Rays eliminate Tribe, take on Red Sox next
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tampa Bay is 2-for-2 in elimination playoff games. After beating Texas to get to the American League wild card matchup, the Rays got a great pitching performance from Alex Cobb last night and blanked Cleveland 4-0 to reach the AL division series against Boston.
Delmon Young got the Rays on the board early with a solo homer in the third. Desmond Jennings followed with a two-run double in the fourth.
Right-hander Cobb made those runs stand up. He scattered eight hits in his six and two-thirds innings. But the Indians failed to get the key hit with men on base. Three Rays relievers combined on the nine-hit shutout with Fernando Rodney closing out the Indians in a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Indians, who haven't won a World Series since 1948, were making their first postseason appearance since 2007. They had won 10 straight games at the end of the season to reach the wild card elimination game.
Sox name playoff rotation against Rays
BOSTON (AP) — Boston manager John Farrell says Jon Lester will get the start in the ALDS playoff opener Friday against Tampa Bay. John Lackey will start the second game in the best-of-five series, followed by Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts). Jake Peavy would start a fourth game if it is necessary.
The Red Sox will pay tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings when the AL division series opens at Fenway Park on Friday with a giant "B Strong" logo mowed into the grass in center field. The logo matches the patch the team has worn since the April 15 explosions that killed three and wounded hundreds more.
Washington coming back, 2 coaches won't
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — There will be a new coach sitting to the right of Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington during games next season, someone else for him to hug after each victory.
The Rangers said Wednesday that they will not renew the contracts of bench coach Jackie Moore, who has been in professional baseball 56 years and at Washington's side through two World Series, or first base coach Dave Anderson.
Washington is coming back as Rangers manager. He's 611-524 entering his eighth season at the Texas helm.
Army-BC, Air Force-Navy are on...Tide suspends star safety
UNDATED (AP) — The on-again, off-again college football games involving service academies this weekend are on again, despite the partial government shutdown.
A senior defense official says U.S. military academy football teams will be on the field. That's because the games are paid for with non-appropriated funds and have been long planned. Army is scheduled to travel to Boston College this weekend, and Air Force will play at Navy.
In other college football news:
— The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will be doing without one of its top defensive players for an indefinite period. Alabama coach Nick Saban has suspended star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely for undisclosed violations of team rules. Clinton-Dix is second on the team with 24 tackles and is a projected first-round NFL draft pick.
— South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says Connor Shaw will start at quarterback for the 13th-ranked Gamecocks against Kentucky on Saturday night. Shaw was knocked out of South Carolina's 28-25 victory at UCF in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines with his right arm in a sling and ice bags on his right shoulder.
Steelers and Cardinals deal
PITTSBURGH (AP) —The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired tackle Levi Brown from the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick.
Brown failed to live up to expectations in Arizona after the Cardinals selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft.
The winless Steelers (0-4) desperately need help along the offensive line. Center Maurkice Pouncey is out for the year with a right knee injury, and second-year left tackle Mike Adams has struggled.
Pittsburgh is off this week and travels to the New York Jets on Oct. 13
Unbeaten team hurting
UNDATED (AP) — Kansas City's Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles missed Wednesday's practice because of blisters on his feet. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he believes Charles will be ready to go against the Tennessee Sunday.
Top cornerback Brandon Flowers missed another practice with inflammation in his knee, and starting free safety Kendrick Lewis has been dealing with a sprained ankle.
In other injury news:
— Denver weak side linebacker Danny Trevathan was carted off the field with a knee injury toward the end of practice. There was no immediate word on the severity, but there was considerable concern it was serious.
— Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice and worked with the first team after missing last week's game with a concussion. Pryor is once again symptom free and appears on target to resume his starting role when the Raiders (1-3) host San Diego (2-2) on Sunday night.
Blackmon returns... Whitner to Hitner
UNDATED (AP) — Jacksonville receiver Justin Blackmon has returned to the team after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. During Wednesday practice, he dropped one pass but also made a one-handed catch in the end zone.
In other NFL news:
— San Francisco safety Donte Whitner is legally dropping the "W'' from his last name and will be known as Hitner. His nickname is Mr. Hitner for his hard-hitting style and he now wants to formalize the name. He's had attorney's file the paperwork in Ohio. Whitner has been in touch with Nike to determine how many No. 31 Whitner jerseys are still for sale in retail stores and elsewhere and whether he might need to financially contribute to make the switch.
$64 million man helps Leafs go to 2-0...Roy era begins in Colorado with a rout
UNDATED (AP) — Dave Bolland scored twice and Phil Kessel added a goal to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Maple Leafs are off to a 2-0 start and spoiled Philadelphia's season opener one night after ruining Montreal's. Jonathan Bernier (BAYRN'-yay) stopped 31 shots for the Maple Leafs.
Toronto acquired Bolland and Bernier in the offseason to bolster their bid to get out of the first round and make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Kessel scored his goal a day after he signed a $64 million, eight-year extension.
In other results from Day 2 of the NHL season:
— Pavel Datsyuk (PAH'-vuhl DAT'-sook) and Mikael Samuelsson scored 36 seconds apart midway through the first period and the Detroit Red Wings nipped the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in the season-opener for both teams.
__ Colorado opened a big early lead and coasted past Anaheim 6-1. Semyon Varlamov (sehm-YAHN' vahr-LAY'-mawf) had his shutout bid end with 6.4 seconds left. Jamie McGinn scored a pair of goals to get the Patrick Roy (wah) coaching era in Colorado off to a rousing start.
Parros out with concussion
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros has been released from the hospital after being treated for a head injury suffered in a season-opening loss to Toronto.
Parros was knocked unconscious early in the third period Tuesday after his face slammed into the ice during a fight with Maple Leafs tough guy Colton Orr. Parros spent several minutes motionless on the ice before he was taken off on a stretcher.
The Canadiens said on their Twitter feed Wednesday that Parros would be out indefinitely with a concussion.
No new trial for Sandusky
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.
The unanimous decision by a three-judge Superior Court panel came barely two weeks after they heard oral arguments by Sandusky's lawyer and a state prosecutor.
Defense lawyer Norris Gelman said he planned to ask the state Supreme Court to review the case.
Sandusky had argued his trial lawyers did not have sufficient time to prepare, a prosecutor made improper references to him not testifying on his own behalf and the judge mishandled two jury instructions.
Sandusky, who's 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence at a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania. If he does not get the convictions overturned, he is likely to die in prison.
IOC receives Lance Armstrong's Olympic medal
LONDON (AP) — Lance Armstrong's Olympic medal is back with the IOC. The International Olympic Committee stripped the American rider of the bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games in January after he admitted to doping.
LeBron's No. 1
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — LeBron James has the world's best-selling NBA jersey.
The Miami Heat star and four-time league MVP tops the NBA's global list of jersey sales for this past season, according to numbers released Tuesday. James — who also has the top-selling jersey in the United States — outsold Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Heat teammate Dwyane (dwayn) Wade for the No. 1 spot.