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Kemp makes first spring start in outfield

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Matt Kemp on Tuesday made his first start in the Dodgers' outfield since undergoing left shoulder surgery.

Kemp, who was 0-for-5 this spring in two games as a designated hitter, batted third in the Dodgers' order for their game against the Padres at Peoria. He went 0-for-3 in the 7-3 loss before being replaced by Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the fifth.

Kemp has been eased into action as he recovers from the torn labrum he suffered while running into the wall at Coors Field last August.

With Hanley Ramirez playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, Dee Gordon started at shortstop and led off for the Dodgers. Juan Uribe started at first base and Brian Barden at third base in place of Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz, who are also at the Classic with Team Mexico.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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