Kemp is starting in left field and batting cleanup Monday against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Kemp is one of eight right-handed hitters in the lineup to face Kershaw. He's hitting a paltry .162/.162/.243 so far this season, with 14 strikeouts and no walks, though he did homer last week against the Marlins.
Kemp went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs in a 14-0 victory against the Marlins on Tuesday. The 34-year-old was the first of three straight batters to hit a home run for the Reds in the sixth Tuesday night. With the blast, Kemp picked up his first homer and RBI with the Reds this season. He is 4-for-27 (.148) with one extra-base hit, three RBI and three runs in nine games.
Kemp will start in left field and will bat third in Tuesday's game against the Marlins. Kemp will stick in the lineup for the third time in four games and should pick up another start Wednesday while Yasiel Puig finishes up a two-game suspension. Despite receiving steady work as the Reds' fourth outfielder this season, Kemp has yet to get going at the dish. He enters the series opener with two hits and 10 strikeouts over 22 at-bats.
Kemp got his first hit as a Red in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers with a single in the ninth inning. Unfortunately for Kemp and the Reds, he didn't come around to score, as they were shut out by Freddy Peralta and Alex Wilson. Kemp is just 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in the first five games of the season.
Kemp will start in left field and bat fifth Sunday against the Pirates, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Kemp was slated to draw his first start prior to the postponement Saturday, but he remains in the lineup Sunday. He'll replace Jesse Winker, though Kemp is still expected to appear primarily off the bench unless injuries strike the Reds' outfield.
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