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Kemp homers again in final rehab
Dodgers outfielder wraps up Triple-A stint with second longball
05/28/2012 7:53 PM ET
Matt Kemp homered in both of his rehab games for Albuquerque.
Matt Kemp homered in both of his rehab games for Albuquerque. (Zach Hill/Albuquerque Isotopes)
Matt Kemp wasn't kidding when he said he was feeling good.

The rehabbing Dodgers slugger homered for the second straight day, blasting a two-run shot in the first inning and falling a triple shy of the cycle Monday as Triple-A Albuquerque beat Oklahoma City, 11-9.

Kemp, who went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in the Isotopes' 11-9 win Sunday, greeted RedHawks starter Aneury Rodriguez in the first inning with a two-run drive to left after Matt Angle walked and Josh Fields singled him home.

Kemp doubled to lead off the third, grounded out in the the fourth and singled to start the sixth before being lifted for a defensive substitution in the eighth. He finished 3-for-4 and handled two fly balls outs in center.

Fellow Dodgers outfielder Juan Rivera batted cleanup behind Kemp and went 1-for-3 in his second rehab game. He might play more rehab games for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga as Albuquerque goes on the road, according to

"Man, felt good 2 b back on the field!" Kemp tweeted Sunday night after his first home run. The Dodgers outfielder has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 15 after he reaggravated a hamstring strain.

"I missed baseball. Hammy feels good, and I got 1 more day b4 I comeback 2 b back wit the boys," he wrote. "Let's go. 1 more game out here in Albuquerque and LA here we come!"

Kemp is expected to return to the Dodgers lineup Tuesday when Los Angeles hosts Milwaukee.

It's been an interesting week for Kemp, who is pictured on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated alongside new Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson. He's asked fans for advice on places to eat in Albuquerque and Tweeted a photo the Isotopes had hung up in the athletic trainer's room, showing it closed while Kemp and Rivera were in town.

"I've got to get better, get my hammy better," Kemp told last week. "Then we get better and win a championship."

At 32-15, Kemp's Dodgers enter play Monday night atop the National League West. Prior to landing on the DL, Kemp was batting .359 with a dozen homers and 28 RBIs in 34 games.

Rivera was batting .247 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 25 games before going on the DL with a hamstring issue May 8.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs. Comments
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