As Matt Kemp goes, so goes L.A.

Updated: September 20, 2012, 3:19 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- On Sep. 16, 2011, Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The win was unremarkable. The Dodgers improved to 74-76 on the season; the Pirates fell to 68-83. Matt Kemp had another nice game in a bounce-back season after a poor year in 2010.

It's what happened next that stands out. That game was the beginning of a 12-game hitting streak that would vault Kemp not only into the Most Valuable Player discussion in ...

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