SAN JOSE (AP) - Tomas Hertl found a reason to keep on smiling.
OAKLAND (AP) - For much of the season, Stephen Vogt caught Sonny Gray with Triple-A Sacramento. Neither could have pictured pairing up on such a sensational playoff moment for the Athletics when they were 90 miles away in California's capital.
OAKLAND (AP) - Max Scherzer overpowered Oakland with his dominant fastball, then baffled the Athletics with his off-speed stuff.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals.
BOSTON (AP) - One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first.
ATLANTA (AP) - Flashing plenty of fire and some nifty defense, the Atlanta Braves recaptured their Turner Field swagger.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Embattled Texans quarterback Matt Schaub might be better off hitting the road and getting out of Houston for the weekend.
OAKLAND (AP) - Terrelle Pryor promises the San Diego Chargers will see a completely different quarterback than the one who made his first NFL start in last year's season finale.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Donaldson mimics Miguel Cabrera whenever he can, and he has no problem copping to it.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
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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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a viral infection that will keep him sidelined through the weekend.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has been cleared to play this week against San Francisco after missing the previous game with a concussion.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Eric Reid got a quick lesson on the Black Hole, a new term for the second-year San Francisco safety.
ATLANTA (AP) - Moving to fill an outfield void after the trade of Jason Heyward, the Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday to a four-year contract with free agent Nick Markakis.
WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods didn't even have a club in his hand when he passed an important test Wednesday at Isleworth.