CHICAGO (AP) - Theo Epstein expected some rough stretches. He just didn't envision anything like this.
By MIKE & JEFF BURGHARDT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dan Wheldon couldn't win his third Indianapolis 500. Dario Franchitti did it for him.
MIAMI (AP) - Not even a ball to the face could stop Melky Cabrera.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics can only hope that the help they are expecting from the minors will come soon enough to spark their dormant offense.
PARIS (AP) - Easy to understand why Andy Roddick never enjoyed playing on red clay all that much.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Roy Halladay gave up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in an abbreviated two-inning start before leaving with shoulder soreness, and the St. Louis Cardinals avoided a four-game sweep with an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
BOSTON (AP) - Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Boston closer Alfredo Aceves, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, a day after losing in the final inning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It used to be that baseball fans would head for the concourse to grab a beer between innings, a cold one as much a part of America's pastime as hotdogs and Cracker Jack.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Freese expects everything to happen just like last fall. Call him spoiled.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have recalled right-hander Andrew Carignan from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned right-hander Graham Godfrey back to the River Cats.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - C.J. Sapong broke a seven-match goal drought, and Kei Kamara scored his team-leading fifth goal and added an assist to help Sporting Kansas City beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Sunday.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Welcome to the Hendrick family, Kasey Kahne.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gregg Popovich wanted some "nasty." The San Antonio Spurs obliged, and they've now tied NBA history.
MILAN (AP) - Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win one of cycling's three major tour races, capturing the Giro d'Italia on Sunday by overtaking Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez in the final stage.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night.
PHOENIX (AP) - The San Francisco Giants lost their third consecutive game when Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-2 victory Monday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - After an offseason overhaul that brought on board veteran players with playoff pedigrees, the Oakland Raiders were optimistic for a turnaround after back-to-back four-win seasons.
WINDEMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach, or even swing a golf club.
MADRID (AP) - It feels like so long ago, though it's been only a decade.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh insisted Monday that public pressure will not sway his decision to play Ray McDonald during an investigation into the defensive lineman's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.
ALAMEDA (AP) - A person familiar with the deal says the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement to sign free agent receiver Vincent Brown.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson's 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Down big, Jay Cutler kept his poise on the road while Colin Kaepernick struggled in prime time.
SEATTLE (AP) - Jon Lester could not find his command. There was no one pitch he could lean on or one side of the plate he could hit with any consistency.
OAKLAND (AP) - J.J. Watt has spent his NFL career disrupting offenses, batting down passes and piling up sacks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly entered the eighth inning planning to take out Clayton Kershaw after the first batter. The left-hander retired Joe Panik on one pitch, and as Mattingly walked to the mound, he noticed Kershaw shaking his head and waving him back to the dugout.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle and DeSean Jackson sprained his left shoulder in the first quarter, then Kirk Cousins stepped in. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday in Washington's 41-10 romp past Jacksonville.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) - John Isner and Sam Querrey won their singles matches Sunday as the U.S. completed a 5-0 sweep of Slovakia in the Davis Cup World Group playoff.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chris Wondolowski's goal in the 66th minute drew the San Jose Earthquakes even with the Los Angeles Galaxy for a 1-1 tie in the final California Clasico of the season on Sunday.