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.
SEATTLE (AP) - When they walked off the field in Atlanta last January after blowing their chance to play for the NFC championship in the final seconds, there were varying emotions brewing in the Seattle Seahawks' locker room.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It doesn't surprise safety Mike Mitchell that the Carolina Panthers are only the third home underdog in the NFL divisional playoffs in the past 20 years.
BOSTON (AP) - Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend's wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL's head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.
DENVER (AP) - Philip Rivers likes to say the San Diego Chargers have been in playoff mode since last month, scrapping just to squeak into the postseason party.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have re-signed offensive line coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings beat the undersized Orlando Magic 103-83 Friday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.