Three errors by Twins left fielder Ryan Doumit, combined with a big performance by Billy Butler, pushed the Royals past the Twins 10-5.
The Cardinals began the day with a one-game lead over Los Angeles for the second NL wild-card berth but were unable to finish off the San Diego Padres and have now lost 11 of their last 15 games.
The Pro Bowl linebacker was back on the practice field Wednesday after serving a suspension in Week 1 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He will try to bolster a pass rush Sunday at Buffalo that was virtually nonexistent in a 40-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last weekend.
The Rams lost Sunday for the 66th time in their past 81 games. But it has not dimmed their new-found competitive fire under first-year coach Jeff Fisher.
The San Diego Padres beat the Cardinals 6-4 Tuesday night to send the slumping World Series champions to their 10th loss in 14 games.
St. Louis, which has lost four of five, had its lead cut to one game over the idle Los Angeles Dodgers for the second NL wild-card berth.
Will Smith pitched seven shutout innings, Eric Hosmer hit a home run and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 on Tuesday night.
After serving his suspension, Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali will be back for next Sunday's game at Buffalo, but nothing is clear about the Chiefs' players who have been out with injuries.
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said an officials error basically gave Detroit Lions an extra timeout.
Shannon Eastin became the first woman to officiate an NFL game Thursday night, serving as the line judge for a seven-man crew working the preseason opener between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers.
Matthew Stafford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 27-23 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
With three Chiefs defenders injured, the Falcons pounced. But a touchdown run from Shaun Draughn gave the Chiefs a more respectable defeat.
The Brewers tied it in the ninth on Norichika Aoki's two-out, two-run homer off closer Jason Motte.
One day after the first-place White Sox snapped a six-game losing run against Kansas City, the Royals won for the 10th time in 15 games against Chicago this season.
An unheralded veteran linebacker will be taking the place of the Chiefs' Tamba Hali, who is suspended for Week 1 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
St. Louis has new starters on its offensive line entering it season opener Sunday against Detroit.
Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff triple in the 10th inning and scored on Young's single to lift the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday night.
The Royals clawed back with runs in the first and sixth, but Texas added three in the seventh. Kansas City added two more runs in the bottom half to keep it close, and the teams traded runs in the eighth before Texas closer Joe Nathan held on through a shaky ninth.
The likely Hall of Famer, one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, spent the first 12 years of his record-breaking career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Come Sunday, Tony Gonzalez will be lining up at Arrowhead Stadium as an opponent.
Chiefs players Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki tore the ACLs in their left knees in a three-week stretch that started with last year's preseason finale.