Found May 06, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
CHICAGO Matt Kemp was scratched from the Dodgers' starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday due to tightness in his left hamstring. The move was seen as precautionary for Kemp and he was available to pinch-hit, the Dodgers said. Tony Gwynn Jr. replaced him in center field. Kemp is batting .392 and his 12 home runs are the most in major-league baseball. He was named the National League's player of the month in April. Kemp also has appeared in 392 consecutive games, the most among active players. Just as the announcement about Kemp was being made, rain began falling on Wrigley Field and the 1:20 p.m. CDT start time of the Dodgers-Cubs game was delayed indefinitely. -By Jim Peltz

Los Angeles Dodgers week: First place is back page news

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Dodgers' Kemp a right-thinking kind of slugger

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Jansen replacing Guerra as Dodgers closer

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Javy Guerra continues to give up runs

Closer Javy Guerra was well rested on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but that didn't help him stop his recent slide. Guerra had four days' rest before his outing on Sunday, when he entered with a 3-2 lead. Guerra allowed a walk and two hits, including a game-tying double by Tony Campana in the bottom of the ninth. The game might have ended with a Cubs win but...

Dodgers activate De Jesus from DL, option to Triple-A

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GIFcap: Chad Billingsley & Clayton Kershaw Laugh At Ted Lilly’s Ejection

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Capuano pitches, hits Dodgers past Cubs

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Projecting the Series: Giants vs. Dodgers

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Pitching, Defense Falter in 9-1 Loss to Dodgers

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