The win was Wacha's second in a week over the Reds and their ace, Johnny Cueto. In eight career outings against Cincinnati, Wacha owns a 2.01 ERA and 3-1 record. He handled the Reds in this game even though his best pitch, his changeup, was not particularly sharp.
The victory nearly came at a big loss for the Royals when shortstop Alcides Escobar was run over by the Athletics' Brett Lawrie covering second base. The Royals took umbrage with Lawrie's late slide, and both benches quickly emptied before order was restored.
Quenneville said Thursday that Crawford will start Game 2 against the Nashville Predators on Friday night despite giving up three goals on 12 shots and getting yanked in Wednesday night's opener.
Kansas City's Jason Vargas was roughed up, the bullpen was tagged for its first three runs of the season and the typically sparkling defense was sloppy in an 8-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday.
St. Louis starter John Lackey had little trouble with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. He threw seven scoreless innings and benefited from two Matt Carpenter doubles in helping the Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over the Brewers.
Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen scored in the third period for the Central Division champion Blues, but too little and too late. Game 2 is on Saturday.
The last time the Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy was also the last time they won the Stanley Cup, 1993-94, with a star-laden lineup. This group doesn't have a Mark Messier or Brian Leetch, but it is deep and resourceful.
Peterson's agent has said the star running back wants to play elsewhere next season. But the Vikings say they have no plans to trade him.
Lynn (1-1) allowed one run and six hits. He pushed his April record to 13-2 since 2012, the best record in the majors over that period.
The 24-year-old Allen was 5-1-1 with 1.32 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in his last eight games. The deciding factor likely was his stout play in a pair of 2-1 victories over the rival Blackhawks.
Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris scored early in the second half in his first start for the U.S. national team, and Juan Agudelo added his first international goal in four years.
The Royals were chasing the 2003 team's 9-0 start as the best in franchise history, but Minnesota's Kyle Gibson used 12 groundball outs and three strikeouts to keep the highest-scoring team in the majors quiet for a night.
Rios was hit by a pitch Monday in the eighth inning of their game at Minnesota. X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal, which is the bone on the pinky finger. The team said no timetable for his return has been set, declaring him out indefinitely, but the injury typically takes one month or so to heal.
Behind Tarasenko (74 points) and Steen (64), there's pesky Jaden Schwartz, captain David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Paul Stastny for the Wild to worry about. Schwartz had 63 points and set a career best with 35 assists, Backes had 58 points and a team-leading 10 power play goals and Oshie is an all-around threat.
The Blackhawks lost their final four games to end the regular season, while Nashville went 0-4-2 after clinching its first playoff berth in three years.
Dubnyk played in 39 of the 40 games that remained in the regular season, breaking just last week after the Wild clinched the wild-card spot.
They had the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference the day of the deal, and they climbed all the way to sixth to become the unenviable opening-round opponent for the Central Division champion Blues.
Jordan Spieth started his first year as a pro with no status on any tour and ended it playing alongside Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the Presidents Cup. The first time he played with Mickelson, he closed birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle for a 62. Playing with Woods for the first time in a practice round at the Presidents Cup, he made a hole-in-one. In his Masters debut, he played in the final group at age 20.
A late-season slide has Detroit looking like an underdog, and in a city accustomed to excellence on the ice, Detroit's lack of playoff success in recent years is noteworthy.
A glance at each of the NHL East playoff series.
Batters stayed stuck in the deep freeze in the sport's offensive ice age during the first week of the new major league season, with scoring remaining near its lowest level in more than two decades.