) and 24 RBI (tied for first).
Hamilton's Rangers were 16-6, best record in the league...
As we enter week 5 in fantasy baseball, we turn the calendar on April and go in to month two of the long baseball season. We’ve watched some amazing things happen so far like Matt Kemp hitting 12 HR, collecting 25 RBI, and batting .417, while the $250 million man, Albert Pujols, has driven in 4 runs, has no HR and is batting 200 points less than Kemp at .217. Some of the pitchers...
Juan Nicasio pitched six solid innings, Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run double and the Colorado Rockies overcame Matt Kemp's latest homer, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 Monday night in the first of 18 meetings this season between the NL West rivals.
Continuing his remarkable comeback from a broken neck suffered last August when he was hit in the head by a line drive against...