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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. P. A. Parenteau Devils Jersey . -- The Minnesota Vikings put up 30 points on the Arizona Cardinals to finally snap a four-game losing streak that had soured their season.On paper, that should be reason to celebrate for an offense that has struggled this season to sustain drives, open holes in the running game and put the ball in the end zone. But one of those touchdowns came on a 100-yard interception return by Xavier Rhodes, and another came on a 104-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson.The Vikings followed a similar path to victory on Sunday as they did during their 5-0 start to the season, during which they got two TDs and a safety from their defense and two more TDs from special teams to inflate their scoring numbers. They know that they cant expect to sustain that kind of production over the final six games of the season, starting in Detroit on Thursday.Any time we get help from our defense or special teams, obviously, its a huge help, quarterback Sam Bradford said. And its great to have that, but as an offense, we cant rely on that. Weve got to go out there expecting for us to go out and play well and put up enough points to win.The Vikings offense did score twice in the first half against the Cardinals, but managed just three points in the second half and put up 217 yards in the game. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur pulled out several different trick plays to try to loosen up the defense, using some wildcat formations to get a little production out of the leagues worst running game and even going to a flea-flicker that drew a penalty and set up another touchdown.I still think theres a lot of room for improvement, Bradford said. Weve got to be better in the second half. But there were some positives, and obviously, just to get a win. I think that just does a lot for this team and does a lot for this group. Hopefully thats something we can build on going forward.Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata combined to rush for 64 yards on 21 carries. Thats not a number that jumps out, but considering they entered the game on pace to become the first team to average under 3.0 yards per carry since the Patriots in 1994, it was viewed as a step in the right direction.Coach Mike Zimmer was encouraged by the ability to convert a third-and-1 and for Asiata to pound into the end zone from two yards out after watching his team fail over and over in short yardage situations during that four-game skid.Were not going to be Eric Dickerson yet, Zimmer said. Were working on the little things.There remains a possibility that injured star Adrian Peterson could return to the field sometime in December, though he still has a long way to go in the rehab process following surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee. Peterson has been out since Week 2 against Green Bay, but he was only averaging 1.6 yards per carry before he went down.In Petersons absence, Patterson has emerged as a playmaker that the Vikings offense sorely needs. The 2013 first-round draft choice went through a 20-game stretch from 2015 into this season where he had just four catches for 24 yards. But in the last seven games, Patterson has caught 32 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Those arent numbers that will make Julio Jones jealous, but its a start.Nothing is good as it seems and nothing is as bad as it seems, Zimmer said. 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Both benches were warned by umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroits Rick Porcello hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first inning. Both dugouts stayed calm and nothing further developed. Rays manager Joe Maddon didnt particularly like seeing Zobrist get plunked. "I thought it was absolutely uncalled for, and hopefully the league will take a look at it," Maddon said. The Rays did not retaliate Sunday, but Maddon added "theres many more opportunities to play good, hard baseball, and we will." A day earlier, Miguel Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after he struck out in the 10th inning. Fernando Rodney had thrown a high-and-tight fastball before fanning the Tigers star. "I dont debate, this guy is outstanding," Maddon said of Cabrera. "Hes wonderful. I just wish he wouldnt cry so much." Zobrist walked to first base after being struck on the wrist with two outs and no one on base. "I just assumed it would happen today at some point because of what was said last night," Zobrist said. "I just said to one of the umpires on the way to first, I was like, Hey, that was intentional. You guys know it. I think we should do something about that. But they chose not to." Maddon pointed out that Jhonny Peralta took an in-tight pitch from Rodney on Sunday and there was no response. "Peralta got the same pitch that Cabrera got last night, with the same kind of a moment, and nobodys worried about Peralta," Maddon said. "So, if Im Jhonny Peralta, Im upset right now. Im not getting that same kind of reaction from everybody that Cabrera got last night. Overreaction, no reaction." Porcello said he was surprised by the warning. "I tried to throw a fastball in and it just got away from me," Porcello said. Before Sundays game, Detroit manager Jim Leyland said "thats history" when asked about the Cabrera incident. After Saturdays game, however, Leyland said: "Throwing in that area is not acceptable, and somebody pays the price for that throughout baseball. Thats just the way baseball is." "History repeated itself in the first inning," Maddon said. Adam Henrique Jersey. Leyland said "nobodys trying to hit anybody." "What do you want to talk about?" Leyland said. "Thats part of baseball. Guys get hit in baseball games. Thats nothing new. We got three guys hit last week, we hit a couple guys last week. Thats all part of the game. A guy got hit. Big deal." Hellickson (7-3) allowed one run over six-plus innings. He tied the team record for victories in one month held by Matt Moore, David Price and Scott Kazmir. "Thats outstanding," Maddon said. Rodney pitched the ninth for his 17th save. Cabrera hit his 25th homer this season for the Tigers, sending a shot into a fish tank beyond the wall. Porcello stumbled while in his delivery when facing Zobrist in the third and threw a pitch that landed well in front of the plate. Porcello (4-6) went six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. Cabrera, booed before each of his at-bats, tied it at 1 with a fourth-inning homer that gave him a 15-game hitting streak. His drive was the second -- joining Luis Gonzalezs shot in 2007 -- to go into the fish tank just to the right of centre field that is home to a group of cownose rays. James Loney extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double in the second and scored on a single by Jose Lobaton to put the Rays up 1-0. Lobaton drove in another run with a single during a two-run fourth that made it 3-1. Yunel Escobar had a bases-loaded walk in the inning. Hellickson left with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh. Reliever Jake McGee bailed out the Rays starter by retiring three straight batters to end the threat. "That was unbelievable," Hellickson said. "To get out of that was pretty amazing." NOTES: Leyland, this years AL All-Star team manager, supports the idea that all teams have a player in the contest. "You can get a lot of arguments because its probably not a true All-Star team when you have to have somebody from every team, but I love the fact that every uniform is represented at the All-Star game," Leyland said. "I think thats really a nice touch." ... Rays 3B Evan Longoria (plantar fasciitis) missed his second consecutive game. ... Denny McLain, the majors last 30-game winner, was at the ballpark. He did it in 1968 with the Tigers. ... Cabrera went 1 for 4 and had his major league-best batting average drop two points to .373. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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