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Dodgers Activate Matt Kemp From Disabled List

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Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out swinging against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on May 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out swinging against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on May 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

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PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — A decorated soldier originally from Michigan was reunited with his family Tuesday in a heartwarming moment captured by cameras and witnessed by millions during the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade. Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz was riding on the “Canines of Courage” float sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods Tuesday when he was reunited with his wife Miriam and four-year-old son, Eric Jr. Both were watching the parade from the grandstands after winning seats. They were under the impression that 32-year-old Pazz, who was deployed, was still in Afghanistan. Video of the parade shows the heartwarming scene as Eric Jr. runs toward his father and the announcer says, “he sees Daddy. he had no idea.” After the reunion, his family joined him on the float for the remainder of the parade.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated star center fielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list and he is in the lineup to play against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Kemp, who missed 24 games with a strained right hamstring, played in three rehab games with Triple-A Albuquerque, going 2-for-11 from the plate with six strikeouts. More important than his number from the plate, however, was the fact that he was running well.

Kemp took over in center field for the Isotopes on Monday, playing seven innings.

The former MVP runner-up was batting .251 with just two homers and 17 RBIs through 191 at-bats. He went on the DL on May 30, which led to the call-up of rookie phenom Yasiel Puig, who has batted .442 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs through 21 games.

The return of Kemp marks the healthiest the Dodgers have been since the beginning of the season. After raising high expectations during preseason, the Dodgers have resorted to the disabled list 20 times on 15 different players this season, according to ESPN.

Kemp’s return will also move Andre Ethier back to his regular position in right field, and Puig will move to left.

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