Found April 24, 2012 on
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Ivan De Jesus
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Yankees
The first inning Monday night against Atlanta pretty much encapsulated the Dodgers' season to date.
Dee Gordon singled to lead off the game, stole second base, and advanced to third on a flyball from Mark Ellis.
Matt Kemp, he of the .460 batting average and nine home runs, was pitched to carefully and walked. Andre Ethier followed with a single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
The RBI for Ethier was his 22nd of the season, tying him with Kemp for the major league lead. Their 44 combined RBI are just three shy of the major league record for teammates through the first 17 games of the season, held by Alex Rodriguez (31 RBI) and Jason Giambi (16) of the 2007 Yankees.
"They have been pretty amazing, really," manager Don Mattingly said. "Matt has been off the charts in every category. Dre has been picking up every run that Matt doesn't drive in. They have been pretty dynamic together. It's hard to imagine two guys having a better start as far as driving in r...
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First the good news: Matt Kemp continued his amazing April with his 10th home run in the first month of the season, typing Gary Sheffield’s club record from April 2000.
Sure, Kemp has made a few questionable decisions this season (he had a couple of base running and fielding issues last night), but the guy has been lights out at the plate and generally in the field, driving in...
Matt Kemp probably won't win his fourth consecutive National League Player of the Week award, but it certainly wasn't for lack of performance. Kemp has left no doubt in the early going that he is the best player in the National League.
Kemp homered on Saturday in Houston, his third consecutive game with a home run and his seventh home run in eight games.
General Manager Ned Colletti said he wants to explore the possibility of signing Andre Ethier to a contract extension soon after the Dodgers new owners take over the club next week.
"I've always been inclined to keep him," Colletti said. "His start certainly hasn't hurt."
Ethier, who will be eligible for free agency when his one-year, 10.95-million...
Dee Gordon is turning in highlight reel plays on defense on the regular, which just makes me wish he could do the simple things like catch and throw. Matt Kemp hit this mammoth shot to give the Dodgers a win to put the Dodgers ahead, but Javy Guerra surrendered three runs in the ninth and
While Javy Guerra was at fault for the single and giving up the bomb to the track, Matt Kemp sans alligator arms certainly would have helped him. Could have been worse though. Could have been Will Venable
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The seven shutout innings Rodriguez tossed on Sunday were gratuitous.
Rodriguez insisted that nothing has changed beyond his assuming the title of staff ace. His simplified approach...
While Matt Kemp (.450 AVG), David Wright (.439 AVG), and David Ortiz (.436) are seemingly hitting everything that is thrown to them, Orioles DH Nick Johnson is having a rough go at it.Johnson has had 23 at bats and he has been unable to muster one single hit. So of course he’s batting a meager .000.Just thought you would like to know that.Via ESPN’s Gamelog
It's a little over two weeks into the new season and some things are already very clear - the Red Sox are absolutely awful, Josh Hamilton's relapse has had no lasting effects, Matt Kemp is the best player in the world and Jamie Moyer doesn't ever want to grow up and get a real job. How, exactly, did Matt Kemp become the best player in the world? The answer...
Both the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers had been among the hottest clubs in the majors before ending their respective weekends in losing fashion.
Given the locale of their upcoming series against each other, the Dodgers may have the best chance to quickly resume their winning ways.
Los Angeles seeks to bounce back from its most-lopsided shutout loss in eight years and improve...