Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart both believed a victory was taken from them at Saturday's Sprint Cup race.
Matt Greene scored his first career playoff goal short-handed late in the second period and rookie Slava Voynov also got his first of the playoffs as the Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in the opener of a Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.
The Chiefs chose Devon Wylie, a shifty, undersized wide receiver out of Fresno State with their fourth-round pick Saturday, adding a potential target over the middle for quarterback Matt Cassel.
Yadier Molina went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 7-3 win over Milwaukee. Molina has 10 four-hit games in his career, the last coming on May 22, 2011, against Kansas City.
Albert Pujols has been struggling just to get hits, much less home runs with the Angels and is hitting just .226, well below his career average of .328 with the Cardinals.
St. Louis' late draft picks include a kicker out of Missouri Western and a running back out of Abilene Christian.
St. Louis set a season high both for runs in an inning and in a game, and won for the eighth time in its last 12.
Alex Gordon and Billy Butler each hit two-run homers in the Kansas City Royals' 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. It was the Royals' third straight win.
Kansas City broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with consecutive two-out hits by Jeff Francoeur, Mike Moustakas and Brayan Pena, and the Royals won 4-2 over the Indians on Thursday in Cleveland.
The Chiefs used the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft to take a mammoth run stuffer whose raw ability and impressive numbers from the scouting combine trumped his modest on-field production in college.
The St. Louis Rams expect to address their most pressing need, wide receiver, on Day 2 of this year's NFL Draft.
David Freese hit a home run and Lance Lynn threw eight strong innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon.
Kansas City hit four home runs in a 8-2 victory Wednesday night over host Cleveland.
The Blues and Los Angeles Kings were the two lowest-scoring Western Conference teams to make the playoffs. The Blues (165) and Kings (179) also allowed the fewest goals in the league during the regular season.
The loss ends St. Louis' run of 13 consecutive series wins, which includes both this season and last.
The Royals have been outscored 73-44 during the streak — the team's third-longest losing streak in its history.
The Rams have three of the top 39 picks in the draft after a blockbuster deal with the Redskins during this offseason.
The Kansas City Chiefs' veteran quarterback knew his team's front office was actively involved in the Manning sweepstakes this offseason. But he understood, and refused to mope about the prospect of losing his job.
Goals would seem to be at a premium for the teams after their opening round wins, and the Blues are confident they've got two goalies who are just as stingy as Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick, who was ruled out Monday because of an injury.
The Blues are in the playoffs for just the second time in seven seasons. St. Louis will face Los Angeles in the second round.