The Associated Press The Los Angeles Dodgers were floundering before outfielder Yasiel Puig arrived. Jose Iglesias helped the Detroit Tigers move forward when their starting shortstop was suspended. The Atlanta Braves? They owe part of their success to Evan Gattis and Julio Teheran, two players in their first full seasons in the major leagues. There are now eight teams remaining in baseball's postseason, and almost all of them have at least one key rookie who ...
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Clint Hurdle waited patiently for the double-play ball that never materialized.
ATLANTA (AP) - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the playoffs looking intent on ending that quarter-century drought since their last World Series championship.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski walked slowly through the Raiders locker room, a thick black brace around his right knee. He paused at his stall briefly, donned a black hoodie then moved back out the way he came.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers hoodie, soft-spoken running back Frank Gore walked around team headquarters with a familiar smile and strut Thursday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden lost his starting job, but never any confidence. He promised that if he ever got the chance to start for the Browns again he would make the most of it. And on Thursday night, in front of a home crowd that booed some of his early throws and a national TV audience, Weeden came to Cleveland's rescue. Weeden replaced injured starter Brian Hoyer and rallied the Browns to a 37-24 ...
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Meet Mr. Hitner. Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner has filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the 'W' - after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so. "My last name was Whitner, now it's Hitner," Whitner said Wednesday. "Yeah, it's legal, I'm taking the 'W' off. I asked my ...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Ken Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame's broadcasting award.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brett Anderson could hardly be happier about returning to the postseason, even if it's in a much different role than he's accustomed to with the Oakland Athletics.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston. Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game. Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's playoffs no longer are an exclusive club of high rollers.
OAKLAND (AP) - Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson's chin these days.
OAKLAND,(AP) - Bartolo Colon never expected to be pitching at age 40, not in the playoffs, and especially not as the Game 1 starter.
SANTA CLARA, (AP) - Donte Whitner may start his own clothing line if he continues to get flagged for unnecessary roughness.
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics.
Dario Franchitti kept racing after the death of best friend Greg Moore. He continued on following the death of former teammate Dan Wheldon. He was eager to drive into his early 40s.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Colin Kaepernick has his own critique for former quarterback Trent Dilfer after the analyst questioned the ability of San Francisco's QB to adjust in the passing game: Unless you're with the 49ers day-to-day, watch what you say.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Terrelle Pryor has learned his lesson about not telling his Oakland Raiders coaches how much his sprained right knee bothered him last week leading up to his poor performance at quarterback in a loss to the New York Giants.
The Colts and Titans would very much like to forget last weekend's debacles. They'll get a chance right away.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Last month, Richie Incognito said severe repercussions would be warranted if the Miami Dolphins kept allowing sacks at such an alarming rate.
BANGKOK (AP) - Manny Pacquiao's trainer says the Filipino boxer will contemplate retirement if he fails to perform well against Brandon Rios this month.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fed up and frustrated at the lack of effort and energy, Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone shook up his lineup hoping to find some kind of spark.
NEW YORK (AP) - Clayton Kershaw has two Cy Young Awards by age 25 and one runner-up finish. He just posted baseball's lowest ERA in 13 years and became the third pitcher since 1900 to lead the majors in that category for three consecutive seasons.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Scott Boras had some words for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, and they were far from kind. And he also backed the Tampa Bay Rays' desire for a new ballpark.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Infielder Nick Punto agreed Wednesday to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics following a little more than a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Oribe Peralta scored twice and Mexico beat New Zealand 5-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff to close in on a spot in the World Cup next year.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Zach Parise and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry couldn't remember the last time he sat out an entire fourth quarter for any reason other than an injury.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.