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LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 3-1. Casey Blake gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Ubaldo Jimenez (L, 19-8) with a line drive single off Jimenez’s foot that blooped over shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and that was all Ted Lilly (W, 9-12) needed. Lilly pitched eight innings giving up only a run in the fourth inning. With Blake on third base, AJ Ellis accounted for the third run in the ninth inning with a line drive single of his own. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save of the season. So one question begs to be asked here: with first base open why in the hell do you pitch to Ellis especially with a runner on third base?

LA Angels defeat Oakland Athletics 6-5. Ask the Oakland Athletics’ pitchers how tiny that damned strike zone is. Three walks and a hit batter in the bottom of the seventh inning helped the Angels score three runs to take a 6-4 lead. The A’s would get a run in the eighth and have a runner on third base in the ninth inning, but closer Fernando Rodney managed to pull out the save.

NOTABLE NOTES

Guilty Gallo. Andrew Gallo was found guilty by a jury of three counts of second-degree murder, single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving and driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury in the deaths of Angels’ pitcher Nick Adenhart and friends Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson. Passenger Jon Wilhite was internally decapitated but survived the crash and is able to walk today. The 23-year old Gallo will be facing 50 years to life in sentencing that is due to begin on December 10.

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49ers Fire Offensive Coordinator. So the first casualty of the season has happened. The San Francisco 49ers fired their offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. Quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson becomes the new offensive playcaller, the 49ers eighth in eight seasons.

The 49ers are 20th in total offense but are 31st in points per game with 12.7 besting only the Carolina Panthers. To top it off they have seven turnovers and only managed to grab two interceptions.

So a might good luck needs to go out to quarterback Alex Smith. A desperate team who was a preseason favorite to win the NFC West is making a desperate move that is essentially sealing their fate of being the most disappointing team in the NFL.

Trent Edwards is Victim No. 2. The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Trent Edwards of Stanford after losing his starting job in Week 3 to Harvard grad Ryan Fitzpatrick. Edwards, drafted by the Bills in the third round of the 2007 draft, went 14-18 as a starter and 0-2 this season. The backup quarterback for the Bills as they prepare for the New York Jets will be Louisville grad Brian Brohm.

Pac-10 Rising? I’m conceding that the Florida-Alabama game will be the most compelling college football game on Saturday, but could the next most interesting game actually be the Pac-10 showdown between Stanford and Oregon? Thanks to UCLA’s beatdown of the Texas Longhorns, the Red River Showdown against the Oklahoma Sooners has lost a lot of luster.

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Both Oregon and Stanford had question marks coming into the season. Oregon dealt with a lot of off-the-field issues that included releasing quarterback Jerimiah Masoli who helped lead the Ducks to the Rose Bowl last season. Stanford needed to replace their Heisman finalist running back Toby Gerhart. Both teams don’t look like they’ve missed a beat with Oregon running up their offense not yet scoring less than 42 points this season, while Stanford regularly beats up on opponents like UCLA (35-0) and Notre Dame (37-14) on the road.

While the winner of this game will be the front-runners for the Pac-10’s berth to the Rose Bowl, the Pac-10 is a conference filled with upsets. With the exception of Washington State, any of the other nine teams can beat one another on any given Saturday. Ask Arizona as they scored the sole touchdown of the game in the final two minutes to pull out a 10-9 win over Cal. And this is a week after they gutted out a 34-27 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Who’s 3-0 in the NFC? Da Bears thanks to their 20-17 win over the Green Bay Packers in Soldier Field. Chicago Bears bear down!

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers (76-81) at Colorado Rockies (83-73). Hiroki Kuroda (11-13, 3.27 ERA) vs. Jeff Francis (4-6, 4.71 ERA). 5:40 pm KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.

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Oakland Athletics (77-78) at LA Angels (75-80). Dallas Braden (10-13, 3.49 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (3-4, 2.85 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.