ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers took care of business a night before the opener of a four-game NL West showdown at home against division-leading Arizona. Backed by three solo homers, Alex Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and the Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 3-1, matching a season-best with their fifth straight victory. Cody Bellinger and Manny Machado hit first-pitch homers off Mike Minor (10-7). Yasmani Grandal also went deep for the defending National League champion Dodgers.

UNDATED (AP) — The major league-leading Boston Red Sox are hoping for good news on pitcher David Price after the left-hander exited Wednesday night's start against Miami with a bruised left wrist. Price was hit by a line drive. The team said X-rays were negative and further testing will be done if necessary. The Red Sox lead the AL East by 7½ games over the New York Yankees.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Williams sisters will meat on court for the 16th time at a major on Friday in the third round of the U.S. Open. Serena Williams set up the highly anticipated matchup at Flushing Meadows by hitting 13 aces and overwhelming 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-2, 6-2 in a little more than an hour in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night. Hours earlier, across the way at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Venus Williams did her part with another straight-sets victory, eliminating 40th-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5. Serena Williams leads the series against her sister 17-12, including 10-5 at majors.

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal dispatched Vasek Pospisil to set up a third-round clash with Karen Khachanov at the US Open. Nadal took exactly two hours to clinch a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, with the only moment of alarm coming in the second set when he dropped serve to trail 4-2. But Nadal broke straight back and a run of four games in a row gave him the second set, with the third largely one-way traffic.

DATELINE (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has a new contract with the Green Bay Packers that makes him once again, the NFL's highest-paid player. The two-time NFL MVP signed a four-year extension worth $134 million, with more than $100 million in guaranteed money. Rodgers' new annual average salary of $33.5 million per year would eclipse Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's five-year extension worth $30 million a year.