OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer, Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie each had a solo shot and the Oakland Athletics wrapped up their second straight AL West title while overpowering the Minnesota Twins 11-7 yesterday. The A's clinched their 16th division crown and 25th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City earlier. The A's scored six runs in the second inning and one in each of the next five to set the stage for their own celebration.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson wasn't threatened by the swarm of bees that took over the Angel Stadium field during two brief game delays. With little help from his teammates, the Los Angeles Angels' durable left-hander couldn't avoid a streak-snapping loss. Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Felix Hernandez had 10 strikeouts in a four-inning start and the Seattle Mariners beat the Angels 3-2 yesterday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew Luck threw for 164 yards and ran for a 6-yard touchdown while facing college coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time, and the Indianapolis Colts defeated the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 win yesterday. Trent Richardson scored a 1-yard touchdown on his first carry in his Colts debut after being acquired on Wednesday from the Browns. It was Colin Kaepernick's first home loss at Candlestick Park as a starter.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez scored an unearned run and Zack Greinke combined with three relievers on a two-hitter to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 1-0 yesterday. Andrew Cashner had a two-hitter into the seventh when Gonzalez singled with one out. J.P. Howell pitched a perfect sixth.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves and Brad Malone got the go-ahead goal with 11:33 left in the third, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 preseason victory over the Anaheim Ducks last night. Guillaume Desbiens opened the scoring for Colorado at 12:20 of the second period with a 45-foot wrist shot past Jonas Hiller's glove, following a turnover by forward Jakob Silfverberg in the Anaheim zone. Hiller finished with 23 saves.