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Matt Kemp goes nuts after re-injuring hamstring, breaks bat over knee (Video)

This week was supposed to one of positive news for Matt Kemp. The Dodgers MVP candidate was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after rehabbing a hamstring injury. He tore things up going 5-for-7 with two home runs in a rehab stint at Albuquerque, and he hit a double in his first game back on Tuesday.

Unfortunately Kemp re-injured his hamstring in the first inning against the Brewers on Wednesday — his second game back. Kemp scored on an RBI double by Andre Ethier, but he slowed down while turning third. Kemp threw a fit in the dugout knowing he had re-injured his leg. He began stomping around and even broke a bat over his knee.

As badly as we felt for Kemp when he got hurt in the first place, we feel even worse now that he hurt himself again. However, we can’t say we’re surprised. Hamstring injuries tend to nag and are the type that reappear if players rush back. Taking two weeks generally isn’t long enough for them to fully heal.

Thanks to LBS contributor A. Liu for the tip

Matt Kemp reportedly left Dodger Stadium with Eva Longoria

Actress Eva Longoria attended the Dodgers-Angels Freeway Series exhibition game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium along with one of her “Desperate Housewives” co-stars. According to former GM and current analyst Jim Bowden, Longoria left the stadium with Dodgers all-star Matt Kemp. Bowden says he shared an elevator with Longoria, Kemp, and actor Ricardo Chavira, and then he dropped this bomb:

Longoria divorced Tony Parker a year and a half ago and confirmed that she and Eduardo Cruz broke up last month (though they were spotted together last weekend). The point is that Longoria seems available, and from what we can tell, so is Kemp. It’s also curious that Longoria would go to an exhibition game; if you’re attending a sporting event to be seen, you pick ones that matter.

Bowden could be embellishing and might not have his story right, but we’re hoping his accuracy with gossip reports is higher than his percentage of trades won. As for Dodgers fans, given the way Kemp played before and after dating Rihanna, they better hope there’s absolutely nothing going on with Longoria.

Matt Kemp bought his Mega Millions lottery tickets; Roddy White is in, too

Wizards forward Chris Singleton and Raiders safety Michael Huff aren’t the only athletes consumed with the Mega Millions lottery ticket craze — plenty of other pros are feeling the excitement, too.

Dodgers MVP contender Matt Kemp tweeted Friday that he got his Mega Millions tickets:

The Mega Millions jackpot was a popular topic of conversation for many other athletes Friday. Falcons receiver Roddy White, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck, and 49ers tight end Vernon Davis were all talking about it and some of them indicated they were planning to play:

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Matt Kemp says he could take Magic Johnson in basketball

If Matt Kemp is trying to get in good with the man who is likely to be his new boss, he’s going about it all wrong. The Dodgers outfielder was ecstatic to hear that Magic Johnson was fronting the ownership group that won the bidding for the franchise, saying “that’s tight.” While Magic will likely love hearing that response, he probably won’t be as thrilled to hear that Kemp believes he could take Magic on the court.

“Probably not back in the day,” Kemp said, laughing, according to the LA Times. “I’d definitely take him one-on-one now. I don’t think he’s shooting hoops no more. He’s wearing suits now. He’s writing my checks.”

Kemp’s not alone — shortstop Dee Gordon also thinks he could take Magic, though as Tony Gwynn Jr. says, Gordon believes he could beat anyone.

Magic’s 52 and obviously nowhere near playing shape, but he probably still has game. I’ll take the former three-time NBA MVP over the guy who should have won NL MVP last season, but don’t tell that to Matt, who was a standout basketball player in high school.

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Matt Kemp says he is afraid of the Angels’ Rally Monkey

For the sake of the Dodgers, it’s a good thing the Angels are an American League team. If the two Los Angeles teams had to play each other frequently, the Dodgers may have to deal with an ineffective Matt Kemp every time they visited the Halos. Why? Because Kemp fears the Rally Monkey.

“I don’t like the Rally Monkey,” Kemp said Tuesday according to a tweet by Dylan Hernandez. “I’m scared of the Rally Monkey. You’re out there in the outfield and the monkey just pops up on the screen. That’s kind of scary.”

Angels fans love the Rally Monkey. The Angels have even given away Rally Monkey Chia Pets to their fans, so you know it is a huge part of their culture. Personally, I never saw the thing as frightening and I’d like to assume Kemp is joking. If this is the guy who is claiming his MVP snub created a monster that is going to tear it up in 2012, he can’t be afraid of things like a monkey while he’s posted up in the outfield.

Matt Kemp says he wouldn’t want MVP even if Ryan Braun is stripped

With Ryan Braun awaiting his fate for the 2012 MLB season, we are left to wonder what will become of the 2011 National League MVP award if Braun is found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs. Braun won the award with a monster season and insists his failed drug test is a misunderstanding. If his appeal is denied and the league strips his MVP award, would it automatically go to runner-up Matt Kemp? Kemp says he has no interest in winning an award that way.

“I would want to win by them voting me,” Kemp said according to the L.A. Times. “I wouldn’t want them to just, ‘Oh, this person did that so how about we just give the award to this person?’ I don’t think it should work that way. If it is that way, then it should be a vacant award for 2011, no one should win the MVP award in the National League.”

It’s easy to understand where Kemp is coming from. We know he believed he should have won the award to begin with, as evidenced by his tweet that said the voters had created a monster after the MVP was announced. Nobody wants to win an award by default, so you could see how Kemp’s pride would get in the way if the league tried to strip Braun of the MVP and give it to the Dodgers outfielder. For what it’s worth, Kemp says he is hoping Braun is clean.

“I know Braun,” he said. “We’ve always been cool. We’ve been friends. He’s been one of my favorite players in the big leagues. I hope it’s not true. It’s even harder because it’s someone that you know and someone that you respect as a person.”

Time will tell if vindication is in the cards for the reigning MVP. If it isn’t, the league might as well not even insult Kemp by trying to hand him the trophy.

Matt Kemp Says NL MVP Snub ‘Just Created a Monster’

Matt Kemp finished second in the 2011 NL MVP voting, losing the award to Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun. Braun received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 12 second-place votes. Kemp received 10 first-place votes, 16 second-place votes, and six people had him third on their ballots.

Kemp had more runs (115 to 109), RBIs (126 to 111), home runs (39 to 33), and stolen bases (40 to 33) than Braun. Braun’s OPS was slightly higher (.994 to .986), and his .332 average was slightly higher than Kemp’s .324. We felt both players were deserving of the award, but that Kemp probably should have won because he played in 161 games compared to Braun’s 150.

Most sports writers likely figured that Braun deserved it because he played for a division winner while Kemp’s Dodgers struggled to finish above .500. Dodgers fans who are upset over Kemp losing the award should look at things differently. It appears that Kemp will use the snub as motivation. Shortly after losing the award he tweeted:

“They don’t know who they messin with!!!!! They just created a monster!!Lol. #BEASTMODE don’t care!!”

When Kemp signed his $160 million extension with the Dodgers, I said that signing for so much guaranteed money might result in less motivation. If what Kemp is tweeting is true, that won’t be the case.

Like I said, maybe losing the award is the best thing for Kemp and the Dodgers. Oh yeah, it also enhances my legacy as well: LB is now officially the only blogger on the internet to hold the reigning MVP hitless in high school (yes, 0-for-4 in a Grant vs. Granada Hills 2001 game).