BOSTON (AP) - The way Mike Aviles hit as Jacoby Ellsbury's replacement in the lineup, the Red Sox didn't have to worry about the leadoff spot.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - As athletic director Jeff Long walked out of the room after telling Arkansas' players that Bobby Petrino had been fired Thursday evening, a void in leadership had already formed.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Michael Brantley had one hit in 17 at-bats during Cleveland's season-opening homestand. One measly hit.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 2
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt once before and the Saints have decided to do it again.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas finally get to play a home opener for the Kansas City Royals.
HAYS (AP) - Officials at Fort Hays State University have issued their first statement on the weekend arrests of five basketball players following a weekend fight.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and his mistress exchanged more than 4,300 text messages and nearly 300 phone calls over the past seven months - on game days, before dawn and even as the police report that hastened his downfall was being released to the public, according to a review of his business cellphone records by The Associated Press.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Nothing new for Jonny Gomes getting hit by a pitch to win a game in extra innings. Strangely, it happened to him just last season when he was plunked by Brad Lidge to hand the Washington Nationals a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
NATIONALS 4, METS 0
DENVER (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was helped off the floor by medical personnel after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from JaVale McGee when the Nuggets center went up for a shot on Wednesday night.
WACO, Texas (AP) - The NCAA put Baylor on three years of probation Wednesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the basketball teams.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Danny Duffy pitched six sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 in a rain-shortened game on Tuesday night.
MIAMI (AP) - A contrite Ozzie Guillen sat in the heart of Little Havana seeking forgiveness for what the Miami Marlins manager called the biggest mistake of his life - saying he admired Fidel Castro.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Alex Smith was walking off the practice field, a member of the Chiefs communications staff intercepted him, the two of them huddling just out of earshot of reporters.
MANHATTAN - Bill Snyder ripped the big-time nature of college athletics as Kansas State opened fall camp Wednesday, lamenting the way universities have "sold out" in search of the almighty dollar.