OAKLAND (AP) - The Sacramento River Cats' latest post on Facebook: "It's Manny Time." Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez is scheduled to begin a 10-game minor league stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., and the club is already preparing special ticket packages for his home games in Northern California. Barring rainouts, the dreadlocked designated hitter and outfielder is eligible to be activated by the Oakland Athletics from his 50-game suspension on May 30 ...
ANAHEIM (AP) - Tyson Ross allowed five hits in six strong innings to snap a three-start skid, Josh Reddick homered and Seth Smith hit a two-run double in the Oakland Athletics' 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Monday night to match their best winning streak of the season at three games.
OAKLAND (AP) - Closer by committee is taking on new meaning during this mix-and-match May.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The numbers for Josh Hamilton are just mind-boggling. After the Texas Rangers slugger had maybe the best week ever in baseball, there will be talk about the single-season home run record. Maybe even the Triple Crown, something as rare as his four-homer game. Hamilton led the majors with a .402 batting average, 18 home runs and 44 RBIs entering Monday's games. "He's a tremendous talent, nobody has ever doubted it," Rangers ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bryce Harper hit his first big league home run and Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady each connected in the eighth inning, leading the Washington Nationals to an 8-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester pitched his second complete game of the season and Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach each homered, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
BOSTON (AP) - Evan Turner made the go-ahead layup with 40.4 seconds left and Philadelphia held off Boston the rest of the way with six straight free throws as the 76ers evened the second-round Eastern Conference series with an 82-81 victory Monday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - There was never any doubt Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving would be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. The only suspense was when - and by how much.
NEW YORK (AP) - After 14 games and two nail-biting playoff series wins, the New York Rangers insist they have plenty left to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt Leinart has gone from being Carson Palmer's protege at Southern California to his teacher with the Oakland Raiders a decade later.
APTOS (AP) - Peter Sagan of Slovakia won his second straight stage with a powerful and unchallenged sprint and retained the overall lead Monday in stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Peter Sagan overcame a punctured back tire in the final five miles to chase down the field and capture the first stage of the Tour of California on Sunday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Timely hitting has been a rarity for the San Francisco Giants, until Sunday anyway.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics hardly resembled the same team that pounded the Detroit Tigers the two previous days.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) - Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forward Jozy Altidore has earned his first Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year award.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - The United States could wind up in a group with powers Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands after FIFA tinkered with its format for Friday's World Cup draw.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - At least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA requested.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Few things could damage the image of Brazil more than violent street protests during the World Cup.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The new ball for next year's World Cup - called the "Brazuca," in honor of Brazil, of course - was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Donte Whitner realizes how different the San Francisco 49ers are now from the team that got whipped at Seattle in Week 2.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
NEW YORK (AP) - As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk due to a childhood condition that relegated him to wearing braces on his legs.
NEW YORK (AP) - New England defender Kevin Alston has been voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after returning from treatment for leukemia, and Portland's Caleb Porter has been selected Coach of the Year.
SEATTLE (AP) - A couple thousand Seahawks fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker room still in full uniform.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Rod Streater and Andre Holmes are perfect examples of how things have changed with the Oakland Raiders in the post-Al Davis era.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Colin Kaepernick let his guard down just enough to razz Michael Crabtree about not scoring on a flashy 60-yard catch and run in his season debut.