Last Update on October 02, 2014 10:50 GMT
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants captured the 2012 World Series by winning six elimination games. They've also advanced to this year's National League Division Series with a winner-take-all Wild Card victory at Pittsburgh.
Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt were the stars as the Giants hammered the Pirates 8-0.
Bumgarner scattered four hits and struck out 10 in his first postseason complete game. He allowed just two runners to get into scoring position the entire night.
The game was scoreless until Crawford sent a blast into the right-field bleachers in the fourth inning. Pablo Sandoval and Pence opened the fourth with singles and moved up on Brandon Belt's walk before Crawford smacked his first career postseason homer. It also was the first postseason grand slam by a shortstop.
Belt went 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBIs as the Giants earned a trip to Washington to face the Nationals in the NLDS.
Losing pitcher Edinson Volquez entered the game 5-0 with a 1.36 ERA in his last 10 starts before surrendering five runs on five hits and three walks in five-plus innings.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says he'll go with a rotation of Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series, which puts Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) in the bullpen.
The 23-year-old Wacha was the NL Championship series MVP last year, outpitching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice. But he's struggled since coming back from a shoulder injury in September, recording a 5.40 ERA without going more than five innings in four starts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn-ryoo) pitched three innings of a simulated game on the mound at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
The Dodgers say Ryu used all of his pitches at his normal velocity and had no problems with his left shoulder during the 45-pitch session. The 14-game winner faced several teammates.
Ryu will be examined by a doctor on Thursday to find out how his shoulder responded. He hasn't pitched since leaving a game after one inning on Sept. 12 because of shoulder irritation.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as questionable for their game at Green Bay Thursday night. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start Sunday, a victory over Atlanta. He was back on the sideline before the end of the game without crutches, and an MRI showed no major damage.
The NFL's definition of the questionable designation is a 50 percent chance of playing.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith has ripped his former team, saying his release by the Carolina Panthers was personal and that the team stabbed him in the back. Smith took direct aim at Dave Gettleman, saying on WFNZ-AM's Bustin' Loose that Carolina's second-year general manager said he was "a shadow of the player I used to be." Smith spoke out three days after catching seven passes for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Ravens' 38-10 rout of the Panthers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Austin Davis will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Fisher initially said that Shaun Hill would return as the starter as soon as he was completely healed from a quad injury. That has changed after Davis played well in his 2 1/2 games as a starter since replacing Hill during the season opener.
The 25-year-old Davis has sparked the Rams offense, throwing for 754 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, while completing 72 percent of his passes. His 93.1 quarterback rating is ninth-highest among NFC quarterbacks.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out rookie receiver Marqise Lee for the third consecutive game Sunday against Pittsburgh because of a strained right hamstring.
Lee caught eight passes for 73 yards the first two weeks. Without him, fellow rookies Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have stepped up.
The Jags are expected to be without receiver Cecil Shorts III, who injured his left hamstring in last week's 33-14 loss at San Diego. Shorts missed the first two games with the same injury.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month.
A Grapevine, Texas, police spokesman said Wednesday night that the alleged incident took place early the morning of Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Lawyers for ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez have continued their effort to have cellphone evidence thrown out, and a judge began hearing testimony Wednesday on what the defense claims was an unlawful interrogation of him at his home.
Judge E. Susan Garsh issued no immediate ruling after considering testimony over two days on whether the seizure of the ex-player's BlackBerry was illegal. The defense also maintains Hernandez was unlawfully questioned while state police executed search warrants at his North Attleborough, Mass., house.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games.
The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The deal is worth $20 billion over eight years, according to a person familiar with the contract.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks with a broken left hand. Jenner was struck by a puck on Sunday. He had 16 goals and 29 points with a +6 in 72 games for the Jackets as a rookie last season.
He is the third top forward not with the club. Leading-scorer Ryan Johansen is in the middle of a contract dispute and last year's top free-agent signing, Nathan Horton, is not practicing due to a bad back.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- Rory McIlroy has been voted the PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three years. He hit his stride in the summer and won the British Open and the PGA Championship, with a World Golf Championship in between to climb to No. 1 in the world.
McIlroy finished the PGA Tour season with three victories and also led the tour with 12 finishes in the top 10 without finishing worse than 25th this year. McIlroy also won the PGA Tour money title with $8.2 million and captured the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.
Chesson Hadley was voted as the rookie of the year.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Harrisburg, Pa., say they broke up a mail-order steroid ring whose participants included three prison guards, a probation officer and football player who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this year and was recently cut.
The state attorney general's office announced charges against 13 people. That includes undrafted free agent offensive lineman Brian Clarke, who was released by the Cowboys after suffering a groin injury. The charges against Clarke included the possession and delivery of anabolic steroids.
The prison guards and probation officer worked at county facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania.