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BeastMode is alive and well according to Matt Kemp

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(Photo by-Alex Gallardo/AP)

 

The past two seasons have been very unstable for Los Angeles Dodgers superstar outfielder Matt Kemp. Kemp battled several injuries including shoulder, hamstring, and an ankle that resulted in surgeries.

After battling through rehab assignments, simulation activities, there was a point for many fans if we’ll see the Matt Kemp of 2011 again. After overcoming an off season of many trade rumors seeing Kemp out of Los Angeles, the Dodgers made it clear that they have confidence that Kemp could still perform at a high level when healthy.

Kemp skipped the trip to Australia, stayed stateside in Arizona at Camelback Ranch to continue to rehab and work on his game. The ever ready star made it clear he was an everyday outfielder, despite the plans that manager Don Mattingly may have had dealing with a four man outfield.

Kemp reminded everyone that BeastMode is alive and well on Sunday in the 6-2 victory over the rival San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.

That’s when I know I’m seeing the ball good, when I drive the ball to right field like that,” Kemp told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “That’s my swing right there.”

In the second inning Kemp connected on home run over the wall in left field. Later in the fourth inning, Kemp crushed a fastball off of Matt Cain, for a tow run homer over the right field wall.

Kemp was back, and he let everyone know it in a big way.

He struck the ball with confidence in batting practice during spring and before games in the regular season.

We’ve got a long road ahead of us,” Kemp said. “But I hope the beast is back.

Kemp showed no effects from his off season surgery, and before Sunday’s game, hadn’t homered at Dodger Stadium since September 2012.

Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder last season from running into a wall at Coors Field in Colorado, chasing down a ball. He returned for the 2013 season, only playing in 73 games due to hamstring and ankle issues.

Now Kemp is focused on the 2014 season, and plans to go healthy all season, helping the Dodgers win a World Series Titles, and as many games along the way.

I just feel great,” Kemp said. “Let’s just talk about this win and go on to the next thing.”

If Kemp can bring this offensive stability every game, along with Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig swinging the bat every night, the Dodgers could have one of the most powerful line ups in baseball.

Zack Greinke picked up the victory over the Giants also shared his thoughts on the importance of Kemp in the line up. “I’ve never seen Matt being the player he is,” Greinke said. “And Hanley is on a different level. If he’s like he was today, you don’t want to face this lineup if that’s the case.” 

Once Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson return healthy that will also bring some strong depth into the bullpen for the Dodgers.

Kemp is truly an everyday outfielder, it would be incredibly incumbent of Mattingly to see to it that Kemp gets as much playing time as possible. It’s great seeing Kemp back in the line up, his presence was truly missed the past two seasons.

Hanley Ramirez helps Dodgers capture NL West title

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have finally clinched the National League West title in true Southern California fashion, by celebrating in the Chase Field pool after a champagne shower.

From worst to first in the last three months has been a remarkable story for the Dodgers this season.

Thanks to the powerful play of Hanley Ramirez and the relentless pursuit of accomplishing the NL West by the Dodgers, they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6.

Ramirez had been battling a sore back opened up the third inning with a huge three run home run deep to left for the 3-0 lead.

Arizona exploded in the third inning, when MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt connected on a ground ruled double that scored Adam Eaton.

Later on in the third, Wade Miley connected on an RBI double, and Didi Gregorius and Gerrado Parra scored and increased the 6-3 Diamondback lead.

The Dodgers regrouped when Michael Young connected on a sacrifice fly that scored Scott Van Slyke and trailed 6-5 in the sixth inning. Ramirez tied the game with a solo home run in the inning.

AJ Ellis contributed in a big way on a home run for the 7-6 lead off of pitcher Josh Collmenter in the eight inning.

J.P. Howell picked up two outs for the victory, and Kenley Jansen pitched an outstanding ninth inning for his 26th save.

“I want to keep going,” Ramirez said. “I think that we’ve got a couple of more steps to do. We’ve got to keep working and stay together all the way through to the end.”

