SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Greinke asked out of Kansas City four years ago. He was in the prime of his career. He would not sign a new contract with the Royals because he wanted to win and, as he told anyone who asked, he did not believe the Royals could win.
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TUKWILA — Routines can help draw out a player’s best.
Kansas City , Mo. — The Kansas City Royals needed a big inning and got it.
RENTON — The one specific complaint made by Percy Harvin after his trade to the New York Jets — that he wanted Seattle to use him more as a deep threat — came as news to Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kershaws and Wainwrights and Strasburgs of the pitching fraternity are at home, left watching the last ace standing. He grows taller by the inning.
SEATTLE — The remarkable return to success for Chris Young did not go unnoticed by his fellow players.
PITTSBURGH — With fans at Heinz Field booing after a listless showing through most of the first half, the Steelers turned a game and maybe their season around with a stunning flurry of points at the end of the first half to beat the Houston Texans, 30-23, Monday night.
ST. LOUIS — Russell Wilson ran when he had to. Threw precise darts when he had to. Twice, he willed his Seahawks back from 18 points down to within two points late.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Moustakas didn’t take the bait completely but he didn’t outright dispute the notion, either.
RENTON — In a move that shocked the NFL, the Seahawks on Friday traded receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick.
SAN FRANCISCO — A decade from now, even a year from now, this National League Championship Series may seem like a blowout. The San Francisco Giants, in the midst of a five-year run that can be characterized as either impressive or unlikely, put away the St. Louis Cardinals in five games. Busch Stadium waited to welcome all those fans in red this weekend, the Cardinals still alive. Alas, it will sit quiet and empty.
SAN FRANCISCO — From the first day of spring training, the San Francisco Giants quietly joked that this is an even year, so of course they would represent the National League in the World Series. On Thursday, that became a reality.
Kansas City , Mo. — After nearly three decades of toiling as one of baseball’s peasants, the Kansas City Royals are once again kings of the American League.
Denver 31, NY Jets 17
ST. LOUIS — The 49ers pulled off a third straight comeback win Monday night, defeating the Rams 31-17 as Colin Kaepernick threw three touchdown passes and a makeshift defense overcame Patrick Willis’ exit to a toe injury.