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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, and St. Louis Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski chat before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, and St. Louis Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski chat before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski started at catcher in place of injured Yadier Molina for the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in the third game of the NL Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Molina had started the previous 83 postseason games for the Cardinals, since current manager Mike Matheny was behind the plate for Game 3 of the 2004 World Series against Boston.

Molina is perhaps the most valuable member of the Cardinals for his ability as a hitter as well as the way he handles pitchers and shuts down the opponents’ running game.

The six-time All-Star strained his left oblique in St. Louis’ win in Game 2 of the series and was replaced by Tony Cruz. Pierzynski got the nod in Game 3 even though he wasn’t on the Division Series roster and had caught just nine innings since Aug. 30.

But Pierzynski caught Lackey’s first 18 starts this season when the two were teammates in Boston, contributing to Matheny’s decision to go with him Tuesday. The two teamed up for two more starts in St. Louis and have a good rapport.

Pierzynski missed more than two weeks in July between being released by Boston and signing with St. Louis, giving Matheny confidence that the time off would not be a hindrance.

“I think 16 years’ experience has some carry-over effect,” Matheny said. “But he caught a bullpen yesterday and we went out and threw him early a time or two, too, and tried to keep him sharp, not knowing what’s going to happen.”

Pierzynski went 0 for 4 as the Cardinals lost 5-4 in 10 innings to fall behind 2-1 in the series.

Matheny said Molina is not in danger of making his injury worse by playing but has significant pain in his side. Molina is not able to take batting practice yet but could be used as a defensive replacement if he comes out of his pregame workouts feeling good enough to play.

“We know that he’s going to push when he can push,” Matheny said. “As long as we’re not risking him hurting himself further, we’re going to allow him to keep moving forward.”

Molina did go to the bullpen to warm up closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning but did not enter the game.

Pierzynski batted seventh for the Cardinals, with Kolten Wong moving up to sixth after hitting a game-ending homer off Sergio Romo to win Game 2.

The Giants also made a minor tweak to their lineup, with left fielder Travis Ishikawa moving up one spot to seventh in the order and shortstop Brandon Crawford dropping to eighth.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy wanted to preserve the option of breaking up his three lefties at the bottom of the order starting with first baseman Brandon Belt. Michael Morse, who has been sidelined with an oblique injury, is available now as a right-handed pinch-hitter for Ishikawa.

Crawford is also 2 for 20 in his past five games.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The breakout pitching star of this year’s Little League World Series will be among those honored at the Musial Awards in St. Louis next month.

Organizers say 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis, of Philadelphia, will be recognized for her poise, maturity and sportsmanship. The awards are Nov. 22 at the Peabody Opera House, honoring the legacy of Stan Musial, the longtime Cardinals great who died in January 2013.

Davis will receive the Musial Award for Extraordinary Character, one of two special honors given out at the event. The other recipient is baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who will be presented the Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski will start at catcher in place of the injured Yadier Molina for the St. Louis Cardinals in the third game of the NL Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Molina had started the past 83 postseason games for the Cardinals, since current manager Mike Matheny was behind the plate for Game 3 of the 2004 World Series against Boston.

Molina strained his left oblique in St. Louis’ win in Game 2 of the series and was replaced by Tony Cruz. Pierzynski is getting the nod despite not being on the division series roster.

However, Pierzynski has experience catching Game 3 starter John Lackey when the two were teammates in Boston.

The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team won all four of its matches, including contests against No. 5 Miami Dade College and No. 17 Hutchinson Community College, in this past weekend’s Colton’s Steak House and Grill/Lazy W Pallets Grizzly Invitational Tournament at the West Plains Civic Center.  Team members include, kneeling from left, Brianna Zebert, Alyssa Aldag, Susannah Kelley and Zori Curry; standing, head coach Paula Wiedemann, Ashley Bishton, Penny Liu, Kaili Simmons, Pulotu Manoa, Mikala Hicks, Gabby Edmondson, Guro Froberg and assistant coach Brianna Walsh.  (Photo provided)

The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team won all four of its matches, including contests against No. 5 Miami Dade College and No. 17 Hutchinson Community College, in this past weekend’s Colton’s Steak House and Grill/Lazy W Pallets Grizzly Invitational Tournament at the West Plains Civic Center. Team members include, kneeling from left, Brianna Zebert, Alyssa Aldag, Susannah Kelley and Zori Curry; standing, head coach Paula Wiedemann, Ashley Bishton, Penny Liu, Kaili Simmons, Pulotu Manoa, Mikala Hicks, Gabby Edmondson, Guro Froberg and assistant coach Brianna Walsh. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team turned in one of its best performances of the year this past weekend at the Colton’s Steak House and Grill/Lazy W Pallets Grizzly Invitational.

