Giants' Sergio Romo inspired a teen girl to keep fighting

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - Sergio Romo, the Giants' eccentric relief pitcher, got roped into catching the ceremonial first pitch before a home game in 2010. The team won that night, and the next, and Romo soon embraced the ritual as his own.

Paul Sullivan: Cubs need to restore rivalry with Cardinals, not respect them

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

In Year 122 of a longstanding rivalry, it has finally come to this:

Royals' comeback ends A's season, 9-8, in 12 innings

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-The Oakland A's couldn't seal the deal in the American League wild-card game Tuesday night as the Royals came back twice, Kansas City finally winning a 12-inning game 9-8 on a walk off single by Salvador Perez.

Royals plug away, catch and overcome A's, 9-8, in 12 innings

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-They knew. They all knew, even before it was official. They had waited long enough. They would start their celebration early.

A's let one get away in 9-8 extra-inning loss to Royals

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Salvador Perez's two-out, run-scoring hit down the left-field line in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Kansas City Royals a 9-8 win over the A's on Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.

Playoff managers hit, miss on contesting calls

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

For Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly and every other manager in these playoffs, it promises to be a most challenging postseason.

Royals return to playoffs in dramatic fashion

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball's backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys.

A's lose 9-8 in 12-inning AL wild-card thriller

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

The Oakland Athletics stumbled their way through a late-season swoon, the club that once boasted baseball's best record scratching its way into the final playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.

Recap: Kansas City vs. Oakland

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Fans of the Kansas City Royals, starved from postseason baseball for 29 years, were deservedly rewarded with an epic comeback in a wildly entertaining AL wild card showdown on Tuesday.

For the Angels, it's a feel good story for two players

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif.-Right-hander Matt Shoemaker said he had "no doubt" he'll pitch in the American League division series after throwing another bullpen session Tuesday, and left fielder Josh Hamilton cleared what appeared to be a final hurdle in his return from rib-cage and chest injuries by facing live pitching.