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Dodgers links: Kemp, chemistry, Gonzalez defense, injuries, Mattingly, prospects

Matt Kemp is dealing with a slump (and boos), the Dodgers are showing signs of chemistry, Gonzalez isn't happy with his defense, injury updates, Mattingly's status as manager, soccer at Dodger Stadium, and prospect updates


Matt Kemp is 4-39 over the last 11 games with one home run and two RBIs. Even though the numbers make it seem like he might still be injured, the Dodgers say he is still healthy, writes Mark Saxon. In a blog post on ESPN, Saxon also wrote that Kemp can relate to Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, who have dealt with similar slumps.

In another blog post on ESPN, Saxon wrote about the Dodgers' team chemistry.

T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times wrote about how the Angels, Dodgers, and Kemp might deserve the "boos".

Since Mattingly's famous "grit speech," the Dodgers are 4-2. If LA can keep it up, they might be able to mount a comeback, writes Jayson Stark. The ESPN senior writer also interviewed scouts to see what they thought of the Dodgers so far.

Austin Laymance wrote a couple of short pieces for Adrian Gonzalez isn't happy with his defense, Nick Punto is dealing with a back bruise, Hanley Ramirez could start a rehab assignment on Thursday, Stephen Fife started a rehab assignment in Rancho Cucamonga yesterday, and Kemp's slump dropped him in the lineup to fifth.

There is a possibility that Ramirez could return to the Dodgers on Monday, writes Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Hernandez also wrote that owner Mark Walter said he won't make the decision of whether or not to fire Mattingly.

Greg Zakwin, the creator of Plashke Thy Sweater is Argyle, wrote about the biggest "goat" in Dodgers' history on Yahoo!.

Have you ever wanted to see a soccer match at Dodger stadium? Well, on August 3rd, 2013 you can, writes Dylan Hernandez.

ESPN's Keith Law updated his list of the top 25 prospects in baseball. Law said he considered Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager, but neither made the cut (insider required).