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Torre sticks with slumping Kemp, Martin

Torre sticks with slumping Kemp, Martin

LOS ANGELES -- When manager Joe Torre posted his Dodgers lineup for Saturday's game with the Yankees, it included slumping catcher Russell Martin and center fielder Matt Kemp.

"Those guys have to play these games," said Torre. "I don't think they're tired, I really don't. If anything, it's from trying too hard. Physically, I don't think they're worn down.

Martin is in a 1-for-19 slide that has taken his average from .261 to .246. He hasn't homered since May 11 and has only four RBIs this month.


Kemp, who hit .291 in May, is hitting .191 in June with 30 strikeouts in 89 at-bats and a .235 on-base percentage, .315 slugging percentage and .549 OPS, almost 300 points below the .842 he had in 2009. He has struck out six of his last nine at-bats.