The Grizzlies won all four matches in the tournament, only dropping two sets total in the two-day event and defeating the nation’s fifth and 17th ranked junior college teams along the way. Their record now stands at 16-12.

The Grizzlies opened the tournament Friday afternoon with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-10 win over Colby (Kansas) Community College and followed it up Friday evening with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-11, 26-24 victory over No. 17 Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College. On Saturday, they defeated Wallace State Community College of Hanceville, Alabama, 25-17, 25-21, 25-15, then beat No. 5 Miami Dade College of Miami, Florida, 30-28, 12-15, 25-22, 26-24 in a hard-fought contest.

After having seen Wallace State defeat Hutchinson on Friday, the Grizzlies knew they had their hands full with the team on Saturday. But once again, they had a game plan that proved fruitful. “Wallace State is athletic, has good ball control and plays really good defense, but offensively, we were on fire. We hit .452 as team,” Grizzly Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said.

As expected, the Miami match Saturday evening proved to be a battle. After winning a hard-fought first set 30-28, the Grizzlies got stuck in a rotation that allowed the Sharks to take the second set fairly easily. But the Grizzlies fought hard and bounced back to finish off the match, realizing they could play with the No. 5 team in the nation.

Freshman outside attacker Gabby Edmondson had one of her best outings of the year. She recorded 41 kills on 91 attempts with 12 errors for an attacking percentage of .319. She also had one block, three service aces, 48 digs and 45 points earned. “Gabby took great swings, took care of the ball and dug the ball well. She had an incredible weekend,” Wiedemann.

Offensively, freshman middle attacker Penny Liu paced the Grizzlies with 67 kills on 112 attempts with 11 errors for an attacking percentage of .500. She also led the team in total blocks with 7.5, solo blocks with four, service aces with five and points earned with 79.5. “Penny was phenomenal,” the coach said.

Freshman setter Susannah Kelley led the team in assists with 149, and sophomore libero Alyssa Aldag led the team in digs with 68.

Wiedemann said she and the Grizzlies would like to thank Colton’s Steak House and Grill and Lazy W Pallets for sponsoring the match. “Because of their support, we can host tournaments that feature some of the best teams in the nation,” she said.

The Grizzlies face two big Region 16 contests this week on the road. They will play Mineral Area College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Park Hills, Missouri, then face Jefferson College at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Hillsboro, Missouri.

“This is where we have to take advantage of these opportunities to set ourselves up for the Region 16 tournament,” Wiedemann said. “These two matches are important for what we want to accomplish. We are going to have to continue building on what we’ve already developed together as a team.”

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/. Complete team statistics can be found at http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2014-15/div1/teams/MissouriStateUniversityWestPlains.

Rain hit puddles on the warning track before Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Rain hit puddles on the warning track before Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Game 3 of the AL Championship Series has been postponed because of rain.

The game was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. EDT. Game 4 was rescheduled Wednesday at 4:07 p.m. EDT and Game 5, if needed for Thursday at 4:07 p.m. EDT.

Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.

Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork says: “We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans.”

St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso (33) warms up during a team workout on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in San Francisco.  The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are scheduled to play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

St. Louis Cardinals’ Daniel Descalso (33) warms up during a team workout on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in San Francisco. The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are scheduled to play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals arrived in the Bay Area ballpark they know so well in October and began preparing for the possibility of facing the Giants without star catcher Yadier Molina.

“Another beautiful day in NorCal!” reliever Randy Choate shouted as he hopped up the dugout steps and onto the field for Monday’s workout.

“Shocker!” bench coach Mike Aldrete hollered in response.

Manager Mike Matheny is encouraged Molina might be able to help St. Louis as soon as Tuesday in Game 3, perhaps initially just off the bench as he recovers from a strained left oblique muscle sustained in Sunday’s 5-4 victory at Busch Stadium. Playing at all appeared doubtful only a night earlier, then Molina played catch under cloudless skies at AT&T Park and gave Matheny hope.

“A little better than what I expected,” Molina said afterward. “When I woke up, I was moving all right. We’ll see. I’m going to try.”

A.J. Pierzynski is the likely choice to catch former Boston teammate John Lackey in Game 3, and deemed himself ready. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

Molina flew on the team charter on Sunday night after having an MRI. Once the Cardinals arrived at the ballpark on Monday, Molina met with team doctors and medical staff in the training room of the visitors’ clubhouse.

