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Matt Kemp cares. A lot.

It just took a long time and some hard lessons for him to figure that out

Updated: June 14, 2012, 6:12 PM ET
By Molly Knight | ESPN The Magazine

HE IS OFF with the crack of the bat.

Andre Ethier smokes a line drive toward the wall in left-center, and though Matt Kemp has a small lead off first base, he thinks one thing: score. With his head down and legs pumping, Kemp is a blur in home whites as he rounds second. It's May 30, and he is only two days removed from a 15-day stint on the DL with a bum hammy -- but the duct-taped Dodgers improbably own the best record in baseball. Kemp is their leader, having ...

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