DETROIT (AP) - Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For four straight starts, Michael Wacha has been all but untouchable and appeared totally oblivious to the stakes.
CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job.
DALLAS (AP) - Cody Eakin tied it at 12:58 of the second period and rookie Alex Chiasson scored in the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over San Jose on Thursday night that ended the Sharks' perfect start to the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead the Sacramento Kings to their third straight preseason win, a 107-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping down as CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks are dominating the NFC West.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The pain Patrick Willis is feeling in his groin is not enough to keep him from starting in his home state when the San Francisco 49ers face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With an 0-6 record, Tom Coughlin is considering a lot of things to make the New York Giants better.
HOUSTON (AP) - Case Keenum, who hasn't played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still recovering from a hamstring injury, does not expect to play in Sunday's game against Dallas.
DETROIT (AP) - A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and Zack Greinke gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the clutch performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the NL championship series.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The 49ers are back to their old ball-hawking ways.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Thanks to the musings of his former owner, Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis this week has turned into something less than the warm-and-fuzzy homecoming it could have been.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders sent Derek Carr home to rest after the rookie quarterback showed up Tuesday feeling ill.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jake Peavy had no problem being patient as the San Francisco Giants pursued re-signing Pablo Sandoval and went after Jon Lester.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith acknowledged Tuesday that he visited Ray McDonald's home for a short time the day the ex-49ers defensive lineman is accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Fifteen years of wasted or traded away first-round draft picks have laid the foundation for a dismal decade for the Oakland Raiders.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors too often let lesser competition keep games close - and allowed a few of them to slip away - on their home court last season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has kept quiet about the speculation surrounding his future for nearly a year.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The way the Anaheim Ducks win close games, they already like their chances for a long playoff run after last season's early exit.
Smiling or frowning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sergio Romo tested free agency, had some offers and ultimately decided he wanted to stay put in San Francisco pitching for the only team he has known.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders salvaged a little something from this season by winning their final three home games.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Broncos got the ball back at their 20-yard line with 4:04 left, the rain coming down heavy and Peyton Manning trying to get Denver in range with his 51st game-winning drive.
With five of the six playoff slots in both conferences decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.