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Yet another thing about Matt Kemp: He hits righties

Reds at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

  • Dee Gordon, SS

  • Aaron Miles, 2B

  • Andre Ethier, RF

  • Matt Kemp, CF

  • James Loney, 1B

  • Juan Uribe, 3B

  • Dioner Navarro, C

  • Tony Gwynn Jr., LF

  • Hiroki Kuroda, P

Andre Ethier and James Loney are among the left-handed batters who have become notorious for their struggles against same-side pitching. Matt Kemp, though, has rarely been terrible against righties, and right now they've stopped being any kind of problem, to say the least.

OPS vs. lefties/OPS vs. righties

2006: .578/.808

2007: 1.002/.835

2008: .989/.725

2009: 1.045/.782

2010: .809/.743

2011: 1.111/1.032 (213 plate appearances against RHP this year)

Career: .943/.792

According to the Society for American Baseball Research (via the Dodger press notes), June 12 is the earliest date a Dodger has ever reached the 20-homer mark.

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In case you missed it earlier, Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine reported that a deferred payment owed to Manny Ramirez of more than $8 million comes due at the end of the month. We'll see what happens with the McCourt saga between now and then.