ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, and Billy Butler and Josh Willingham had inning-starting homers for the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals in a 6-3 win at Texas on Friday night. The hard-throwing Ventura (10-9) allowed one run, four hits, and three walks.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jon Singleton's homer capped a four-run ninth inning and the Houston Astros took advantage of Cleveland's sloppy defense to defeat the Indians 5-1 on Friday night. Singleton hit a three-run drive off Cody Allen (4-3) after a pair of throwing errors by the worst defensive team in the majors. Houston took two of three at Yankee Stadium before coming to Cleveland, and has won four of five overall.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tony Romo and Ryan Tannehill both say they're ready for the start of the regular season. When Romo and the Dallas Cowboys visit Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night, plenty of eyes will predictably be on the quarterbacks. It's "dress rehearsal" weekend around the NFL, this being the point in the preseason where starters typically get their last shots at having some true game situations before things start for real next month.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the penalty says Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the ruling has not been made public. Manziel said he was reacting to taunting by the Redskins during Monday night's nationally televised game.
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