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The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals opened the season against each other back in April in a rematch from last years World Series.Its been mostly downhill from there.Beset by injuries and a general sense of malaise, the Royals and Mets would both miss the playoffs if the season ended now. Kansas City (57-60) is 7 + games behind the second wild card in the AL, and the Mets (59-58) are 2 + back in the NL.The last time both pennant winners from the previous season failed to make the playoffs was in 2007, when the Tigers and Cardinals fell short. The last time both finished below .500 was in 1994 (Blue Jays and Phillies) -- and in a non-strike year the last time was 1986 (Royals and Cardinals).While the Royals are facing an uphill climb, the Mets are still in the thick of the race for a wild card, but its been an ugly August for New York, which now trails St. Louis, Miami and Pittsburgh in the postseason race.With Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Lucas Duda all on the disabled list, New Yorks lineup looks nothing like it did during the run through last years postseason.The Royals can relate, with Mike Moustakas and Wade Davis both currently on the DL. Kansas City also had to deal with earlier injuries to Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain.The Mets did get Jose Reyes back from the DL over the weekend, and Cespedes is expected back soon.Were scratching and clawing right now, but we know that theres some reinforcements on the way, second baseman Neil Walker said.Here are a few other developments from around baseball:SECOND WINDThe Chicago Cubs are back on pace for over 100 wins after an 11-game winning streak that lasted until Saturday. The Cubs had a 5-15 stretch shortly before the All-Star break, which took some of the luster off their terrific start -- but after this recent surge, Chicago is 12 games ahead of second-place St. Louis in the NL Central.RUNNING AWAYThe Cleveland Indians have stolen an AL-best 95 bases this season, which is nine more than they had all of last year. The Indians are also stealing at an 81-percent clip. Rajai Davis (31 for 35), Jose Ramirez (18 for 23), Francisco Lindor (15 for 20) and Jason Kipnis (11 for 14) are all threats on the bases.Cleveland tied a team record with eight steals Friday night in a win over the Los Angeles Angels.FANTASY FOCUSAlex Rodriguezs departure from the New York Yankees doesnt change much from a fantasy perspective -- he wasnt playing a lot anyway. But if the youth movement is underway now, it certainly looked promising Saturday, when New Yorks Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge each homered in his first major league at-bat -- in back-to-back plate appearances.Judge is the more highly touted prospect -- he was ranked No. 42 on Baseball Americas midseason list and No. 18 by Baseball Prospectus at the beginning of the season. But its hard to ignore what Austin did at Triple-A this year, hitting .323 with 13 homers in only 57 games.LINE OF THE WEEKBrandon Crawford had seven hits in San Franciscos 14-inning win over Miami on Monday. Crawford became the first major leaguer with seven hits in a game since Pittsburghs Rennie Stennett in 1975. Remarkably, Crawford only scored one run Monday despite all those times on base. The next three hitters in the batting order were a combined 2 for 15, and the pitchers spot was next after them.Honorable mention goes to the three-homer games by Colorados Charlie Blackmon and Bostons Mookie Betts later in the week.---AP Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report. Terry Kirby Jersey .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. 49ers Jerseys China . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. 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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Randall Cobb slid to a stop on the slick field in the end zone after a 9-yard touchdown pass before adding another move.It was time for a little more fun in the snow.The wide receiver caught one of two touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers found their footing in the snow with two fourth-quarter scores to pull away from the Houston Texans for a 21-13 win on Sunday.Houston (6-6) lost its third straight game and its grip on the AFC South. The Texans are tied with idle Tennessee and a half-game ahead of Indianapolis, which plays the New York Jets on Monday night, for the division lead.The Packers (6-6) had a much better time after winning their second straight game to return to .500 for the first time in a month. Before Cobb got up in the end zone after his 9-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, he did a snow angel.No, it was spur of the moment, Cobb said of his child-like celebration. I was sliding and I couldnt get up as fast as I wanted to, so I was like, why not?Back in their element in the cold, the Packers have stabilized following a four-game losing streak that dropped them to 4-6. Theyre tied with Minnesota in second in the NFC North, two games back of Detroit.Rodgers threw for 209 yards and Jordy Nelson had 118 yards receiving and a score. The Packers two fourth-quarter touchdowns capped drives of 98 and 89 yards, respectively.The Texans must regroup again, though weather shouldnt be a factor the next two games. Houston travels to Indianapolis next week before hosting Jacksonville. Both games will be in domed stadiums.These are games that we have to figure it out, coach Bill OBrien said. If we dont, were not going to be where we want to be. If we do, well have a shot.Other notes and takeaways from Sundays game:RODGERS HAMSTRING: Rodgers was 20 of 30. He looked OK after being limited in practice with a left hamstring injury, taking off for a couple runs, though he didnt seem to have his usual mobility on the slippery turf. I dont know if you ever come out better than you did coming in, but I feel good about where Im at, Rodgers said. I had decent movement and didnt do anything to create a major ssetback.ddddddddddddMAKING PROGRESS: Quarterback Brock Osweiler has faced heat for the Texans offensive struggles this season. He was composed in the second half in leading Houston on 10-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Griffin on fourth-and-1 to tie it at 7 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.Osweiler finished 22 of 35 for 202 yards.Look, I thought he battled. It was a tough environment as far as weather and things like that, OBrien said. He was pressured a few times, hung in there and played tough. I thought he battled all day.MATTHEWS IN THE MIDDLE: Clay Matthews seemed to be on a limited snap count coming back from a shoulder injury sustained last week against Philadelphia. But the long-haired linebacker gave a depleted position a boost by helping to fill in at inside linebacker. Starter Blake Martinez is still out with a knee injury. Jake Ryan returned after a two-game absence because of an ankle injury, but had to get the ankle re-taped in the first half.Any impact to it was pretty painful, Matthews said. But no worse for the wear if Im trying to be an optimist here. Hopefully next week, its that much better.SNOW DOWN: Texans cornerback Charles James went bare-chested during pregame warmups. Green Bay in the cold. Texans up, he boasted while signing autographs.But James slipped to the turf in the fourth quarter, leaving Nelson wide open in the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown pass that gave the Packers the lead for good, 14-7.I dont want to make any excuses, you know what I mean? James said. Thats what you get paid for to stay up there in inclement weather and go out there and be at your best.INJURY REPORT: Texans: WR Braxton Miller left with a shoulder injury after being driven to the cold turf by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter on an incompletion. ... LB Nick Perry, who leads the team with eight sacks, returned with his left hand heavily wrapped after missing most of the first half with the injury.---For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '