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Athletics' Tony Kemp: Records third stolen base
Kemp went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.
The veteran leadoff man has now reached safely in six straight games, and with three steals through 31 contests, he's on pace to exceed the career-high nine he posted with the Astros in 2018. However, with just a .226 average and .583 OPS, Kemp still has a long way to go before satisfying the expectations of fantasy managers who invested based on last season's career-best .279/.382/.418 slash line.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Slugs solo shot
Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Tigers on Monday.
Kemp's third-inning blast off Michael Pineda was the veteran's first homer of the season and opened the scoring on the night. Perhaps the long ball will serve to reignite Kemp's bat, as he entered Monday stuck in a 1-for-19 funk that had encompassed his prior six games and led to a 45-point drop in batting average.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Gets Sunday off
Kemp is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.
Kemp continued his extended slump in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Twins, going hitless with two strikeouts in four at-bats. He's now slashing .116/.152/.140 dating back to April 22, and though he appears to have a hold on an everyday role at second base, expect Kemp to sink in the lineup if he returns to the starting nine for Monday's doubleheader with the Tigers. The Athletics reinstated Ramon Laureano (suspension) from the restricted list Sunday, and he could end up displacing Kemp as the team's preferred leadoff man against both right- and left-handed pitching.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Sitting against southpaw
Kemp is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Kemp is 4-for-23 against left-handed pitching this season and will sit Tuesday with Ryan Yarbrough taking the mound for Tampa Bay. Sheldon Neuse will cover the keystone while Jed Lowrie serves as the designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Doubles, scores in Friday's loss
Kemp went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and two runs in a loss to the Guardians on Friday.
The veteran leadoff man made some noise out of the top of the order and scored multiple runs for the second time this season. Kemp has hit safely in three of his last four games and is carrying a solid .262 average and .355 on-base percentage through his first 76 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Two walks, stolen base
Kemp went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in a 2-1 win against Baltimore on Tuesday.
Kemp walked in the first and third innings, swiping second following the latter, but wasn't able to contribute any counting stats otherwise. The 30-year-old utility man has been a staple atop Oakland's lineup due to his high walk rate, though he lacks power and is yet to log an extra-base hit this season. Kemp is on pace to surpass a career-high nine steals set in 2018 if he continues at his current rate.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Reaches three times
Kemp went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Toronto.
Kemp singled off Alek Manoah to lead off the game and swiped second base in the same inning. He reached base twice more in the loss and recorded his first multi-hit game since April 11. The 30-year-old is now slashing .303/.378/.303 through nine games.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Not starting Saturday
Kemp isn't starting Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
Kemp led off against a left-hander Thursday against the Rays, but he'll be on the bench Saturday with southpaw Hyun Jin Ryu starting for Toronto. Sheldon Neuse will start at the keystone and bat fifth.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Sitting against southpaw
Kemp isn't starting Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay.
Kemp drew starts in each of the first five games of the season, and he went 7-for-21 with three runs, two RBI, two walks and a strikeout. Sheldon Neuse will take over at the keystone and bat seventh with lefty Shane McClanahan on the mound.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Another multi-hit effort Monday
Kemp went 2-for-5 with a run in a win over the Rays on Monday.
The veteran leadoff man helped contribute to the Athletics' offensive barrage with one of four multi-hit efforts on the evening. Kemp has bounced back from a 1-for-8 start over his first two games by going 5-for-10 with two RBI and Monday's run over the subsequent pair of contests.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Knocks three hits
Kemp went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia.
Kemp gave Oakland a pair of insurance runs with a ninth-inning single. The 30-year-old has started at second base and hit leadoff in each of the team's first three games.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Off to excellent start
Kemp is hitting .500 (5-for-10) with three doubles, a triple, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base and five runs across his first four Cactus League games.
The veteran enjoyed a career-best season in 2021 that saw him generate a .279/.382/.418 slash line across 397 plate appearances. Kemp also compiled a career-high 27 extra-base hits, and his scorching hot start in that regard this spring certainly supports the notion he's up to the task of replicating or even exceeding that feat this season. Despite the Athletics' overall rebuilding approach heading into 2022, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports the 30-year-old is set to enjoy an everyday role at second base for the first time in his career, although it bears noting the recent signing of the versatile Jed Lowrie does give manager Mark Kotsay another experienced hand capable of manning the keystone.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Rewarded for career year
Kemp agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the A's on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Kemp had by far the best year of his career in 2021, hitting .279/.382/.418 with eight home runs and eight steals in 131 games. He was worth 2.7 fWAR and split time between second base and left field. Kemp should once again play quite a bit, especially against right-handed pitching, in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Homers in final game
Kemp went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Astros.
Kemp hit a solo home run off Jose Urquidy in the third inning, giving Oakland the lead. He went 15-for-32 in his last nine games to finish off the season. The 29-year-old finished with a .279/.382/.418 slash line, including eight long balls, 37 RBI and 54 runs scored in 397 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Well-rounded effort in win
Kemp went 2-for-3 with an RBI ground-rule double, a walk, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Astros on Friday.
Kemp continued his torrid stretch at the plate with his fourth multi-hit effort in the last seven games, a stretch during which he's hit .417 (10-for-24) with Friday's double, a home run and four RBI. The veteran's late-season tear now has his slash line sitting at an impressive .270/.378/.404, with all three figures qualifying as new career bests.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Swats homer in loss
Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Mariners.
Logan Gilbert kept the A's off the scoreboard until the sixth inning when Kemp took advantage of a fastball right over the heart of the plate and sent it over the right field wall. It was his first home run since Sept. 3 and his seventh of the year. The 29-year-old typically isn't known for his power but has shown a knack for getting on base at a relatively high rate. That has proven to be true this season, as Kemp is slashing .266/.374/.398 with 25 extra-base hits, 32 RBI, 51 runs scored, seven steals and 51:51 BB:K over 384 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Snapping out of slump
Kemp, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Astros on Sunday, went 5-for-8 overall in his two starts against his old club during the three-game weekend series.
Kemp had been mired in an 0-for-19 slump that covered a seven-game span heading into the weekend set, but he put that behind him in fine fashion against his old team. Kemp owns a solid .267/.378/.394 slash line on the season, and he's already established a new career high in extra-base hits with 24 (15 doubles, three triples, six home runs).... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Sits against lefty
Kemp is not in Saturday's lineup against the Astros.
He'll head to the bench with lefty Framber Valdez on the hill for Houston. Chad Pinder will start in right field while Mark Canha starts in left.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Retreats to bench
Kemp isn't starting Thursday's game against the Mariners.
Kemp has gone 0-for-12 with two runs and five walks across his last six appearances, and he'll head to the bench for the third time in the last four contests. Mark Canha will shift to left field while Chad Pinder starts in right.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Out of lineup Tuesday
Kemp will take a seat versus the Mariners on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old sits for the second consecutive contest. He had secured at least one hit in eight of 11 games to open the month before going hitless in his last four contests. Mark Canha will shift over to left field and Chad Pinder will start in right field and bat sixth.... See More ... See Less
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