Matheny carried three catchers and has Tony Cruz and Pierzynski to fill the big void.

“Obviously it’s a big loss, but we spent some time without him this year and we’re fortunate to have A.J. and Tony, who are two really good players,” infielder Mark Ellis said. “We’re lucky to have them but I feel bad for Yadi because this is what he worked for the whole year and he’s not able to be with us.”

Tim Hudson takes the ball for the Giants, the 39-year-old right-hander’s first start beyond the division series in 16 major league seasons.

He is already thriving in the raucous playoff environment of pumped-up crowds.

“At this point in my career, it’s almost like a shot of coffee,” he said.

While noting he wishes no ill will for the injured Molina, Hudson would be fine not having to face the slugging catcher. There are plenty of other big bats to contend with, anyway.

“That would be a pretty big blow for them, not only from an offensive standpoint but from a defensive standpoint how he handles those pitchers.” Hudson said. “But it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if he’s not in the lineup for a few days, there’s no question about that.”

As the series shifts to San Francisco’s pitcher-friendly ballpark, the Cardinals know plenty about how the Giants protect their home field. Two years ago, St. Louis arrived in town leading the NLCS 3-2 before the Giants rallied to take the series on the way to their second championship in three years.

Lackey, too, has pitched on the big October stage in San Francisco – albeit back in 2002 with the eventual champion wild-card Angels.

Reminded he intentionally walked home run king Barry Bonds four times, Lackey smiled and said: “Wouldn’t you? Geez.”

“No offense to anybody in their lineup but they don’t got Barry Bonds,” he said. “They have got a really good lineup.”

While Molina is improving, Matheny also is pleased with Adam Wainwright’s health. His workload has come into question after the ace right-hander hasn’t made it out of the fifth in his two postseason starts. He threw a bullpen session Monday with a hitter standing in the box but not swinging.

“His game comes down to feel and when he has a good feel for his fastball, next thing you know that breaking ball has a nice, sharp break to it,” Matheny said. “So to hear from him that he feels great right now is great news for us.”

Hudson knows he will have to keep the Cardinals from clearing the fences, whether or not Molina is in there.

“They are hot with the longball, and that’s what beat us last night,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

On Sunday, St. Louis became the first club to hit home runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of a postseason game, according to STATS.

“That’s not necessarily how we’ve been winning games this season,” Matheny said. “We’ll take it.”

Giants reliever Jean Machi tore the fingernail on his right pinkie playing catch during Monday’s workout but athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said, “all good.”

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hunches over after hitting into a double play during the sixth inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina hunches over after hitting into a double play during the sixth inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yadier Molina still hopes to contribute in some capacity during the NL Championship Series, if his sore side allows it.

And the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t ready to rule him out, either. For now, they’re keeping their catcher and leader on the active roster despite a strained left oblique muscle sustained in Game 2 of the NLCS.

Molina flew on the team charter to the Bay Area on Sunday night after leaving Busch Stadium for an MRI. Once the team arrived at AT&T Park on Monday, Molina met with team doctors and medical staff in the training room of the visitors’ clubhouse.

Molina played catch and surprised himself, the coaches and trainers.

“A little better than what I expected,” Molina said afterward. “When I woke up, I was moving all right. We’ll see. I’m going to try (to play).”

Manager Mike Matheny was encouraged Molina was able to throw Monday. He will continue to be evaluated to determine how much he might be able to do.

“I didn’t think there was any possibility, having that injury myself,” Matheny said. “It’s just great having him with us in any capacity.”

The Cardinals, who tied the series 1-all with a 5-4 win Sunday, carried three catchers and have Tony Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski to fill the big void, if needed. Matheny wouldn’t announce his starting catcher for Game 3 on Tuesday, and hopes to be able to use Molina at the least off the bench – hinting he would be unlikely to start. Molina will continue to be examined by the medical staff.

“We needed to see Yadi move around a little bit. We needed to see him throw,” Matheny said. “That’s encouraging for our club.”

Game 3 starter John Lackey worked with Pierzynski during their time together in Boston earlier this year.

“When you lose a guy of his caliber, there’s always going to be a hole for sure. He’s probably the best in the game back there and a pleasure to throw to. We’ve still got to get out there and compete and give it a run,” Lackey said. “A.J. and I are good. Obviously I pitched to him a bunch in Boston this year.”

Matheny said Molina can contribute in so many ways, even if he doesn’t get back on the field.

