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Kemp's kindness goes viral

LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp became an Internet sensation after an impromptu gesture he made toward a cancer-stricken Dodgers fan attending a game at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

The Dodgers' Gold Glove centerfielder was informed of the disabled fan's plight by third-base coach Tim Wallach during a 4-3 loss to the Giants on Sunday. After the game, Kemp met the fan and his father, who were sitting in the front row adjacent to the third base dugout.

"Wally told me that there was a big Dodger fan at the game and that he didn't have a long time to live, not longer than a month and a half," Kemp said during a hastily arranged news conference Tuesday night.

"So after the game, I just decided to go meet him. He couldn't talk because I guess his speech was gone. When I said 'Hi' to him, he just looked at me in shock. It almost got me."

The fan, whose name is Josh, appeared to be a teenager and was dressed in a hooded Dodgers sweatshirt. Kemp shook hands with him, autographed a ball and handed him his cap.

"I didn't know that anybody was filming it. I wasn't aware," Kemp said. "I woke up this morning and my phone's ringing, and I'm saying: 'What did I do now? What happened now? I hope nothing bad happened.' "

The video, which can be seen on YouTube, also shows Kemp pulling his jersey over his head and handing it to Josh, along with his shoes.

HELTON SENTENCED: Rockies 1B Todd Helton was sentenced to a year of probation and 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired. In other Rockies news, SS Troy Tulowitzki was held out of the lineup as a precaution after an MRI exam revealed minor swelling in his left groin.

A'S: RF Josh Reddick is expected to be sidelined for a few days with a sore right wrist.

CARDINALS: RH closer Jason Motte had season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery.

MARLINS: 1B Logan Morrison, recovering from offseason surgery for a torn patellar tendon on his right knee, began playing in extended spring training games and could be ready for a rehab assignment next week.

PIRATES: RHP James McDonald went on the 15-day disabled list with stiffness in his right shoulder. INF Josh Harrison was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

RED SOX: RH reliever Joel Hanrahan, who had been filling in as closer with RHP Andrew Bailey injured, went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. Manager John Farrell said RHP Junichi Tazawa will serve as closer. Also, RHP Allen Webster was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and is scheduled to start tonight, with LHP Felix Doubront headed to the bullpen.

Kemp's kindness goes viral 05/07/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 9:18pm]
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