Matt Kemp left last night’s game with a hamstring injury

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Bad news for the Dodgers: Matt Kemp left during the seventh inning of last night’s Angels-Dodgers game with a mild hamstring strain. It was the right hamstring — last year he missed two months with a strain of the left — and after the game he said it didn’t feel as bad as last year’s injury. A bevy of bumps and bruises have limited Kemp’s effectiveness this year, leading to a disappointing .251/.305/.335 line thus far and now it looks like he’ll miss some time.

There aren’t a lot of apparent options for the Dodgers in center field right now. Carl Crawford hasn’t played there regularly in years. Yasiel Puig is intriguing, but it’s doubtful that the Dodgers would move him up two levels to play big league center field. Andre Ethier played a game in center last year. Guess we’ll hear what Don Mattingly will do sometime later today.

 

Rangers hire Julio Rangel as new pitching coach

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The Texas Rangers have hired Julio Rangel as their new pitching coach.

Rangel has spent 12 seasons a minor league pitching instructor for the Giants and Indians.

Rangel replaces departing pitching coach Doug Brocail. Under Brocail the Rangers ranked 13th in runs allowed per game in the American League.