The wild card game Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics marks the return of postseason baseball to Kansas City for the first time since 1985, when the Royals won the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals.
There are plenty of intriguing World Series possibilities this year, and a lot to enjoy way before we get there now that the playoff brackets are set.
The autopsy was performed last December at the request of lawyers for Zoey Belcher, the daughter of Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. The results, sent in February to the attorneys and released to the media Monday, showed signs of CTE, which was also found in former NFL players Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide.
The two aces who were brought over in trades to pitch in big games will face each other in Tuesday's one-game wild-card playoff with the season on the line.
Yadier Molina returned in late August from a torn ligament in his right thumb, and the All-Star catcher has been a difference-maker for the St. Louis Cardinals as they try to reach the NL championship series for the fourth straight year.
The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters Monday at his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Kevin Ward Jr.'s death. The 20-year-old driver was struck and killed by Stewart's car during a sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9.
The main panelists are a mix of veteran broadcasters and former pro athletes. CBS is using five of its own announcers: Pro Football Hall of Fame honoree Lesley Visser; former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask; sideline reporters Tracy Wolfson and Allie LaForce; and radio host Dana Jacobson. They are joined by reporter Andrea Kremer of NFL Network and HBO Sports, boxer Laila Ali, basketball stars Lisa Leslie and Swin Cash, swimmers Dara Torres and Summer Sanders, and tennis player Katrina Adams.
Paul Konerko started at first and played five innings on the final day of his 16-year run with the White Sox.
Both teams seemed to go through the motions, the only run coming on Kolten Wong's groundout in the sixth inning off Josh Collmenter.
The Royals squandered a chance to move into a tie for the division lead, losing to Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox, 5-4 on Saturday night.
The Cardinals will send their 20-game winner to the mound Sunday looking to clinch the NL Central title on the last day of the regular season. They had a chance to wrap it up Saturday night, but Mark Trumbo homered twice to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 victory.
Matt Adams led off the Cardinals 10th with a double to deep right, where outfielder David Peralta appeared to misjudge the ball. Peralta followed with a sharp single to center to score what proved to be the winning run.
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles is expected to return to the field after missing last week's win in Miami with a high ankle sprain. And that means Reid will have to figure out how to distribute touches against New England around a very crowded offensive backfield.
Whether it's Shaun Hill or Austin Davis barking signals next week at Philadelphia, the St. Louis Rams have bigger issues to address on their bye week. Tops on the list is shoring up an underwhelming defense that's been burned for big plays and made very few itself, with one sack, one fumble recovery and two interceptions.
The Kansas City Royals clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 29 years, and their greatest player sees no reason why they can't make a long postseason run.
Kansas City secured at least a wild card and ended the longest active postseason drought among the major North American sports leagues. Not since George Brett led the Royals to a World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 had they reached the playoffs.
Kim English's first step to getting back in the NBA begins in Chicago after getting interest from several other teams.
Joe McKnight is the latest to make the list, rupturing an Achilles tendon in practice on Thursday. He's already the third Chiefs player to sustain a season-ending injury to an Achilles tendon, joining Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive tackle Mike DeVito.
Serenaded with adoring chants that echoed through the Bronx night, Derek Jeter tipped his cap several times at shortstop and drove in three runs. He launched an early double off the left-center wall and saved the best for last, a sharp, opposite-field single to right that knocked in the winning run.
Eric Hosmer homered and drove in two runs, Lorenzo Cain had four hits and scored twice and the Kansas City Royals put themselves on the verge of a playoff spot with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.