How's this for a playoff debut? Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the NL division series. Halladay, who threw a perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his postseason debut. The All-Star right-hander allowed one runner, walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight. Don Larsen is the only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter. He threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn.
Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning to rally the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins 6-4 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the AL division series.
Cliff Lee pitched seven impressive innings and Nelson Cruz and Bengie Molina homered off David Price, leading the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opening game of the AL playoffs. Lee matched a postseason best with 10 strikeouts while allowing five hits.
The New England Patriots traded Randy Moss, the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Wednesday, giving him the exit he expected all along and sending him back to the place where he became a superstar. The Vikings will send a third-round 2011 draft pick to the Patriots in return for Moss and New England's seventh-round draft pick in 2012, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Vikings play at New York on Monday night, and coach Brad Childress said without hesitation that Moss would be in uniform against the Jets -- his old purple No. 84.
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis will be sidelined four to six weeks with a groin injury. Coach Mike Shanahan said that Portis has a third-degree separation of the left groin muscle. Portis was injured in Sunday's 17-12 win over Philadelphia. Portis has run for 195 yards on 49 carries this season.
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has put his team's struggling offense into the hands of undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall. Whisenhunt announced after Wednesday's practice that the former BYU standout would make his first NFL start Sunday when the Cardinals are home against the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, replacing the erratic Derek Anderson. Hall is Arizona's third starting quarterback since training camp opened. Anderson replaced Matt Leinart in the third preseason game. That led to Leinart's release and left Hall as Anderson's backup.
Speaking at a tailgate-style fan luncheon a few blocks from Lambeau Field on Tuesday, NFLPA Exec. Director DeMaurice Smith referred to a recent Sports Business Journal report that said the NFL is requiring banks that lend money to its teams to extend grace periods for loan defaults through the end of the 2011 season in the event of a lockout. "That to me is a step where the owners are protecting themselves in the event that there is no season," Smith said.
Venus Williams is done for the season because of a left knee injury that has sidelined her for most of the second half of 2010. In a statement released to The Associated Press, the seven-time Grand Slam champion said she is "very disappointed to announce that I will be unable to play" in the WTA Tour Championships at the end of October and the Fed Cup final between the United States and Italy at San Diego in November. "I have been getting treatment and therapy on my knee and have been making progress but unfortunately must continue to keep weight off my knee for the short term and won't be ready to return to competition in 2010," Williams said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.