- Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times notes that Matt Kemp is in his first slump in years.
"Tonight, this guy is a tough matchup," Mattingly said. "It's a tough matchup for a lot of guys with [his arm] angle. Matt's killed left-handers all year long, but this guy's a tough angle. He's a tough see.
"I think [Kemp's] been a little impatient, swinging at balls out of the strike zone a little bit. They kind of pounded him [inside] in Pittsburgh, and he kind of got a little conscious. That'll get you in trouble. He needs to stay with what he does. You start looking for that ball in, you're in trouble.”
- Orel at Sons of Steve Garvey transcribes Vin Scully's broadcast yesterday about villains in the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, and how no one appears to be cast as a villain today. Vin expects that will change soon.
- 'Topes Tattler notes that Tim Federowicz has been named the best defensive catcher and Lorenzo Garner was named best managerial prospect in the PCL by Baseball America.
- FS West notes the positive influence Manny Mota has had on Hanley Ramirez.
"I explained to him about this organization and its great history, winning tradition," Mota said. "He told me he's very proud and pleased and happy to wear the Dodger uniform."
Mota said he's known Ramirez, 28, since watching Ramirez play as a youngster in the Dominican Republic and that "he still hasn't reached his potential. He's still learning how to play the game and he's still maturing, as a man, as a player."
- Check out a video from last night of Misty May-Treanor receiving a nice ovation from the Dodger Stadium crowd.
- I don't know why I haven't been doing this all summer. Today I bring to you todays. Stanley Cup Happenings. It is Kevin Westgarth's day with Lord Stanley. Pic via twitter @FoxSportsWest. BTW, since they won the cup I literally have spend at least half an hour every day watching and re-watching highlight videos. I can't help myself. The Kings winning the Stanley Cup is still unbelievable to me. I wake up every morning doubting that it happened, and find the need to remind myself that it wasn't a dream. BTW, on a side note I heard through the grapevine that Sidney Crosby is staying in Santa Monica this summer and practicing at the Kings training facility.
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