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LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal couldnt hit during the offseason after left shoulder surgery. Ozzie Albies Jersey . Spring training wasnt much better, ever mindful of others advice on overdoing it and stressing his joint.Grandal kept watching video of his swing, working with the hitting coaches to regain his lost touch.It paid off in spades when he homered three times, driving in six runs in the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night that snapped a three-game skid.Today just seemed like it was my day, he said. Ive been hitting the ball, hard contact; its not showing numbers-wise. I kept doing what I was doing and tried to make adjustments here and there.Grandal became the third Dodgers catcher to hit three homers in a game, joining Mike Piazza (1996) and Roy Campanella (1950).This is something hell always remember, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.The teams combined for 28 hits and seven homers, including two by San Diegos Melvin Upton Jr. Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick added solo shots for Los Angeles.Grandal had a bunt single against the shift in the eighth, giving him a career-high five hits against this former team. He took a foul ball off his mask in the sixth. Grandal had hit .182 with two homers in 18 previous games against the Padres, who traded him to the Dodgers for outfielder Matt Kemp, who went 0 for 5.Both starters struggled mightily before leaving early. San Diegos Andrew Cashner gave up a career-high eight runs, while Los Angeles Scott Kazmir labored through a 31-pitch, 27-minute first inning in a game that lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes.Pedro Baez (2-2) got the win, allowing one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief.Kazmir allowed three runs and six hits in a season-low three innings, struck out five and walked three.The first inning for me it was tough to get any type of rhythm, he said. I felt I was throwing the ball well, I just wasnt getting any outs.Cashner (3-7) lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits, including four homers, while striking out two and walking three. The Dodgers feasted on Cashners fastball, teeing off on it for their first eight runs.I didnt really command much of anything, Cashner said. Fastball was out of the zone, not even close, and when I did throw it for a strike it was down the middle.Upton led off the fourth with his 16th homer of the season on the first pitch from Louis Coleman, leaving San Diego trailing 8-4. Upton has seven homers in his last 12 games. Coleman gave up three runs and four hits in one-plus innings.The Dodgers extended their lead to 7-3 in the third. Grandal hit a three-run homer and Kendrick followed with a solo shot, making it the second time this week and this season that the team had back-to-back homers.The Padres cut their deficit to 4-3 in the second on Uptons two-run homer.Los Angeles took a 4-1 lead in the first, scoring all its runs with two outs. Turner got things going with his solo homer. Adrian Gonzalez singled and scored -- going wide to avoid the tag with his left hand on the plate -- on Yasiel Puigs double. Grandal followed with his first home run of the game, driving in Puig.San Diego catcher Derek Norris left the game in the fourth with a right quad contusion, the result of a first-inning collision with Chase Utley. Alexei Ramirez grounded into a bases-loaded fielders choice to Utley at second and Norris ran into him, causing them both to fall down. Norris was out on runners interference.Theres only one way in the world that run was not going to score, for him to create contact and get that call on interference, Padres manager Andy Green said of Utley. Its very frustrating to have one of your players get hurt from somebody else creating the collision and having your guy get called out at the same time.STARTING IN CENTER FIELDFrom Oklahoma City to starting in center field for the Dodgers was Andrew Toles. The 24-year-old outfielder had his contract purchased Friday and he made his major league debut after being out of baseball last year because of personal issues.He doubled in the second for his first big-league hit.Toles started for the Triple-A team Thursday night against Omaha and then caught an early flight to the West Coast. He began the season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and moved on to Double-A Tulsa before joining OKC.He was on the radar because he can really hit, Roberts said.Regular center fielder Joc Pederson is on the DL and the team has a short bench, leading to Toles promotion.TRAINERS ROOMPadres: RHP Tyson Ross (shoulder inflammation) reported discomfort in his twisted left ankle after playing catch from 120 feet at flat ground. There are no scheduled plans for him to throw off a mound. ... 2B Cory Spangenberg (pulled hamstring) was shut down midway through base-running drills during a rehab session and will be re-evaluated by team doctors.Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw is due to come off the DL after the All-Star break, but he will need additional time. Roberts said Kershaws back is improving daily, but the team wont put a timetable on him. ... Pederson is in Arizona, hasnt swung a bat yet and the team isnt sure how soon hell return after the break.UP NEXTPadres: RHP Luis Perdomo (3-3, 7.93 ERA) tossed a career high-tying six innings in his previous start Monday at Arizona, giving up three runs (two earned) and nine hits. He struck out five and walked none.Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 0.00) makes his second start of the season after coming off the DL last weekend. Bob Uecker Braves Jersey . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. Babe Ruth Braves Jersey . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. http://www.baseballbravesproshop.com/matt-joyce-braves-jersey/ .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Elijah Brown scored 13 with nine rebounds and New Mexico held off a late charge from Abilene Christian to win 64-55 on Wednesday night.Obij Aget added 12 for the Lobos, including one stretch of the first half when he had a personal 7-0 run with three dunks, to help New Mexico (5-2) build a 31-24 lead.Jaren Lewis and Jalone Friday each had 16 for the Wildcats (3-3).With the win, New Mexico started to right its ship after losing two of three over Thhanksgiving weekend in the Wooden Legacy Classic in Los Angeles. Orlando Cepeda Jersey. The Lobos had 16 assists on their 22 baskets and only turned it over eight times.New Mexico built its to 58-43 midway through the second half before Lewis led a comeback, scoring six of his points in an Abilene Christian 12-3 run that cut it to 61-55 with 3:21 left. ' ' '