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Matt Kemp: Outburst not directed at Don Mattingly

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09:37 AM ET 05.26 | Matt Kemp had cooled off now. The frustration of the night, of his season, now tempered by a Dodgers' victory. It had not been that way earlier Saturday, when a struggling and frustrated Kemp reacted angrily in the seventh after Manager Don Mattingly took him out of a one-run game in a double-switch. Kemp appeared to yell at Mattingly as he headed off the field, flipping his glove at the dugout wall and barking a little more before momentarily disappearing into the clubhouse. "Man, I was just frustrated," Kemp said. "It had been a bad day for me. I really didn't do much to help the team win. It is what it is. It's over now." Kemp denied he was yelling directly at Mattingly. "I was just shouting," he said. Kemp had struck out twice with runners in scoring position Saturday, including the final at-bat in the sixth on a ball almost in the dirt. Each time the crowd booed the player who came in second in the National League MVP in 2011. "It is what it is," he said. "It's how they feel, booing me. Let them do what they want to do."

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Matt Kemp, Don Mattingly, Brad Mangin/Getty Images Matt Kemp, Don Mattingly, Brad Mangin/Getty Images
May 26, 2013  09:52 AM ET

It's coming apart at the seams, bro.

May 26, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Great time to have some inside the lines camera stuff to follow this team around 24/7. Must watch TV.

May 26, 2013  12:18 PM ET

Like it wasn't completely foreseeable that the Dodgers were going to blow this year from 50 miles away.... Eventually , in another 100 years or so, certain owners will understand you can't buy the pennant.

May 26, 2013  04:10 PM ET

Kemp and Either hitting like crap isn't because the team spent money. Stop using that silly statement. Right now the Dodgers needs those two to hit better, something more out of 2nd, 3rd and Short, and a bullpen. Other than shortstop, they did nothing to improve themselves recently.

May 26, 2013  04:11 PM ET

Meant that they didn't improve 2nd Base, 3rd Base, or bullpen over offseason. Mark Ellis is passable, but on the DL and nothing decent to back him up in the minors apparently.

 
May 27, 2013  12:51 AM ET

"It is what it is". Except when it isn't. Or when some other meaningless, dead-space-occupying cliche won't do.

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