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Yasiel Puig benched after arriving late to ballpark

Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig was a late scratch from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup on Friday after he arrived late to the ballpark, according to various beat writers. He was replaced by Matt Kemp after reportedly showing up at about 10:15 a.m. while batting practice was already underway.

As of now, it is being reported that Puig was benched for his late arrival. Had the coaching staff known he was going to be tardy, you would think he would have been kept in the lineup. Apparently Puig thought he was supposed to be there at 10:00.

If this was any other player on the Dodgers, it probably wouldn’t be that big of a deal. However, Puig also showed up late for a game last year. The team joked about his tardiness on social media after that incident, but it would appear that Don Mattingly was not amused on Friday.

Unless Puig has a very valid excuse for why he was late, he’s going to give the media in LA even more reason to be all over him. He supposedly called a meeting with his coaches and teammates last week to ask how he can improve off the field. I doubt anyone advised him to take his time getting to the ballpark.

Khloe Kardashian reportedly breaks up with Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp Khloe Kardashian

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is obviously friends with Khloe Kardashian. There has been some debate about whether the two are dating. Various gossip publications seemed to agree that they were, but US Weekly recently reported that Kemp and Kardashian have already split.

“Khloe told Matt it would look bad for her divorce to be dating so soon,” a source reportedly told US Weekly, via the Daily Mail. “So they have to put on the brakes until it’s finalized.”

Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom last month. While TMZ claims the two have a prenuptial agreement that should make the split simple, these things can still take months to finalize. A source added that Khloe’s lawyer advised her to end her relationship with Kemp and she obliged because “she wants it to remain clear that Lamar was the cheater.”

“Khloe is figuring things out with Matt,” a friend of Kardashian’s reportedly said. “She thinks he’s great.”

Depending on who you believe, Kemp could have been anyone from a professional baseball player turned rebound guy to just a friend of the Kardashians who attended their Christmas party. I’m sure the story will change in a week or so.

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Matt Kemp joining Khloe Kardashian at Kardashian Christmas party

Matt Kemp Khloe Kardashian

Matt Kemp and Khloe Kardashian can deny deny deny that they’re in a relationship all they want, but who’s really buying it?

Radar Online says the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will spend Christmas Eve at the Kardashian Kompound in the Hidden Hills/Calabasas area of LA at the family’s big Christmas party. Around 200 guests are expected to attend, so Kemp will be one of the many, but there’s little doubt that he’s a VIP guest.

So far, sources have denied that Kardashian and Kemp are dating and instead say the two are just friends. But what would you expect them to say? It would be a bad look for Khloe divorce proceedings — and in general — for her to have already moved on to another guy when she just filed for divorce.

They can say they’re “just friends,” but does Kemp look to you like a guy who would allow himself to get stuck in the “friends zone”? Not a chance.

Khloe Kardashian reportedly ‘heartbroken’ over Lamar Odom, not dating Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian recently filed for divorce from Lamar Odom, and there are already reports that she is rebounding quickly. Over the weekend, a gossip outlet claimed that Khloe is secretly dating Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. The speculation grew even greater when Kemp posted a photo of the Kardashians’ family Christmas tree on his Instagram account.

Kemp and Kardashian have reportedly been hanging out and attending concerts together for at least the past month, but People Magazine insists they are nothing more than friends.

“They are just friends and have been for a long time,” a source reportedly told People. “Khloé is absolutely heartbroken right now [over Lamar] and dating someone is the last thing she’s thinking about.”

Another person close to the Kardashians confirmed that Kemp and Khloe are just friends, but would not rule out a romantic relationship in the future.

“It could be heading [romantic] in the future, but Khloé wasn’t spending time with him when she was still with Lamar,” the source reportedly said. “She absolutely wasn’t. People need to remember that she and Lamar haven’t lived together since June.”

We know better than to believe anything anyone says about the Kardashians by now — including the Kardashians. It’s possible Kemp and Khloe are just friends and were trying to hide so people like us wouldn’t talk about it. Then again, if they weren’t shy about showing their faces in public together people would be more inclined to believe that they have nothing to hide. No one would be surprised if they confirmed they are dating in the near future.

Matt Kemp appears to be dating Khloe Kardashian

Matt Kemp Khloe Kardashian

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Dodgers fans, but it looks like Matt Kemp is dating Khloe Kardashian.

Kemp doesn’t use his social media accounts too often, but he did on Thursday to share a picture on Instagram of the Kardashian family Christmas tree:

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Matt Kemp a trade possibility for Red Sox?

Matt-Kemp-Does-Not-Want-MVPThe Los Angeles Dodgers have a surplus of outfield talent at the moment. They have four perfectly capable full-time players in Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. Heading into the 2014 season, LA could benefit from dangling one of its attractive outfield talents as trade bait. Could Kemp be the odd man out?

On Friday, Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart said he has a “strong feeling something could happen” regarding a trade at next week’s winter meetings in Orlando.

“This is the first time we’ve experienced this,” Stewart said, via ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes. “This is the first time we’ve heard it this much, and the first time we really believe something could happen.”

As for a potential suitor, Stewart was open in discussing the possibility of Kemp landing with the Boston Red Sox.

“Boston is a good place,” he said. “It’s a good city to play in, especially when they’re winning championships. I’m 56 years old, and people are still buying me dinner there, and I played for the other team. I told Matt about the city. The key to playing in the city is to perform. Compete, play good-quality baseball, don’t dog it. If you don’t perform, nobody’s going to like it.”

Kemp has had some issues with health since his MVP-caliber season in 2011. He played in 106 games in 2012 and just 73 last season while battling injuries to his non-throwing shoulder and ankle. Kemp has six years and $128 million remaining on his contract, which isn’t all that bad for a 29-year old player when you consider the seven-year, $153 million deal Jacoby Ellsbury just got from the New York Yankees.

When healthy, Kemp is a stud. Now that Ellsbury is gone, the Red Sox lack outfield depth. One option would be to call up Jackie Bradley Jr. to play center field and keep Shane Victorino in right with a platoon of Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes in left. The issue with that is that Bradley Jr. was not MLB-ready last season, and Victorino has a balky back.

If the Dodgers are willing to eat a few million per season on Kemp’s deal, the Red Sox might be inclined to pull the trigger. The blockbuster trade that sent Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to LA two years ago worked out for both sides, so the teams have a history of success in dealing with one another. Right now it’s all just speculation. Don’t be surprised if it becomes more at the winter meetings.

Sick Dodgers fan who connected with Matt Kemp has died

One of the more uplifting stories of the year came in May, when Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp took the shirt and cleats he was wearing and gave them to a cancer-stricken fan after the team was swept by the Giants in San Francisco.

What made the video go viral was how authentic Kemp was in showing his concern for the ill teen. Kemp was unaware that the best friend of 19-year-old Joshua Jones was recording the moment on video when the outfielder came over to meet the youngster. Kemp immediately autographed a baseball for the boy, and he quickly realized how much of a difference he could make by going the extra mile. So he handed over his cap, and then his jersey, and then his cleats.

Jones was unable to speak at the time, but he was ecstatic over the gifts from Kemp. He posted a photo of the gifts from Kemp to his Instagram account:

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