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Kemp loses appeal, serving 1-game suspension

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LOS ANGELES -- MLB denied Matt Kemp's appeal of a one-game suspension, which he will serve by missing Wednesday night's Dodgers-Cubs game.

With a day game on Thursday, Kemp said he wasn't scheduled to start on Wednesday night anyway. But the Dodgers will play a man short and won't have his bat off the bench.

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LOS ANGELES -- MLB denied Matt Kemp's appeal of a one-game suspension, which he will serve by missing Wednesday night's Dodgers-Cubs game.

With a day game on Thursday, Kemp said he wasn't scheduled to start on Wednesday night anyway. But the Dodgers will play a man short and won't have his bat off the bench.

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"It is what it is," said Kemp. "I'll serve my game, come back tomorrow and try to get a win. I'll be watching the game tonight from the house and play a 12 o'clock game and be ready for that and it's over."

Kemp and Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for a shoving match after a plate collision on June 13. Chirinos served the suspension, but Kemp appealed and the hearing took place in a Monday teleconference.

As Kemp tried to score on a Kiké Hernandez single, Chirinos fielded the throw from the outfield, which took him into the basepath. Kemp lunged into Chirinos, and the two got into a shoving match once they got up. Both players were ejected. Kemp is in a Comeback Player of the Year-caliber season. In the most recent vote tabulations for the MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard, Kemp had the second-most votes among National League outfielders.

Kemp is having a resurgent season in his return to Los Angeles, hitting .311 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs in 76 games. He has been ejected from three games this season.

"We'll play a man short," said manager Dave Roberts. "We've got a shorter bench. Chris Taylor is limited a little bit. We've got to keep guys in games with health and not getting tossed would help things. That's a message we've sent to the guys."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. David Adler contributed to this story.

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