“Obviously it’s a big loss, but we spent some time without him this year and we’re fortunate to have A.J. and Tony, who are two really good players,” infielder Mark Ellis said. “We’re lucky to have them but I feel bad for Yadi because this is what he worked for the whole year and he’s not able to be with us.”

From Matheny’s perspective, if losing Molina motivates the Cardinals to prove wrong the skeptics who don’t believe St. Louis can advance without him, so be it.

“We are not going to make any kind of false statement that he is not a key component to our club,” Matheny said. “But any team that loses that piece, you never know how they are going to respond, and I was real proud of how the guys … yeah, first, they are like, `Wow, that hurts.’ I think it’s hard for them not to hear what’s being said nationally about this is one guy that our club can’t do without.

“I think that actually gave a little spur, because that insults the rest of the guys in that room to say that they are not good enough to do it,” Matheny added.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) catches an 11-yard touchdown pass ahead of St. Louis Rams defenders Janoris Jenkins (21) and James Laurinaitis (55) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in St Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) catches an 11-yard touchdown pass ahead of St. Louis Rams defenders Janoris Jenkins (21) and James Laurinaitis (55) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in St Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and the rest of the 1999 Super Bowl champions back for a bobbing and weaving celebration of the St. Louis Rams’ heyday, the current players came out with a fantastic flurry.

It turned out to be a disappointing flashback of the team’s last time playing in the Edward Jones Dome, another lead blown.

Colin Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, helping the 49ers erase an early 14-point deficit and beat the Rams 31-17 on Monday night.

Brandon Lloyd, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree each caught a scoring pass for the 49ers (4-2), who have won three in a row. Ahmad Brooks and Dan Skuta had two sacks apiece for a stifling defense that sacked Austin Davis five times and permitted one first down on St. Louis’ first six possessions of the second half.

“We just didn’t play well enough to win. Obviously, we got off to a quick start and just couldn’t do enough in the second half,” Davis said. “It was a tough one.”

The Niners’ comeback really got going just before the Rams’ halftime celebration, with several of the former players forming a circle in the north end zone to do the bob `n’ weave dance seen so many times during the “Greatest Show on Turf” days.

Lloyd blew past Janoris Jenkins along the left sideline to catch an 80-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left in the first half, and San Francisco opened the second half with an 80-yard drive to take a 17-14 lead on Kaepernick’s 11-yard TD pass to Boldin as he came across the end zone.

“I feel like the game plan’s good, the scheme’s good. We’ve just got to execute and have that edge. For the most part, I feel like this second half was just a lack of effort, a lack of fight from the offense,” Rams running back Benny Cunningham said. “That’s something we’ve just got to go back and get fixed.”

As the Niners were taking the 17-14 lead, several fans in the upper deck unfurled a large banner above the videoboard on the opposite end of the stadium as part of ongoing protests about the Michael Brown shooting in suburban Ferguson in August. Later in the quarter, about three dozen fans marched around a walkway in the upper deck with their hands up, a reference to reports that Brown may have had his hands up when he was fatally shot. When asked in the locker room, several Rams players said they were unaware of the protests.

The sign was quickly taken down, with ushers stepping in and leading the fans away. Team officials refused to comment.

The Rams (1-4) mounted a brief rally with Greg Zuerlein’s 38-yard field goal that cut the deficit to 24-17 with 2:24 to go, and St. Louis got the ball back with 1:05 left and 95 yards to go to tie the game. Instead, Davis bailed out of a collapsing pocket and threw an interception that Dontae Johnson returned 20 yards for the clinching score with 53 seconds left.

It was a disappointing conclusion for St. Louis, which had 151 yards and a 14-0 lead after the first quarter on Benny Cunningham’s 1-yard run and a 22-yard touchdown reception for Lance Kendricks. The Rams squandered a 21-0 lead in a loss to Dallas in their last home game, then scored the final 21 points in a 34-28 loss at Philadelphia last week.

“We’ve had the ball in every game with a chance to either win or tie. That’s where hopefully my experience will help, the more opportunities I get. I’ll learn from it,” said Davis, who has had three of his four interceptions returned for touchdowns, all at home and all in the fourth quarter.

“You’ve got to be able to go win games at the end. Every game’s going to be tough. I feel like this one’s really on me. I didn’t play very good and I’ve got to find a way to lead this team.”

It wasn’t enough for the Rams, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2003, to wear throwback uniforms featuring the royal blue and bright yellow from a decade ago.

The 49ers scuffled to a 1-2 start coming off a third straight appearance in the NFC championship game, but have won 13 of their last 14 in October.

