>> Pirates Eliminate Reds
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are heading to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in the best-of-five NL division series starting Thursday. Russell Martin homered twice and Marlon Byrd also went deep to support Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH’-noh), who pitched seven strong innings in the Pirates’ 6-2 win over Cincinnati in the one-game wild-card playoff. With 97 wins, St. Louis has home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. The Cardinals will open the NLDS tomorrow at 4 p.m.at Busch Stadium.
>>Royals Give Yost Two-Year Extension
(Kansas City, MO) — Ned Yost will be back managing the Royals again next season. He has agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2015. Yost guided the Royals to an 86-and-76 record this year, the team’s first winning season since 2003 and its best year since winning 92 games in 1989. Yost is 284-and-329 in four seasons with KC overall.
>>Chiefs Return To Practice Today
(Kansas City, MO) — The Chiefs are back at practice today as they prepare to play the Tennessee Titans Sunday in Music City. KC is one of five teams at 4-and-0 after beating the New York Giants 31-7 Sunday at Arrowhead. The Titans are 3-and-1, but lost QB Jake Locker to a hip injury. Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in his place.
>>Rams Host Jags Sunday
(St. Louis, MO) — The Rams get back to work this week as they prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams are coming off a 35-11 loss to the 49ers last Thursday that dropped them to 1-and-3 on the season. The Jaguars are one of three teams still winless at 0-and-4 after losing 37-3 Sunday to Indianapolis.
>>Mizzou In Action Saturday
(Undated) — Missouri’s first SEC game is Saturday at Vanderbilt. The Tigers are a perfect 4-and-0.
>>KU, K-State Face Ranked Teams Saturday
(Undated) — After a bye week, Kansas and Kansas State both return to the gridiron this weekend against ranked foes. The Jayhawks put their 2-and-1 mark on the line in their Big 12 opener at home against 22nd-ranked Texas Tech. The 2-and-2 Wildcats play their second Big 12 contest as they hit the road to face 20th-ranked Oklahoma State.