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... Torre likened the situation to last season, when the Dodgers acquired veteran utility man Ronnie Belliard late in the season and Belliard got so hot at the end that three-time Gold Glove-winning second baseman Orlando Hudson, who would eventually win his fourth, was benched during the playoffs in favor of Belliard.
However, Torre said he was a long way from relegating Kemp -- who is hitting .260 with 18 homers and 63 RBIs but has struck out 120 times in 435 at-bats -- to a reserve role for the rest of the season.
"I'm not going that far down that road," Torre said. "I'm just looking to play it a day at a time right now. You don't just play with the same people all the time. If you want to win, everybody needs to contribute. Matty knocked in two runs [Tuesday] night. I just don't want to go too far down the road right now."