WASHINGTON (AP) – All it took was two at-bats on his first opening day in the majors for Bryce Harper to hit two homers - and hear some "M-V-P!" chants.
• Oakland's top prospect in Stockton: STOCKTON – The Oakland Athletics announced its Opening Day roster for the Single-A Stockton Ports. The team includes several returning players from last season along with talented up-and-comers, including the Athletics Top Prospect infielder Addison Russell.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The status of San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for opening day is still a big question after he left Friday night's 3-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics with more discomfort in his irritated elbow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At age 26, Buster Posey can envision one day retiring with the San Francisco Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Oakland Athletics designated infielder Daric Barton and left-hander Travis Blackley for assignment on Friday.
Sierra's Allie Walljasper was lights out from the circle during Thursday's Valley Oak League ballgame against visiting Weston Ranch.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Back on the mound in his home ballpark, Tim Lincecum was still far from his old form.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Antii Niemi made 27 saves for his second shutout in two nights and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game in regulation, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Thursday.
PHOENIX (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins put his full array of skills on display Thursday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The brains behind two of the last three World Series titles plan to stick together for at least another four seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) - Boxer Robert Guerrero, a former featherweight champion, was arrested Thursday at New York's Kennedy Airport after police said he tried to take a gun on a plane.
Take heart, Heat. Look out, NBA.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined - a lot more.
OAKLAND (AP) - If the Golden State Warriors can hold on and make the playoffs, they'll be thankful the Sacramento Kings are not standing in their way.
SAN JOSE (AP) - With time running out on their season, the San Jose Sharks wanted to get off to a fast start to a crucial homestand that could determine whether they make it back to the playoffs.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Brittney Griner was a little surprised.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers will start this postseason just like last year's: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh has no time for Deion Sanders, Trent Dilfer or others who question whether the fourth-year coach has lost his locker room or the faith of his players.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee learned to block out trade talk during his days with the New York Knicks when just about everybody on the roster was rumored to be on the move at some point.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts.
NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to baseball's MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do.
• AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros : HOUSTON (AP) - A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success.