Jason Vargas (10-6) allowed 11 hits and walked four in his six innings, though the Rangers only managed three runs (two earned) against the left-hander.
St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford reinjured the left knee he had surgery on last season and the Rams had four other starters hurt in a 33-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night.
More than most, Kenny Britt can relate to the drama unfolding just a few miles from Rams Park in Ferguson.
Alex Gordon had two hits, including a first-inning homer for his 15th of the season, and made a diving catch in left field for the American League Central leaders.
Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 and closed within a half-game of National League Central-leading Milwaukee.
The Chiefs' Alex Smith was just 14 of 24 for 124 yards with two red-zone interceptions, and the Chiefs' first-team offense only managed a 21-yard field goal by Cairo Santos.
U.S. team officials selected the 12 players who will travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers
Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, he walked three and got help from inning-starting homers by Billy Butler and Josh Willingham to beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night.
Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kendrick overcame a rocky opening inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
Failing to make any magic happen in his first two NFL preseason games and unable to close the gap enough to beat out Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel will begin the season as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback, matching his uniform number. It's not a major surprise given he's had to learn a complex offense and he entered training camp behind Hoyer.
Total penalties are up nearly 44 percent from the first two preseason games last year, according to figures released by the NFL. More specifically, there have been 55 illegal contact penalties compared to eight last year, and 107 holds compared to 20 during the 2013 preseason.
The three-time World Cup veteran asked U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to not consider him for the roster until September 2015. The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League.
Serena Williams, 32, has won 17 Grand Slam titles. At age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament.
The St. Louis Rams invited all three schools from the Ferguson-Florissant School District to use their indoor practice facility for the remainder of the week. Missouri's high school season begins Friday.
Around Kansas City, Eric Fisher has become a popular scapegoat for the struggles of the offense, part of the burden that comes with being the No. 1 overall draft pick. But there are reasons to believe that he will eventually turn the corner, even if it takes a magnifying glass to see them.
Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam, Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings and the Colorado Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
"It didn't hurt my feelings one bit beating him," right-hander Lance Lynn said after working seven scoreless innings against 15-game winner Johnny Cueto in St. Louis' 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. "You see all the leader boards and you see his name up at the top. I outpitched him tonight, so yeah."
Whether it was San Francisco and Seattle, the league's best rivalry, meeting in the NFC championship game, or the Seahawks posting the most lopsided Super Bowl victory in two decades by routing Denver, the profile of the NFC West is drastically different from a few years ago.
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.