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Last Update on October 01, 2014 22:38 GMT


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The National League Wild Card game is being played this evening in Pittsburgh. The Pirates and Giants both advanced to the postseason with a record of 88-74. The Giants finished six games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, while the Pirates wound up two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

The pitching matchup has left-hander Madison Bumgarner going for the Giants against righty Edinson Volquez (VOHL'-kehz).

Bumgarner was 18-10 with a 2.98 earned run average this season, including an 11-4 mark and a 2.22 earned run average in 18 road starts. He's helped the Giants win the 2010 and 2012 World Series, going 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 35 2/3 innings over seven appearances, including six starts.

Volquez went 13-7 with a 3.04 this season, ending the campaign with a flourish. The right-hander was outstanding over his last 10 starts, going 5-0 with a 1.36 earned average. But he was shelled in his lone postseason appearance four years ago, allowing four runs in 1 1/3 innings for the Reds against the Phillies in the NLDS. That was the game in which Roy Halladay tossed a no-hitter.

The Pirates and visiting San Francisco might struggle to top last night's American League Wild Card contest, won by the Royals over the A's 9-8 in 12 innings. The victory sends the Royals to Anaheim for the divisional playoffs against the Angels.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready to face KC. The former AL MVP missed 21 of the Angels' final 22 regular-season games because of shoulder and other upper-body injuries. Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker also says he's feeling fine after being sidelined the last two weeks because of an oblique strain on his left side.


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.


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.


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.


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 loses Jenner

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. Those three straight wins catapulted him to No. 1 in the world.

McIlroy finished the PGA Tour season with three victories. He also led the tour with 12 finishes in the top 10, and he never finished worse than 25th. McIlroy also won the PGA Tour money title with $8.2 million, and he won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.

Chesson Hadley was voted as the rookie of the year.