Along with cutting the two veterans, Kansas City waived 17 players and placed defensive back De'Quan Menzie and quarterback Alex Tanney on injured reserve.
Perfect through three innings, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (17-7) held the suddenly anemic St. Louis lineup hitless through four innings en route to a 10-0 complete game shutout.
Jeremy Guthrie effectively into the eighth inning and Alex Gordon hit a home run to lead the Royals over Detroit 2-1 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Washington pitcher Edwin Jackson struck out 10 in eight stellar innings Thursday night as the Nationals padded their NL East lead with an 8-1 win over the punchless Cardinals.
Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes in the first 1 1/2 quarters, giving the Rams an early lead in a 31-17 preseason win on Thursday night.
Green Bay backup quarterback Graham Harrell drove for touchdowns on all three of his possessions and the Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-3 Thursday night.
While going through rehab from knee surgery, St Louis Rams center Scott Wells and his wife finalized the adoption of three orphans from Uganda, a process that took nearly 18 months.
The Royals beat the Tigers for the second consecutive night. They did it with pitching and defense Wednesday night, getting Chen's best start of the year and turning a pair of inning-ending double plays to help him out.
Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez continued his season-long dominance of the Cardinals on Wednesday. His three-run shot in the third inning gave him seven home runs and 23 RBI in 15 games against St. Louis this year as Pittsburgh moved within one game of the NL's second wild card spot.
Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs and went 4 for 5 for Pittsburgh, which beat St. Louis 9-0 Tuesday to pull within two games of St. Louis in the race for the NL's second wild-card spot.
Moustakas secured the 9-8 win over the Tigers with a two-run single. The Royals' 2-through-6 hitters — Escobar, Gordon, Butler, Perez and Moustakas — combined for 12 hits and nine RBIs.
At 1-2 going into Thursday's final 2012 tuneup at Green Bay, Kansas City is a woebegone 7-28 in preseason games since 2004.
St. Louis' Matt Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th home run, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett, to put St. Louis ahead for good in a 4-3 victory over Monday night at Pittsburgh.
The Rams worked out the kinks privately Monday morning. They wrap up the preseason at home Thursday night against the Ravens with some position jobs still up for grabs. The Rams also waived wide receiver Danario Alexander, a former star at Missouri.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel sounded a bit perplexed by the direction the team is headed and admitted that it needs to figure out quickly what it does well.
Luke Hochevar pitched his second complete game of the season, holding down a Boston offense that collected 34 hits in the previous two games, but the Royals lost to the Red Sox 5-1 Monday in the series finale.
The New York Jets acquired Jason Smith from St. Louis Rams on Monday for Wayne Hunter.
James Loney hit 1 for 5 in his first professional game appearance. He hit a single to center as the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Sunday.
Holliday goes 4-5 as St. Louis records 17 hits off the Reds in Cincinnati.
Tony Abreu singled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, and the Royals came back from a six-run deficit by beating Boston 10-9 on Saturday night.