Padres try struggling Matt Kemp in the leadoff spot

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Matt Kemp has faded badly following a good April and Wednesday the Padres tried him in the leadoff spot, where he last played in 2010 for the Dodgers.

Kemp went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and the Padres were shut out by the Giants. He’s now hitting .199 with a .239 on-base percentage and .281 slugging percentage since May 1, striking out 58 times compared to eight walks in 50 games.

Meanwhile, catcher Yasmandi Gandal, whom the Padres traded to the Dodgers for Kemp, has an .846 OPS that ranks second among all MLB catchers behind only Stephen Vogt of the A’s.

Marlins give Don Mattingly two-year extension

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The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.

Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.

In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.

Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.