Dodgers' Matt Kemp has rare shot at Triple Crown

By the Associated Press | September 26, 2011 | 12:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp points skyward as he reaches home plate after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres during a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in San Diego. It was Kemps' 37th home run of the season and came on his 27th birthday. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — By the time Matt Kemp bats in his last game of the regular season Wednesday night, he hopes to be ready to make history.

In a quiet way, Kemp has catapulted himself toward a possible Triple Crown run with a productive September. But after a tough three-game series against the San Diego Padres over the weekend, the quest by the Dodgers' slugger just got a lot more difficult.

Kemp has a comfortable lead in RBIs (119) and is tied with St. Louis' Albert Pujols in home runs (37). He trails Milwaukee's Ryan Braun by nine points in the NL batting race.

Kemp is trying to become the first player to win the Triple Crown since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. The last NL player was St. Louis' Ducky Medwick in 1937.