Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings and staved off elimination in the National League Division Series with a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
It sure sounded like Goodyear thought it was off the hook on Sunday after a tire problem caused Dale Earnhardt Jr. to hit the wall while leading at Kansas Speedway. Then Brad Keselowski suffered a similar fate, and Kasey Kahne also thought an issue with his tires sent him into the wall.
The sloppy special teams play overshadowed a solid late-game rally by the Rams. Quarterback Austin Davis led a second-half comeback with 21 answered points.
The 21-year-old first-round pick Brandon Finnegan could be a poster child for rousing rookies taking the baseball playoffs by storm this year.
Back in the playoffs for the first time since 1985, the wild-card Royals will face the Orioles in the AL Championship Series beginning Friday night in Baltimore.
The Rams trailed 34-7 late in the third quarter, but quarterback Austin Davis brought them back with three straight scores.
The 49ers held off former franchise quarterback Alex Smith and the Chiefs (2-3) twice in the closing moments. Smith threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns, but Perrish Cox intercepted his overthrown pass to end any chance Kansas City had to rally.
Matt Kemp hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night and evening their NL Division Series at a game apiece.
After a wild win over Oakland in its first playoff game in nearly three decades, the Kansas City Royals are just one game away from sweeping the power-hitting Los Angeles Angels. They're doing it with an old-school approach that values speed and fundamentals over power.
In its first postseason appearance since 1985, Kansas City's playoff roll just can't be slowed by the majors' best regular-season team. Hosmer had three hits and scored two runs as the Royals moved to the brink of the AL Championship Series.
The Giants and Nationals played 18 innings before San Francisco finally secured a 2-0 victory that puts it ahead 2-0 in the series.
After his tumultuous tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith is unsure of how old fans will react when he returns to play against his old team with the Kansas City Chiefs.
After leaving the Philadelphia Eagles, Jeff Fisher had stints with the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco before he was head coach for the Houston Oilers. He is now looking for his first winning season with the St. Louis Rams.
The third baseman homered leading off the inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener.
Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery National League Division Series opener Friday.
Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, San Francisco's bullpen barely held onto a lead, and the wild-card Giants won their ninth consecutive postseason game by beating Stephen Strasburg's Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday in a National League Division Series opener.
Delmon Young drove in three runs with a pinch-hit double, and the Baltimore Orioles used a four-run eighth to pull out a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series.
The last time the Dodgers faced the Cardinals in the playoffs, Clayton Kershaw had a terrible outing and the Dodgers were bounced out of the postseason. A year later and a round earlier, Kershaw has a chance to erase the memories of that 9-0 loss in Game 6 when he starts Friday's NL Division Series opener against Adam Wainwright.
A franchise still looking for that breakthrough element is counting on more offense making the difference. Dynamic forward Paul Stastny is the key upgrade with the season coming up fast.
At long last, the Chiefs appear to have finally found their bruising back in the form of Knile Davis, someone who can take the pressure of their All-Pro in a meaningful way.