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.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two years later, the sting is still fresh for Mike Matheny.
BALTIMORE (AP) - These Kansas City Royals, and Alex Gordon in particular, are way more than just speed and singles.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Hours before his final game for the red, white and blue, Landon Donovan made no effort to hide his anger at Jurgen Klinsmann.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says rumors that Adam Wainwright is hurt are overblown.
HOUSTON (AP) - Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had a great first quarter and did just enough the rest of the way to hold off the Houston Texans 33-28 on Thursday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Speed versus Power.
NAPA (AP) - The new PGA Tour season felt like an old one to a trio of Ryder Cup players Thursday at the Frys.com Open.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Thursday that he has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for the pink "Beats by Dre" brand name headphones he wore around his neck after Sunday's game.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Landon Donovan set U.S. national team and Major League Soccer records for goals and assists, scored in a signature stoppage-time moment that lifted America to a first-place finish in a World Cup group for the first time in 80 years and won five MLS titles - with a sixth still possible.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - As Bruce Miller swung away and trash-talked linebacker Dan Skuta from across the locker room pingpong table, Jim Harbaugh emerged to officiate.
ALAMEDA (AP) - As a coaching disciple of Bill Parcells, Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano has long believed that a powerful offense starts with a strong running game.
HOUSTON (AP) - Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson should be arrested anew after admitting during his court appearance on a child abuse charge that he had "smoked a little weed" while out on bond, Texas prosecutors said Thursday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders placed starting middle linebacker Nick Roach on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a concussion in the preseason.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even in his late 30s and a year removed from a devastating ankle injury that cut short his 2013 season in Atlanta, Tim Hudson pictured himself pitching at a high level again.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, facing surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip that caused him to miss most of the last three months of the season, has retired at 34, ending a 14-year career that included two World Series championships.