Getting the deal done before training camp was a priority for Rams defensive end Chris Long. Getting other core players locked up is a priority for the new regime led by coach Jeff Fisher.
It's been the offseason of disrespect for Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who got booed at a charity softball game. Kansas City openly pursued to replace him with free agent Peyton Manning.
Seattle swept Kansas City in a four-game set for the first time since May 2001.
Starlin Castro led off the 10th with a single against Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) and Anthony Rizzo followed with his seventh homer of the season to lift the Cubs over the Cardinals.
St. Louis rookie pitcher Joe Kelly struck out a career-best six, including four straight at one point in the Cardinals 3-2 loss Saturday at Chicago.
Lorenzo Cain hit an RBI triple for the Royals with two outs in the ninth inning before Alex Gordon grounded out leaving Kansas City with a 4-3 loss Saturday to the Seattle Mariners.
Kansas City second-year wide receiver Jon Baldwin entered camp this week as the Chiefs' de facto No. 1 wide receiver due to Dwayne Bowe's holdout.
After a year away from the NFL, new Rams coach Jeff Fisher is rebuilding a franchise that has averaged just three victories the past five seasons.
Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Lance Berkman started a power show by the St. Louis Cardinals, who became the first team in eight years to hit a home run in each of the first five innings and went on to beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6 Friday.
Taken together, the knee injuries that took out the Pro Bowl running back, Pro Bowl safety and promising tight end before the 2011 season probably had more to do with last year's dismal campaign than any other factor.
Vargas (11-7) allowed just a fourth-inning double during his eight innings, while striking out five and walking three.
Trumaine Johnson provided the final piece of the rookie class when he arrived a bit later than scheduled. A cornerback out of Montana, he slept through his alarm and missed his flight Wednesday morning after being the last rookie to come to terms with the team.
The Cardinals answered the Dodgers' four-run fifth with four runs in the bottom half and Matt Holliday added his 17th homer in the sixth. They're 5½ games back in the NL Central but answered a 1-5 trip to open the second half with a combination of strong starting and offense that scored seven or more runs in four of the wins.
Rafael Furcal singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals dampened the Dodgers debut of Hanley Ramirez, beating Los Angeles 3-2 Wednesday night.
Jered Weaver won his seventh straight start to tie a career-best, Mike Trout and Torii Hunter homered, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 11-6 on Wednesday.
Will Smith (2-3) allowed a run, struck out four and walked four in a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over the club that drafted him in 2007 and traded him to Kansas City in 2010.
The Cardinals purchased the contract of 36-year-old lefty Brian Fuentes from Double-A Springfield in time for Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers.
The Cardinals beat the Angels 8-2, ending Los Angeles' five-game winning streak.
The Summer Olympics, which begin Friday, will feature 5,535 hours of coverage, but even more will be available through online streaming.
Los Angeles rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat Kansas City 6-3 on Monday night in Anaheim, Calif.