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.
CHICAGO (AP) - Marco Estrada pitched seven effective innings and doubled home a run Monday, helping the Milwaukee Brewers stop a five-game slide with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the season at Wrigley Field.
OAKLAND (AP) - At the end of the Golden State Warriors' practice Monday, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson lined up at opposite baskets and engaged in a shooting contest.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A near-perfect homestand catapulted the San Jose Sharks from a fierce fight just to make it into the NHL playoffs to a battle for home-ice advantage in the opening round.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Carpenter has no explanation for the sudden turn of events, other than a little bit of luck and a lot of aggression.
HOUSTON (AP) - The losses and the strikeouts keep piling up for the Houston Astros.
TORONTO (AP) - Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs, two off NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, and the Boston Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 13-0 Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902 when Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him Sunday in a 14-3 romp over San Francisco.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Stan Musial tributes factor heavily into the St. Louis Cardinals' opening home stand. That means several opportunities to draw on that inspiration.
HOUSTON (AP) - Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick has been injured after colliding into a wall trying to chase down a foul ball against the Astros.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Johnny Manziel may have had a different nickname if football hadn't worked out for him.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - No matter the changes to the car, the tires, or the weather, Martinsville Speedway is Jimmie Johnson's kind of place.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Andretti Autosport remained perfect on the year Sunday when defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay snapped Penske Racing's winning streak at Barber Motorsports Park.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Despite dealing away many of their star players before this week's NHL trade deadline, the Dallas Stars are delivering a clear message to the rest of the Western Conference that they aren't packing it in just yet.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 99-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night in their preseason opener, as the NBA returned to Vancouver for a day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Never much of a postseason performer, Jake Peavy sure outpitched Stephen Strasburg in the former No. 1 pick's playoff debut.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith was booed so many times on his home field at Candlestick Park, he has no idea how he might be received by the old fans when he runs out with the Chiefs to face the 49ers on Sunday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco's once-dominant defense is beginning to rediscover the swagger that has defined this unit in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both missed the postseason last year. That's pretty much where the similarities end heading into Friday's NL Division Series opener.
SAN JOSE (AP) - As much as the San Jose Sharks may try to put last season's playoff collapse behind them, there will be constant reminders all season long.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The way Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles are hitting this season, it may not matter much who pitches for the other guys.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' Rod Streater will miss at least the next eight weeks after being placed on the injured reserve list with a designation to return.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, Clayton Kershaw had a terrible outing and the Dodgers were bounced out of the postseason.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers kept scoring on a rainy Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Maya Moore and her U.S. teammates know what's at stake now. A loss and their world championship run would be over.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg grew up in San Diego, admiring then-Padres star Jake Peavy. They've become friends, working out together in the offseason, chatting, trading texts.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.