Tiger Woods is missing the Masters for the first time. His presence looms as large as some of the Georgia pines lining the fairways, though it will be forgotten when the opening shot is in the air Thursday, and a green jacket is awarded Sunday.
Jason Vargas took a shutout into the ninth inning, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run double, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 Monday night in a game that included two significant injuries.
Michael Wacha outdid Tony Cingrani in a rematch of young power pitchers, and the Cardinals got a three-run double from Yadier Molina in the first inning.
Every time the St. Louis Cardinals faced Francisco Liriano in 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander found a way to push the Cardinals around.
Pedro Alvarez mashed two home runs that traveled an estimated 831 feet Friday night, and the Pirates beat the Cardinals 12-2.
Salvador Perez came up with the winning hit right after Nori Aoki made the game-saving catch.
Alex Gordon drove in three runs, and Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 in their home opener Friday.
The Seattle Seahawks locked up head coach Pete Carroll through the 2016 season with a three-year extension announced Friday.
The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier's two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take two of three in their season-opening series.
Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow scored as St. Louis improved to 14-2-0 in their last 16 games against Buffalo.
The Kansas City Royals' game against the Detroit Tigers was postponed because of rain Thursday. The game will be made up June 19, when the Royals are back in Detroit.
Welcome to the Tiger Woods-less 2014, a year full of those hoping to contend on the PGA Tour rather than one player who expects to win each and every week.
Baseball's new instant replay system was popular at Comerica Park on Wednesday when two calls at first base were overturned in Detroit's favor. The second reversal ended a Kansas City rally in the 10th, and the Tigers eventually won 2-1 on Ian Kinsler's single in the bottom of the inning.
On Wednesday, Jackson closed the deal, signing a three-year, $24 million contract that includes $16 million guaranteed. The terms were disclosed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Washington team did not announce the financial details.
Clowney thinks he elevated his already elite status during the 40 minutes or so of running through cones, jumping over hurdles and catching tennis balls in workouts he passed on at the NFL combine in February.
Tiger Woods, who hasn't won a major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open, won't compete at the upcoming Masters for the first time in his career, opting to begin rehab for his latest surgery.
Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius could go to prison for 25 years to life if he is convicted of premeditated murder for the death of Reeva Steenkamp.
Ryan Miller earned his 29th career shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Fliers on Tuesday night.
Yadier Molina broke a seventh-inning time with a home run and made a pair of slick defensive plays on Monday, leading the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Reds.
Kansas City's star reliever was called on in the ninth inning with the potential winning run already at third, and Detroit's Alex Gonzalez greeted him with a single to left that gave the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Royals on opening day Monday.