Several baseball players moved from losing teams to contenders during the 2013 season.
It's been the middle-of-the-road acquisitions that have allowed the Chiefs to rise to the top of the AFC West, where they're tied with the Denver Broncos.
The team's win against the Jaguars came despite special teams miscues.
The Cardinals are on their last leg for game four of the series at 2 p.m. Monday.
The Chiefs are off to their best start since 2003 after a win in Tennessee on Sunday improved their record to 5-0.
Ten days after being blown out by the San Francisco 49ers, the St. Louis Rams bounced back for a 34-20 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. The win breaks a three-game losing streak.
The Columbus Crew (13-14-5) had a three-game winning streak stopped and are two points out of the final playoff spot in the East with two games left while Sporting Kansas City moved to within two points of Eastern Conference leader New York.
After taking advantage of several Cardinals mistakes Friday, the Pirates head home for Game 3 on Sunday.
The lawsuit between former Cardinals stars seeks unspecified damages that would be donated to charity.
Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning Thursday, and the Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Wainwright to open their NL division series with a 9-1 rout of the Pirates.
A few hours after defeating Cincinnati in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night, the Pirates touched down in St. Louis. They're about to face another familiar foe in an unfamiliar month when they take on the NL Central champion Cardinals in a best-of-five division series.
Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings, and the Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night in the American League wild-card game.
Smith is on pace to throw for 3,828 yards and 28 touchdowns; both would be career highs, and he has thrown only 22 interceptions since the 2010 season, the fewest of any quarterback with at least 1,000 pass attempts.
The Rams have been outscored 66-18 in the last two games, the second-worst two-game stretch in Jeff Fisher's 18-year career.
The Pittsburgh Pirates won their first playoff game in 21 years.
The 27-year-old Matt Carpenter came to spring training needing to learn a new position so he'd fit in the lineup. He enters the postseason as perhaps the best leadoff man in the game, a second baseman who'll never hurt you on defense and an MVP candidate.
The fall season has been kind to several Show-Me State teams on both the college and professional levels. This quick video breaks down the success of squads, including the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers football and volleyball teams.
The day Clint Hurdle took over as the Pittsburgh Pirates manager in December 2010, he spoke about electrifying the city. He preached optimism then went out and practiced it every day while talking about a vision that went far beyond returning a moribund franchise to respectability.
The St. Louis Cardinals are content to await the winner of a one-game series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s losing streak extends to 48 races after loss at the Monster Mile.