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LAst Night's Action: Dodger Bullpen Blows Billingsley's Great Day

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Arizona Diamondbacks defeat LA Dodgers 5-4. Chad Billingsley gave up a run while striking out 13 batters. Staked to a 4-1 lead thanks to Rod Barajas’ two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning, after Ronald Belisario got Augie Ojeda to ground out to start the bottom of the eighth, the combination of George Sherrill and Jonathan Broxton stunk up the joint.

Chicago White Sox defeat LA Angels 4-3. The Angels get swept by the White Sox with Jered Weaver giving up all four runs in his 6 2/3 innings of work after getting spotted three runs in the first inning .

NOTABLE NOTES

NFL Thoughts. While the Pittsburgh Steelers being 3-0 might be a little surprising considering they have used three quarterbacks not named Ben Roethlisberger, how about the Kansas City Chiefs being 3-0? It sounds surprising since the Chiefs haven’t done anything since head coach Dick Vermeil left after the 2005 season. But look at what we have here. Charlie Weis is their offensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel is their defensive coordinator. After the two have proved they didn’t have the head coach chops at Notre Dame and the Cleveland Browns respectively, they were the last coordinators to win a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots. And who hired them? General manager Scott Pioli, the architect of the Patriots’ dynasty in the 2000’s. Not so surprising once you peel back the layers.

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On the other end of the spectrum, it’s no surprise that the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers are 0-3, but the San Francisco 49ers? I thought they were supposed to win the weak NFC West. But right now their offense is reeling a week after looking promising in a lost at home to the New Orleans Saints, and head coach Mike Singletary looks lost on the sidelines. Rats, offensive calling ineptitudes, whatever it is the season is slowly starting to come undone for them. There is no consistency week-to-week from this team reflecting the volatile nature of Singletary. Fortunate for the 49ers, they are in the NFC West so all hope is not gone from them. But they better find something somewhere before we start calling the Seattle Seahawks the NFC West Champions.

Can someone tell me when did Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Chad Henne get fat?

I only caught the last quarter of the Washington Redskins-St. Louis Rams game, and I was very impressed with freshman quarterback for the Rams Sam Bradford. He kept drives going and made throws when he needed. And he did it without his safety valve running back Stephen Jackson for much of the second half with a strained groin.

If I was a betting man, I’d take my Bears tonight and the three points that they are underdogs to the Green Bay Packers.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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LA Dodgers (75-81) at Colorado Rockies (83-72). Ted Lilly (8-12, 3.83 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (19-7, 3.00 ERA). 5:40 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Oakland Athletics (77-78) at LA Angels (75-80). Brett Anderson (6-6, 2.73 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (17-9, 3.77 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA>

Green Bay Packers (2-0) at Chicago Bears (2-0). 5:30 pm ESPN, AM 570 KLAC.