Matt Kemp continues rehab, plans to be in Home Run Derby

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Matt Kemp played his third minor-league rehab game yesterday, going 1-for-4 and logging seven innings defensively in center field.

Kemp is now 5-for-11 (.455) with a double at Single-A and his hamstring feels good enough that he’s still planning to participate in the Home Run Derby despite being ruled out of the All-Star game.

Barring a setback there he’s on track to come off the disabled list for the first game of the second half, which is next Friday versus the Padres at Dodger Stadium.

Kemp has been out since aggravating his hamstring injury on May 30. At that point the Dodgers were 32-18 and averaging 4.4 runs per game. Since then they’re 15-19 and averaging 3.1 runs per game, although certainly other injuries have also played a big part in the declining offensive production.

Twins sign Michael Pineda to a two-year deal

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The Twins just announced that they have signed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.

Pineda, 28, has a 4.05 career ERA and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over 680 career major league innings.

Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery this past July, so the Twins are buying a 2018 filled mostly with rehab and a pitcher for 2019. As such, the deal is probably not too taxing financially, but could pay off pretty well for them if Pineda comes back strong.