WASHINGTON (AP) – All it took was two at-bats on his first opening day in the majors for Bryce Harper to hit two homers - and hear some "M-V-P!" chants.
• Oakland's top prospect in Stockton: STOCKTON – The Oakland Athletics announced its Opening Day roster for the Single-A Stockton Ports. The team includes several returning players from last season along with talented up-and-comers, including the Athletics Top Prospect infielder Addison Russell.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The status of San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for opening day is still a big question after he left Friday night's 3-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics with more discomfort in his irritated elbow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At age 26, Buster Posey can envision one day retiring with the San Francisco Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Oakland Athletics designated infielder Daric Barton and left-hander Travis Blackley for assignment on Friday.
Sierra's Allie Walljasper was lights out from the circle during Thursday's Valley Oak League ballgame against visiting Weston Ranch.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Back on the mound in his home ballpark, Tim Lincecum was still far from his old form.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Antii Niemi made 27 saves for his second shutout in two nights and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game in regulation, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Thursday.
PHOENIX (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins put his full array of skills on display Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The brains behind two of the last three World Series titles plan to stick together for at least another four seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) - Boxer Robert Guerrero, a former featherweight champion, was arrested Thursday at New York's Kennedy Airport after police said he tried to take a gun on a plane.
Take heart, Heat. Look out, NBA.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined - a lot more.
OAKLAND (AP) - If the Golden State Warriors can hold on and make the playoffs, they'll be thankful the Sacramento Kings are not standing in their way.
SAN JOSE (AP) - With time running out on their season, the San Jose Sharks wanted to get off to a fast start to a crucial homestand that could determine whether they make it back to the playoffs.
OAKLAND (AP) - Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Once most players had gone inside from practice on a hot day, there stood Antoine Bethea working to perfect a handshake with new 49ers teammate Demarcus Dobbs.
STANFORD (AP) - Venus Williams advanced to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night, beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1).
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.
Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.
NAPA (AP) - Chimdi Chekwa has dealt with so much in his first two NFL seasons that a matchup with wide receiver James Jones in practice seemed fairly easy in comparison for the Oakland cornerback.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch's holdout is over, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.
HOUSTON (AP) - In the first inning against Houston, Jason Hammel picked up right where he left off since coming to the Oakland Athletics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Ray Guy built a Hall of Fame career of making other people wait.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin laughs - a big, hearty guffaw - and shakes his head.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants ended their six-game losing streak in the most wacky way. They don't care how it happened, any break is welcome these days.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.