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Mattingly gives Kemp day off

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LOS ANGELES -- Center fielder Matt Kemp was not in the lineup on Wednesday against Marlins right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who was making his Major League debut straight from Double-A Jacksonville.

Kemp had started six games in a row and hit in all of them, batting .391 with a home run and three RBIs in that stretch.

"This is really more of a day [off] for Matt," manager Don Mattingly said. "Matt's been going pretty hard. I wanted him to kind of take advantage of the off-day [on Thursday]."

Andre Ethier started in center field for the 13th time this season. Kemp's started 29 games there, plus one game as designated hitter.

Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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