The Dodgers before June 22nd were in last place in the division by 9 1/2 games by the then first place Diamondbacks. The Dodgers went an outstanding 42-8 run, and elevated their way to the top of the NL West by 10 1/2 games. The Dodgers only motivation now, is to catch the NL East leading Atlanta Braves for the National League’s best record.

We’re a veteran ball club” Adrian Gonzalez said. “We understand it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

I really try to keep it kind of even. But this is a great accomplishment for these guys. We put a great team together and a big payroll with huge expectations. A lot of time that falls apart and it had a chance to fall apart during the season, I thought,” said Don Mattingly. “But the coaching staff stuck together. These guys were loyal to me. There was no backbiting or somebody trying to leap over me. They stuck together…..the players came together, we got healthy, and then we just rolled.”

Yasiel Puig and Dodgers make a statement in New York

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After the 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees in game one of the double header, the Los Angeles Dodgers made sure that game two would not have the same result.

Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez amazed the crowd as the Dodgers cruised to a 6-0 victory against the Yankees on Wednesday night.

This was the first time the Dodgers returned to New York since 1981, when the two teams met in the World Series. A series where the Dodgers captured the World Series title.

Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (2-4) pitched an outstanding game for six innings. Capuano returned from the disabled list, gave up three hits and captured four strike outs in the shutout.

Adrian Gonzalez got the team started in the right direction when he knocked an RBI single out to right, for the 1-0 lead that scored Skip Schumaker.

Hanley Ramirez began his six hit day with a single in the first inning that scored Yasiel Puig for the 2-0 lead.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes (3-6) gave up five hits and a disappointing season high 10 hits against the Dodgers in the six inning of work.

The Dodgers maintained a 3-0 lead behind an Andre Ethier doubled in the third inning that scored Gonzalez.

The Yankees attempted a rally in the fourth as Robinson Cano was thrown out on sharp play by Ethier.

In the seventh, Puig finished his day with a solo home run deep to right field for the dominating 6-0 lead. Puig knocked out his fifth home run of the season. Also stole a base, bunted a hit, and was even hit by a pitch on the day.

Puig is definitely making a strong case for his demand of being an All-Star this season, and it’s hard to argue against his demand.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly received a huge crowd chant from the Yankee faithful, spoke highly of his hitting trio of Gonzalez, Puig, and Ramirez.

Hanley, for me, I’ve said it since he came over. I think he’s one of the best hitters in the game. The way Yasiel’s swinging the bat, and if Adrian continues to swing the bat the way he’s capable of, that’s a pretty potent trio of guys.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi discussed the disappointing outing by his starter Phil Hughes. “You can mix some good pitches and try to do some of that, too, but it comes down to not making mistakes and he made some mistakes tonight.”

Hanley’s return gets Dodgers and Ryu victorious over Rockies

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Hyun Jin Ryu was fantastic on Tuesday night with 12 strikeouts, with Hanley Ramirez‘s hhome run that carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

After a solid start by Ryu, Carlos Gonzales interrupted his flow, and connected on a home run for the early 1-0 Rockies lead.

Ryu remained focused and would not be shaken further as he sent 14 batters back to the dugout. He was simply untouchable, and his 12 strike outs were the most for a Dodger rookie pitcher since Hideo Nomo back in August of 1995.

The Dodger bats were aggressive and hot as Matt Kemp singled to center that allowed Jerry Hairston Jr. to tie the game in the first inning. Adrian Gonzales hit a sac fly that scored Nick Punto that gave the Dodgers the 2-1 lead.

Harriston continued his hitting ways, hitting an RBI single to left that scored Juan Uribe, who used his burst of speed from second base for the 3-1 lead. Punto also hit an RBI single that increased the Dodger lead 4-1.

After going 0-1 in his first at bat, Ramirez made up for his short coming, hitting a solo home run to center and increased the Dodger lead 5-1 on his bobble head night at Dodger Stadium.

