Chiefs roll past Colts to reach AFC title game
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Colts in his postseason debut, the Chiefs defense answered their chorus of critics with a stout performance, and Kansas City rolled to a 31-13 victory over Indianapolis in the divisional round Saturday to end 25 years of playoff frustration.
Mahomes threw for 278 yards while running for a touchdown, and Damien Williams ran for 129 yards and another score, as the Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the first time in five playoff meetings to earn their first AFC title game appearance since January 1994.
The AFC West champions will play the winner of Sunday’s game between the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots next weekend for a spot in the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Andrew Luck was held to 203 yards passing for the Colts, while Marlon Mack was a non-factor on the ground. He had 46 yards rushing before leaving late in the fourth quarter with a hip injury.
REID URGES FANS TO NIX SNOWBALLS
Chiefs coach Andy Reid was summoned to the corner of Arrowhead Stadium during Saturday’s playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts to get fans to stop throwing snowballs on the field.
Reid wasn’t happy about it, either.
The officials called him over from the Kansas City sideline during the twominute warning in the first half, and Reid shouted and gestured at the fans in the lower deck .
Reid’s intervention didn’t do much good, either. Patrick Mahomes scampered in moments later to give the Colts a 24-7 lead, and snowballs fell like confetti from the upper deck.
TIGERS REACH $9.95M DEAL WITH CASTELLANOS DETROIT
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with Nicholas Castellanos, agreeing on a $9.95 million deal with the outfielder for 2019.
Detroit also reached agreements with lefthanders Matthew Boyd ($2.6 million), Daniel Norris ($1,275,000) and Blaine Hardy ($1.3 million).
Right-hander Michael Fulmer is the Tigers’ only arbitration-eligible player without a deal. He asked for $3.4 million and was offered $2.8 million.
The 26-year-old Castellanos hit .298 last year with 23 home runs and 89 RBIs, when he made $6,075,000. He’s considered a candidate to be traded, with the Tigers rebuilding after consecutive 98-loss seasons.
Fulmer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, went 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA last season, when he dealt with oblique and knee problems.
Rockies: Four-time AllStar third baseman Nolan Arenado asked for $30 million in salary arbitration, while Colorado offered $24 million. Arenado, who has won six straight Gold Glove Awards and four consecutive Silver Slugger Awards, made $17.85 million last year. He hit .297 with an NLhigh 38 home runs and
110 RBIs, which tied for second in the league, to help the Rockies reach the playoffs for the second straight season.
Twins: Right-hander Kyle Gibson and left fielder Eddie Rosario are among eight players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts. Gibson will earn $8,125,000, an increase from his 2018 salary of $4.2 million.
Also agreeing on contracts were right-hander Jake Odorizzi for $9.5 million; center fielder Byron Buxton for $1.75 million; third baseman Miguel Sano for $2,650,000; right fielder Max Kepler for $3,125,000; left-hander Taylor Rogers for $1,525,000; and righthander Trevor May for $900,000. Rays: Catcher Mike Zunino, third baseman Matt Duffy and relief pitcher Chaz Roe agreed to oneyear contracts and avoided arbitration. Zunino ($4,412,500) was acquired this offseason in a fiveplayer trade that sent outfielder Mallex Smith to Seattle. Duffy, 27, got $2,675,000, up from $1 million last year.
Padres: Wil Myers said he’s moving back to the Padres’ crowded outfield, indicating that San Diego probably is still in the market for a third baseman.
Myers said at FanFest that the decision to switch positions again was made during a recent discussion with general manager A.J. Preller and manager Andy Green.