Jonas Blixt played all kinds of courses in golf's minor leagues before graduating to the PGA tour and quickly grabbing two wins. Even he wasn't quite prepared for what Augusta National offered in his Masters debut.
The Chicago Cubs were sailing along with a four-run lead behind Travis Wood. That changed once he turned it over to the bullpen.
Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory Thursday.
Alex Gordon made Kansas City's first home run of the season, aiding the Royals in a 7-3 victory against the Rays.
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton's had his best game of the season by far against the Cardinals on Wednesday. The rookie had three hits and his first two steals — against six-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina — plus a daring dash home on one of the shortest sacrifice flies you'll see in the Reds' 4-0 win.
This year's Masters is so hard to figure out. Tiger Woods won't be playing, but many Masters rookies will. And no one is dominating golf at the moment. The field is wide open.
The hot dog eating contest starts at noon, with the Cardinals hosting the Atlanta Braves at 1:15 p.m. The top male and female contenders will advance to the New York contest.
The memories at the Masters aren't just about golf for Arnold Palmer.
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.