SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For most of his outing, Barry Zito had a large lead that would make most pitchers plenty comfortable.
BOSTON (AP) - Manny Machado's three-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning and gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jake Westbrook pitched a five-hiter and the St. Louis Cardinals backed him with four home runs Wednesday in routing the Cincinnati Reds 10-0.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 47 points and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled closer to a playoff berth with a 113-106 victory over the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Klay Thompson scored 30 points, Stephen Curry added 24 points and 10 assists and the Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff berth by routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89 on Tuesday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Coming off one of their worst games in the last two months, the Columbus Blue Jackets were angry and hungry.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 Tuesday night in the majors' final home opener.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One bad inning ended up ruining Tim Lincecum's start. Brandon Crawford and the rest of the San Francisco hitters made sure it wasn't a wasted night for the Giants.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is looking for better luck this season with his free-agent cornerback additions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has announced a new investor to help fill the role vacated by billionaire Ron Burkle in the city's bid to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
MIAMI (AP) - Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings Tuesday night, and the Atlanta Braves earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the punchless Miami Marlins 3-2.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Robinson Cano hit one of New York's five homers and drove in five runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven solid innings and the Yankees romped to a 14-1 win Tuesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who had starter Carlos Carrasco ejected from his first appearance since 2011.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire Ron Burkle will not be part of Sacramento's bid to keep the Kings after all.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey makes it a point to take batting practice ahead of Hunter Pence, so he doesn't have to try to keep up with all the home runs Pence hits.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Travis Hafner drove in four runs in his return to Cleveland and Robinson Cano homered twice as injury-riddled New York ruined the Indians' highly anticipated first home game under manager Terry Francona with an 11-6 win Monday.
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.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers got Frank Gore involved in the offense again, and it returned them to their winning ways.
LONDON (AP) - The Oakland defense still needs plenty more improvement, and both sides of the ball could do with fewer injuries.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At the end of a long and sporadic regular season for the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Pence held the microphone to his mouth and gave fans at AT&T Park a pep talk.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Oakland Athletics waited until the last day of the regular season to finally clinch their third consecutive playoff berth.