DETROIT (AP) - Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For four straight starts, Michael Wacha has been all but untouchable and appeared totally oblivious to the stakes.
CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs were interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their manager's job.
DALLAS (AP) - Cody Eakin tied it at 12:58 of the second period and rookie Alex Chiasson scored in the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over San Jose on Thursday night that ended the Sharks' perfect start to the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead the Sacramento Kings to their third straight preseason win, a 107-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping down as CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks are dominating the NFC West.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The pain Patrick Willis is feeling in his groin is not enough to keep him from starting in his home state when the San Francisco 49ers face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With an 0-6 record, Tom Coughlin is considering a lot of things to make the New York Giants better.
HOUSTON (AP) - Case Keenum, who hasn't played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still recovering from a hamstring injury, does not expect to play in Sunday's game against Dallas.
DETROIT (AP) - A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and Zack Greinke gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the clutch performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the NL championship series.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The 49ers are back to their old ball-hawking ways.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Thanks to the musings of his former owner, Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis this week has turned into something less than the warm-and-fuzzy homecoming it could have been.
MADRID (AP) - It feels like so long ago, though it's been only a decade.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh insisted Monday that public pressure will not sway his decision to play Ray McDonald during an investigation into the defensive lineman's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.
ALAMEDA (AP) - A person familiar with the deal says the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement to sign free agent receiver Vincent Brown.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson's 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Down big, Jay Cutler kept his poise on the road while Colin Kaepernick struggled in prime time.
SEATTLE (AP) - Jon Lester could not find his command. There was no one pitch he could lean on or one side of the plate he could hit with any consistency.
OAKLAND (AP) - J.J. Watt has spent his NFL career disrupting offenses, batting down passes and piling up sacks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly entered the eighth inning planning to take out Clayton Kershaw after the first batter. The left-hander retired Joe Panik on one pitch, and as Mattingly walked to the mound, he noticed Kershaw shaking his head and waving him back to the dugout.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle and DeSean Jackson sprained his left shoulder in the first quarter, then Kirk Cousins stepped in. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday in Washington's 41-10 romp past Jacksonville.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) - John Isner and Sam Querrey won their singles matches Sunday as the U.S. completed a 5-0 sweep of Slovakia in the Davis Cup World Group playoff.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chris Wondolowski's goal in the 66th minute drew the San Jose Earthquakes even with the Los Angeles Galaxy for a 1-1 tie in the final California Clasico of the season on Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) - Just three weeks ago, Billy Horschel had every reason to start looking ahead to next season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players.
SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 4-2 on Friday night to pull within a half-game of the Athletics for the top spot in the AL wild-card chase.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner struck out eight and took a share of the major league lead with 18 wins, and the San Francisco Giants moved within one game of NL West-leading Los Angeles by beating the Dodgers 9-0 on Friday night.