ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Brandon Belt got the previous three games off in Philadelphia for a mental break and work on his swing, and the first results were outstanding.
OAKLAND (AP) - Nelson Cruz shook off talk of a pending suspension to hit a tying two-run homer, Jurickson Profar added another two-run shot and the surging Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
NAPA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension Friday, ensuring the franchise's leading scorer will remain with the team through at least 2017.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins to one-year deals Friday after both veteran free agents worked out for the team earlier in the day.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Struggling San Francisco Giants left-hander Barry Zito will not make his next scheduled start Sunday at Tampa Bay.
OAKLAND (AP) - Adam Rosales felt a little weird walking into the visitor's clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum for the first time Friday. He felt even stranger seeing a new No. 9 Texas Rangers jersey with his name hanging in a locker.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez was back with the Trenton Thunder on Friday and hit what might be his last home run in a while.
BOSTON (AP) - Businessman John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, has entered into an agreement to buy The Boston Globe.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will miss the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Corliss Williamson is returning to the NBA, this time as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods had a shot at making history with a magical 59.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sergio Romo threw his hands out, looked to the sky and screamed in jubilation after working out of the toughest of jams.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Injuries are suddenly piling up fast for the San Francisco 49ers in training camp.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Giants star Pablo Sandoval dug into the batter's box in Game 5 of the World Series, peering out at Royals ace James Shields standing on the mound.
OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber wrote to team employees to say that he regrets if anybody was offended by his unintentional use of "hoodish" in an email.
OAKLAND (AP) - Power forward David Lee is expected to sit out Golden State's season opener at Sacramento on Wednesday night with a strained left hamstring.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plot of land in the downtown area is being cleared for a new arena, a sign of how far the Sacramento Kings have come since a pending sale threatened to relocate the franchise to Seattle only 17 months ago.
LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The message from Joe Torre shown on the video board at AT&T Park was clear and direct: "When in doubt, sit it out."
OAKLAND (AP) - Any time a team fires a coach after a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances the message from ownership is clear: good is not good enough.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Running back Marcus Lattimore is ready to return to the practice field at last, ready to forget the devastating knee injuries, surgeries and countless hours of rehab.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Every week there's a new problem and the same result for the Oakland Raiders.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy did it again. The small-town West Texas kid calmly led a winning drive at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a "W'' underneath a crown.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jake Peavy's son is eager for dad to bring home the World Series championship, and a cable car.
Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was leveled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras.