>>Rays Beat Red Sox
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are going to the American League division series against Boston. The Rays won their second straight elimination playoff game by blanking Cleveland 4-0 last night as Alex Cobb and three relievers combined on a nine-hit shutout.
>>Cards, Bucs Start NLDS
(St. Louis, MO) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates begin their NLDS tonight at Busch Stadium. The Cards send Adam Wainwright to the hill against A.J. Burnett in the first game of the best-of-five series. The Cardinals went 9-and-10 against their NL Central Division foe in the regular season. Game Two is tomorrow.
>>Braves to Face Dodgers
ATLANTA (AP)— The NL East champion Atlanta Braves have the home field edge in Game 1 of their NL division series against the L.A. Dodgers. The Braves are going with 15-game winner Kris Medlen while the NL West champion Dodgers have tabbed their ace, 16-game winner Clayton Kershaw, for the opening game assignment.
>>Perez, Shields Earn Royals’ September Honors
(Kansas City, MO) — Catcher Salvador Perez and starting pitcher James Shields closed out the season as the Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month for September. Perez led the club with a .352 average, a .560 slugging percentage and 19 RBI. Shields went 4-and-1 in six starts with a 3.18 ERA. He also led the team with 39-and-two-thirds innings pitched.
>>Chiefs’ McCluster Wins AFC Special Teams Honors
(Kansas City, MO) — Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster is earning recognition for his work on special teams. He’s been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt 89 yards for a touchdown in Sunday’s 31-7 win over the Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. It was his first punt return for a TD since 2010 and the longest in the NFL this year.
>>Smith Off to Good Start
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The decision by the Kansas City Chiefs to trade two draft picks for Alex Smith this past offseason is paying off so far. Smith is off to the best start of his career. He’s on pace to set career bests for yards passing, yards rushing and touchdown passes, and has even outplayed the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick.
>>Charles, Lewis Among 14 On Chiefs’ Injury Report
(Kansas City, MO) — The Chiefs’ injury report this week is crowded with 14 players. That’s a season high for the 4-and-0 Chiefs. Eleven players either didn’t practice Wednesday or were limited as KC prepares to take on the Titans Sunday at Tennessee. Running back Jamaal Charles sat out with blisters and safety Kendrick Lewis has a foot injury.
>>Rams Release Injury Report
(Undated) — There were four players who did not participate during the Rams’ practice yesterday. Defensive end William Hayes and tackle Rodger Saffold were out with knee injuries. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan missed Wednesday’s session with a thigh injury. Corner Trumaine Johnson was out with an illness. St. Louis plays Jacksonville on Sunday.
>>KU, K-State, Mizzou In Action Saturday
(Undated) — After a bye week, Kansas and Kansas State resume their football slate Saturday against ranked opponents. The 2-and-1 Jayhawks play their Big 12 opener at home against 22nd-ranked Texas Tech. The 2-and-2 Wildcats are on the road at 20th-ranked Oklahoma State in their second conference game. Missouri travels to Vanderbilt for its SEC opener.