“I just feel like we came out with an edge, with a chip on our shoulders and executed, did what coach asked of us. And in the second half, we lost the edge, we lost the mental toughness and we didn’t really have the same fight that we had in the first half,” Cunningham said.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis left Monday night’s game at St. Louis in the third quarter with a toe injury and is not expected to return.

Willis, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, leads the 49ers with 44 tackles this season. He had three more before leaving the game against the Rams.

Rookie Chris Borland replaced him.

The Niners are already without linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who was hurt in last season’s NFC championship game.

Willis leads the NFL in tackles over the past seven seasons.

San Francisco also lost backup safety Jimmie Ward to a quad injury in the third quarter, and the team said he would not return. Starting guard Mike Iupati was taken to the locker room for tests after he suffered a head injury in the final two minutes of the quarter.

San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) celebrates with cornerback Richard Marshall, left, and inside linebacker Andrew Gachkar (59) after intercepting Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. The Chargers won 31-28. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) celebrates with cornerback Richard Marshall, left, and inside linebacker Andrew Gachkar (59) after intercepting Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. The Chargers won 31-28. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For the last five minutes, Philip Rivers and rookies Branden Oliver and Jason Verrett were brilliant for the streaking San Diego Chargers.

Not so much the first 55 minutes on Sunday, when the Chargers stumbled around before coming up with big plays in the fourth quarter to turn back the surprisingly pesky Oakland Raiders 31-28.

The Chargers improved to 5-1, tied with Philadelphia and Dallas for the NFL’s best record.

The Chargers have won five straight. The past three were against teams with a combined 1-16 record and starting either rookie or second-year quarterbacks.

The competition gets tougher Sunday when the Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs, who are coming off their bye.

Pretty much everybody underestimated the Raiders, who were playing their first game under interim coach Tony Sparano.

The Raiders led three times, including with 10 minutes left after rookie Derek Carr threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day, a 6-yarder to Andre Holmes to make it 28-21.

“It was tough. We were down. Kicking, scratching and clawing away,” Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd said Monday. “At one point it didn’t seem like we were going to pull it off, but we’ve got a lot of guys that stepped up.”

Floyd said it was tough because “they threw some things we weren’t expecting, some schemes we weren’t expecting. They started off fast. I don’t know if it was them getting off a bye week or not. They seemed like they were out there flying around.”

The Chargers avoided an upset loss thanks to Oliver, who scored on a 1-yard run to put the Chargers ahead by three with 1:56 left, and Verrett, who made a leaping interception with 1:13 left. Verrett grew up in Northern California and his brother works for the Raiders.

Rivers continued his torrid play, completing 22 of 34 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. His rating was 123.8, giving him a 120 or higher rating for an NFL-record fifth straight game.

There were rough spots, though, particularly on defense. Carr completed 18 of 34 passes for 282 yards, including TD throws of 77 yards to Holmes and 47 yards to Brice Butler.

Coach Mike McCoy declined to give updates on two key players who were injured Sunday, wide receiver Eddie Royal (ribs) and cornerback Brandon Flowers (groin).

McCoy appeared irritated Monday when asked why he didn’t use a timeout during the Oakland drive that ended with Sebastian Janikowski missing a 53-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half with the score tied at 14.

“It worked out right, right? I’m not going to second-guess any calls we made in the game,” McCoy said. “According to me it worked out exactly how I wanted it. He missed it. It worked out perfect to me. I’m not going to second-guess it. We did it and he missed it so it worked out just perfect.”

McCoy said he won’t second-guess himself, offensive coordinator Frank Reich, defensive coordinator John Pagano or special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer.

“I’m going to do every play, every second of every football game what I think is in the best interest and I’m not going to second-guess it,” McCoy said. “I’m not going to go back and say Frank didn’t do this, John didn’t do this, Kevin didn’t do this.

“Hey, it all starts with me as the head coach and I’m going to do everything I can, and every decision I make is in the best interest. … We’re not going to come in here and give an explanation for every single thing we do.”

The Chargers meet the Chiefs for the first time since Dec. 29, when San Diego won in overtime to clinch the AFC’s final playoff berth. Having already clinched a wild-card berth, the Chiefs rested 20 of 22 starters.

It still wasn’t easy for the Bolts, who allowed 332 yards and watched Ryan Succop push a 41-yard field goal attempt wide right with 4 seconds left in regulation.

The league later said the officials missed a penalty against San Diego that would have given Succop another shot from 5 yards closer.