KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer last night in the Texas Rangers’ 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals. Michael Young also went deep for the Rangers and Ian Kinsler added a pair of hits. Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each hit an RBI double for the Royals. The Royals will try to even the four game series tonight at the K; first pitch at 7:10 p.m.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — R.A. Dickey became the first pitcher in the majors to reach 18 wins this season after the New York Mets topped the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 yesterday. Ike Davis hit a three-run homer to back Dickey’s performance. Adam Wainwright took the loss for St. Louis after giving up five runs in five innings. The Cardinals have the day off as they travel to Milwaukee for a weekend series against the Brewers.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rams first-round pick Michael Brockers didn’t practice yesterday as St. Louis prepares to play the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s season opener. Brockers was the 14th overall pick after two years at LSU. Fellow defensive tackles Matt Conrath and Darell Scott also sat out yesterday’s practice.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The trio of Kansas City Chiefs who tore the ACLs in their left knees last year is preparing to return to the field. Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki are expected to play in Sunday’s season opener against Atlanta. The players were injured in a three-week stretch that started with last year’s preseason finale.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has died. He was 87. The team said Modell died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had been admitted Wednesday. A cause of death was not given. Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns, which became the Ravens after he took the team to Baltimore in 1996 in a move that tarnished his reputation as one of the league’s most innovative and influential owners. During his four decades as an NFL owner, Modell helped negotiate the league’s lucrative contracts with television networks, served as president of the NFL from 1967 to 1969, and chaired the negotiations for the first the collective bargaining agreement with the players in 1968. He also was the driving force behind the 1970 contract between the NFL and ABC to televise games on Monday night.