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.
Eddie Lacy ran for a season-high 105 yards and two touchdowns. Jordy Nelson hauled in a 66-yard touchdown catch, and the Packers held Minnesota scoreless for three quarters.
"Consistency in penalty enforcement is extremely important to the players, coaches and fans," said Jim Quirk, the executive director of the NFL Referees' Association. "Uncertainty as to what the league wants called is not a road you want to go down."
Seattle Seahawks quarterback spoke out Thursday about domestic violence and candidly about being a bully as a child in a column for Derek Jeter's new website.
Cruz and J.J. Hardy homered, and the Orioles hammered out 12 hits in defeating Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Thursday in the opener of their AL Division Series.
Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, allowing Christian Colon to score from second base and giving the long-suffering Royals a 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in a wild American League wild-card game Tuesday night.
Manager Mike Matheny said he'll go with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller the first four games against the Dodgers. The best-of-five series starts Friday in Los Angeles.
Ryan Harris remains the starter on the right side, and coach Andy Reid said Stephenson will have to work his way back into the starting lineup.
Coach Jeff Fisher announced Wednesday that Davis will be behind center for the rest of the season. Previously, Fisher insisted that Shaun Hill would return as starter as soon as he was completely healed from the quad injury.