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.
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.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Athletics have hired former Oakland and San Francisco first baseman and outfielder Mike Aldrete as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.
CLEVELAND (AP) - One of these games, the Raiders will put it all together.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats.