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Royals rout Jays

TORONTO—The Kansas City Royals were aggressive from the start last night and it paid off with one of their more lopsided wins of the season.

Swinging regularly at the first pitch against Brett Anderson, the Royals chased the Toronto starter early in a 15-5 rout of the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Bradford says knee is 'better'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—As the Minnesota Vikings plunged into a second week of uncertainty at their most important position, quarterback Sam Bradford offered reasons to believe he'll return swiftly from a left-knee injury.

That's the hope at team headquarters and among the fan base, at least, following Sunday's 26-9 loss at Pittsburgh with backup Case Keenum forced into action.

Lions roll over Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.

Eli Manning and the N.Y. Giants are heading in the opposite direction.

Stafford threw for two touchdowns, and rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return, as the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 last night.

Twins lose ground in playoff chase

NEW YORK—With the Yankees barely clinging to a late lead in a game with October implications, Aroldis Chapman made fast work of Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins.

Really fast.

Throwing all four pitches at least 100 m.p.h., Chapman worked out of big trouble in the eighth inning as New York edged Minnesota 2-1 last night to increase its AL wild-card cushion.

Leafs 'slapped' by Sens

OTTAWA—Pre-season game or not, Mike Babcock was less than impressed after the Ottawa Senators beat his Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 last night.

“Any way you look at it we got slapped,” said the Leafs' head coach.

Mike Hoffman scored twice to lead the Senators while Mark Stone, Tyler Randell, Gabriel Gagne, and Cody Ceci added singles.

Truex wins playoff opener

JOLIET, Ill.—Martin Truex Jr. stretched his arms to his side and waited for a shower of green slime—the coloured goop traditionally poured over the heads of game-show contestants and A-list celebrities.

Add NASCAR race winner to the list.

“It's a lot funner to watch people get slimed than it is to get slimed,” a smiling and sticky Truex said.