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Braden Thornberry wins a U.S. Amateur match to remember at Riviera

By Mark Whicker|

Winning Dodgers at a loss for nothing but words

LOS ANGELES >> He had just caught another comeback victory and hit another home run, Yasmani Grandal now standing in the Dodgers clubhouse and being asked to discuss his team’s astonishing and utter awesomeness. Yet, instead of effe...

By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

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