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.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden lost his starting job, but never any confidence.
NEW YORK (AP) - It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Already down two starters due to season-ending injuries, the Oakland Raiders could be without cornerback Tarell Brown for Sunday's game in Kansas City.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play to increase their lead to three strokes in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Amir Khan was counting on Floyd Mayweather Jr. adding him to his dance card about this time last year when he turned down a chance to fight Devon Alexander for a piece of the welterweight title.
PHOENIX (AP) - Junior Dos Santos is facing much more than a daunting challenge from Stipe Miocic when he returns to the octagon.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Alex Stalock made 18 saves against his hometown team to lead the San Jose Sharks to their seventh win in eight games, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Baseball's winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.
NEW YORK (AP) - The highest-ranking Hispanic woman in a management position at Major League Baseball headquarters said in a lawsuit on Thursday she has faced discrimination there for two decades.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot a 17-under 55 on Thursday in the first-round scramble to take a two-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders packed an equipment van, piled players into three buses and left their facilities in the rearview mirror on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bruce Arians was sick and tired of talk about the St. Louis Rams' consecutive shutouts.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio expects outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to return to the 49ers' starting lineup Sunday at Seattle after his benching last week for missing a team meeting.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is not worried about when he'll return to the football field - he said he's just happy to be alive.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden anticipates Colt McCoy will be sufficiently recovered from a neck injury in time to start Sunday against the New York Giants, adding that McCoy is "in the lead" above Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins despite coming off a subpar performance.