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Matt Kemp | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 and slugged his fifth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Giants on Thursday.
Kemp hit out of the leadoff spot for the second straight day for the Padres, and appears to be rejuvenated by the move. His two-run homer came off of Jeremy Affeldt as part of a six-run eighth inning, but it still wasn't enough for the Padres to overcome the Giants. With the two-hit effort, Kemp is now hitting .243/.282/.356 with five homers and 38 RBI on the season. Jun 25 - 7:09 PM

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Matt Kemp is batting leadoff for the Padres on Wednesday.

It will be the first time he's hit leadoff since 2010. It is likely a ploy by Padres manager Pat Murphy to get Kemp going, as he's hit .228/.271/.392 this month and just .243/.281/.349 overall.
Jun 24 - 6:59 PM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 including a solo homer on Thursday, powering the Padres to a 3-1 victory over the Athletics.

Kemp got the Padres on the board in the fourth inning with a solo blast off A's starter Kendall Graveman. He has picked up the pace offensively in the past few weeks, but is still hitting just .250/.290/.358 with four homers and 35 RBI on the season.
Jun 18 - 6:20 PM

Matt Kemp delivered a go-ahead single in the top of the 11th inning on Monday, helping the Padres squeak out a win against the Braves.

Kemp finished 1-for-5 with a stolen base -- his sixth in as many opportunities -- on the night. Justin Upton had walked to lead off the inning, then stole second base with Kemp batting. Kemp then sent a double to left field, plating Upton easily. He later scored an insurance run on Alexi Amarista's double. Kemp is on a five-game hitting streak, which the Padres certainly hope is a sign he's ready to break out of a season-long slump. He's batting a meager .254/.289/.353 with two home runs and 32 RBI.
Jun 8 - 10:59 PM

Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBI as the Padres topped the Reds 9-7 on Saturday.

Kemp hit into a fielder's choice in his first at-bat, but he cranked a solo shot in the fourth inning, a two-run double in the fifth inning, drew a walk and scored in the seventh inning, and then drove in two more runs with a single in the eighth. It's been a mostly-frustrating first year in San Diego for Kemp -- he owns a rough .256/.291/.350 slash line -- but the 30-year-old does have 30 RBI in 57 games. Saturday's homer was only his second.
Jun 6 - 7:46 PM

Matt Kemp struck out three times in four at-bats Tuesday, but the Padres took down the Mets anyway.

Kemp's OPS is now below .600 following the arduous night. He has only two extra-base hits in 99 plate appearances dating back to May 7. His triple-slash line is a poor .242/.277/.322 with one home run and 26 RBI.
Jun 3 - 1:24 AM

Matt Kemp went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being ejected in Monday's loss to the Mets.

Kemp was ahead in the count 3-1 in the eighth inning, but was ejected mid at-bat by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna. Manager Bud Black was tossed as well. Alexi Amarista came off the bench to pinch-hit and lined out. Kemp has not done much at the plate this season, batting just .246/.282/.329 with one home run and 26 RBI.
Jun 2 - 12:48 AM

Matt Kemp hit a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and send the Padres to a victory against the Angels on Tuesday.

Kemp made reliever Joe Smith pay for a single and two walks by clearing the bases with a double to left field. He scored not long after and finished the night 1-for-5. It marks his first multi-RBI game since April 29 as he has hit the skids offensively. Kemp is hitting .255/.291/.348 with only one home run and 25 RBI.
May 27 - 1:35 AM

Matt Kemp is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

It's his first day off of the season. Abraham Almonte is in right field Sunday in Kemp's place.
May 10 - 1:32 PM

Matt Kemp hit a double and stole a base in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Sunday.

Kemp finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored. The steal was his fourth of the season and a good sign for his legs, as he's clearly feeling decent enough to run. He finished the series against his former team with five hits in 11 at-bats, plus two steals and three runs scored. Productive series for Kemp, who's hitting .350 with 14 RBI and 16 runs scored in April.
Apr 26 - 7:10 PM

Matt Kemp was ejected from Saturday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called strike.

Kemp had a very productive night before his ejection, finishing with two hits and a stolen base. Wil Myers will take over in right field with Alexi Amarista moving from shortstop to center field. David Ortiz got suspended for arguing with an umpire last week but we don't expect any further punishment for Kemp.
Apr 25 - 11:29 PM

Matt Kemp had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a pair of RBI singles in Monday's win against the Rockies.

Kemp started the onslaught of runs with a two-run double, sparking a five-run first inning. He added RBI singles in the second and fifth innings as well as the Padres went on to score 14 runs. Kemp is making quite an impression with his new team, batting .368/.393/.561 with 13 RBI in 61 plate appearances to begin the season.
Apr 21 - 12:00 AM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

The first-inning blast off Kyle Hendricks was his first home run of the season. Kemp was very productive during the second half last year and he has largely picked up from where he left off with an impressive .340/.358/.540 batting line over his first 12 games this season.
Apr 18 - 6:37 PM

Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a two doubles versus the Giants on Saturday.

Kemp is still looking for his first homer for the Padres, but he's off to a nice start otherwise, with a .346/.393/.462 line and four RBI in six games. Thus far, Justin Upton and Will Middlebrooks are tied for the Padres team lead with one homer.
Apr 12 - 2:44 AM

Matt Kemp, facing his former team on Opening Day, went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI as the Padres lost to the Dodgers.

Kemp put the Padres up early with a first-inning RBI single. He then plated two with a two-out double in the fifth, responsible for all of his team's offense on the afternoon. Playing half his games in Petco Park should deflate his numbers slightly, but he is still capable of reproducing last year's .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI.
Apr 6 - 7:58 PM

Depth Charts

C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Frank Garces