Ryu made a costly mental mistake that could’ve began a Rockies comeback in the sixth inning, when Michael Cuddyer doubled to right and scored Dexter Fowler. The Rockies still trailed 6-2.

Dodger reliever Kenley Jansen pitched two phenomenal innings and only allowed one hit to end the game.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rose (2-3) was horrible only lasted four innings. He gave up eleven hits, six runs with one strike out.

Ryu (3-1) picked up the well earned victory in six solid innings of work.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss spoke the effectiveness of Ryu against his team. “He was really good. He had his A-game, and it was going to be tough to put together a big inning or put together something big against him. He was in control.”

*Carl Crawford was absent from Tuesday’s line up due to tightness in his hamstring.

Hanley Ramirez Sees himself back into Dodger lineup

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez fresh off of his rehab assignment is back with the team three weeks ahead of schedule, and for the depleted team not a moment too soon.

 
Ramirez who injured his thumb during a game in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) which required surgery on March 22nd and a scheduled two month recovery.
 
“I just want to be in there. I don’t want to wait any longer. I’m a gamer. I just want to be in there and I think I can play,” said Hanley.
 
Ramirez made his debut on Monday night pinch hitting in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies, but struck out to end the inning.
In his rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes he went 3-for-6 and playing 12 innings at shortstop in two games.
 
The Dodgers can use his timely hitting and 25 home runs a season right now as the Dodger hitting has been inconsistent and stagnant of late.
Ramirez will play with a flexible splint on his thumb that will able him to throw and hit while on the field.
 
“It’s not 100 percent, but I can defend myself on the field,” Ramirez said.
 
Tuesday night is Hanley Ramirez bobble head night at Dodger Stadium.
 

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez out for 2 months

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The Los Angeles Dodgers received bad news that Hanley Ramirez will require thumb surgery, and will be sidelined approximately two months. Ramirez suffered the injury during the World Baseball Classic (WBC) championship representing the Dominican Republic in the third inning while chasing down as ground ball. 

 
An MRI taken on Thursday revealed that he had a torn ligament in his thumb, and the surgery will be performed on Friday in Los Angeles by Dr. Steve Shin.
 
Ramirez doesn’t regret playing for his home country in the WBC.  However this will definitely cause concern for future players who contribute their talents for other MLB clubs with their GM’s. 
 
“It could’ve happened anywhere. It could’ve happened here. It unfortunately happened in the WBC. It’s very disappointing,” said Ramirez.
 
Scheduled to take his place during the next two months at shortstop will more than likely be Luis Cruz or Dee Gordon. This is going to be a significant blow to the Dodgers depth at that position. Especially with the uncertainty of Carl Crawford and Zack Greinke, the baseball gods have not shown the Dodgers mercy when it’s come to health thus far.
 
Luis Cruz has played third base the entire spring and is prepared to take over the position in Ramirez’s absence. 
 
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expressed that Ramirez spot at shortstop was a key to the Dodgers strong presence on the field. Mattingly also expressed that the WBC was indeed good for the game, yet his main focus is making sure his remaining players remain healthy, and assemble a team ready to compete Opening Day.
 
“At this point, everything is hypothetical. I don’t know if I’m comfortable with anything going on at shortstop right now,” said Mattingly.
 
One thing is for certain, the Dodgers will be fighting an up hill battle to begin the season, and will be a true test of strength for this new look Dodger team who has high expectations, not just by upper management, but also by Dodger fans and Major League Baseball. 

Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez gets thumb MRI

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The Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez get an MRI on his thumb, due to injury suffered in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) championship game on Tuesday.

He suffered the thumb injury listed as a severe jammed thumb in the third inning, and wasn’t pulled until sixth inning, as he was replaced by Miguel Tejada on the Dominican Republic team. Ramirez is schedule to undergo an MRI on Wednesday in Arizona.
 
While playing third base for the Dominican Republic, Ramirez injured his thumb diving for ground ball in the third inning. The Dodgers can only hope the Ramirez injury will not cause him to miss any significant time during the season.