Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez back in Dodgers’ lineup

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From MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick comes word that center fielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Hanley Ramirez are back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

This will be Kemp’s first start since he suffered a severe left ankle sprain on July 21. He has appeared in only 63 games this season and has registered a wretched .262/.317/.380 slash line, but the Dodgers are hoping he’ll be able to contribute something positive down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Hanley had been out since last Thursday because of an irritated nerve in his lower back. The 29-year-old is batting .342/.390/.634 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 79 games played this season for National League West-leading Los Angeles.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.