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    鈥?While winning at Lambeau Field means a lot to the Minnesota Vikings Dallas Goedert Youth Jersey , the NFC North champions have bigger goals in mind.A first-round playoff bye is well within reach, and could be secured as soon as Sunday.The Vikings took care of business on their end with a 16-0 victory Saturday night over the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers, the team’s first shutout in 24 years. Having already clinched the division title, Minnesota (12-3) can wrap up a first-round bye if the Carolina Panthers lose or tie on Sunday against Tampa Bay.“I’m hoping we can get one more win, work on some things we need to work on … and then go out and play our rear ends off in the playoffs,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.Stefon Diggs caught a 4-yard pass from quarterback Case Keenum just inside the back line of the end zone in the first quarter for the only touchdown. After the game, Keenum stopped before heading up the tunnel at Lambeau, clapping his hands above his head while Vikings fans chanted “Skol! Skol!”They felt right at home in Titletown.“Defense played absolutely incredible today, and we did enough. It doesn’t matter how, it matters how many,” Keenum said.The Packers (7-8) managed to hold a 239-236 edge in total yards. They were still shut out twice in a season for the first time since 2006.“I never felt more defeated, more embarrassed by a performance. Yeah Darius Leonard Youth Jersey , we had opportunities, and we didn’t connect when we did,” receiver Randall Cobb said.In its defense, the team fielded a lineup that often looked like one coach Mike McCarthy might send out for a game late in the preseason. The Packers had already been eliminated from playoff contention.Brett Hundley was 17 of 40 for 130 yards with two interceptions in taking over at quarterback again for Aaron Rodgers, who returned to injured reserve this week after missing seven games earlier in the year with a collarbone injury.“It’s so frustrating just because of the fact that I know what I can do,” Hundley said. “But to go out there and not be consistent 鈥?which is my number one goal 鈥?and just give our team an opportunity to win each game, that hurts.”MINNESOTA MILESTONES: The Vikings forced an incompletion into the end zone on fourth-and-4 from the 14 early in the fourth quarter to turn away the Packers’ last best effort to cross the goal line. Minnesota safety Harrison Smith ended another Green Bay drive with an interception at the Vikings 5 late in the second quarter. Minnesota left frigid Lambeau Field with its first shutout since a 13-0 win over Detroit on Dec. 5, 1993. It was the first shutout over the Packers since Nov. 14, 1971.THAT HURTS: Starting outside linebackers Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Nick Perry (ankle/shoulder) missed the game for Green Bay, along with cornerback Damarious Randall (hamstring). The Packers didn’t have leading receiver Davante Adams, who is in the concussion protocol, and then lost wideout Jordy Nelson and tight end Richard Rodgers to shoulder injuries in the first half.“Injuries are unfortunate. We had a lot of opportunities tonight. We didn’t make the plays Jarvis Landry Jersey Youth ,” McCarthy said.FROZEN TUNDRA: The hard turf at chilly Lambeau didn’t help, either, as some players had trouble with their footing early in the game. With the Packers unable to connect on medium-to-long-range passes, their best plays came when Hundley broke free for big gains on the run .In the stands, fans bundled up in parkas, huddled under blankets and sipped on free hot chocolate to stay warm. Purple-clad Minnesota backers celebrated on a night when temperatures were in the single digits.STAT WATCH: Diggs finished with five catches for 60 yards. Keenum was 14 of 25 for 139 yards. … The Packers were also shut out 23-0 by Baltimore on Nov. 19. … Hundley finished the home schedule having thrown no touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games at Lambeau.INJURY REPORT: The Vikings said left guard Nick Easton will have surgery after breaking his right ankle in the first quarter. Long snapper Kevin McDermott (shoulder) left late in the second quarter, with backup TE David Morgan taking over snapping duties. … For the Packers, RT Jason Spriggs was carted off the field with a knee injury on the first play from scrimmage. Justin McCray, who was starting at right guard for Jahri Evans (knee), slid over to tackle with Lucas Patrick taking over at guard. … Green Bay RB Aaron Jones (knee) didn’t return after getting hurt in the first half. On a day four more players went down, the Los Angeles Angels showed their depth and resiliency.

    Ian Kinsler homered and drew a bases-loaded walk, Mike Trout had three hits and a sacrifice fly Jason Witten Jersey , and the injury-plagued Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Friday night to snap a four-game skid.

    Tyler Skaggs (6-4) struck out eight over seven strong innings, allowing no earned runs and seven hits with one walk. He improved to 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in June.

    ”Tyler was right on the money tonight. He had all his pitches working,” manager Mike Scioscia said.

    The Angels placed four more players on the disabled list Friday, bringing their total to a franchise-record 15 on the DL at one time and leaving just 12 members of the opening day roster. The A’s in 2016 were the last club to have 15 players simultaneously on the DL.

    It was a nice boost for Skaggs to get a big lead early and see his teammates come out strong despite all the injuries.

    ”It’s a testament to (GM) Billy Eppler. You look at our farm system a few years ago, we’d have never be able to do this,” Skaggs said. ”We’re still growing and a lot of guys stepped up tonight.”

    Jose Briceno and Jose Miguel Fernandez had RBI singles in the third as Los Angeles bounced back with a big offensive night after having lost four straight following a six-game winning streak. The Angels avoided matching their longest losing streak of the season.

    Skaggs didn’t allow a run until consecutive RBI doubles by Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien in the fifth.

    But Oakland again didn’t score for starter Chris Bassitt (0-2), who was done after four innings after he allowed six runs – only two earned on a sloppy night of fielding for the home team – on seven hits.

    Bassitt hurt his cause when he fielded Albert Pujols‘ first-inning grounder and threw high over first baseman Matt Olson’s head, allowing two runs to score.

    ”The early part of the game was about as bad as we’ve played,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

    Oakland dropped its fourth straight game on the heels of a sweep by World Series champion Houston the previous three days.

    Bassitt was brought back up from Triple-A Nashville for his fourth big league stint of 2018, this time to fill Trevor Cahill’s spot in the rotation.

    The right-hander is 0-8 over his last 12 starts dating to Aug. 21, 2015.

    He received no runs of support for a second straight outing – the seventh time in 25 career starts the A’s failed to score for him – and he has received two or fewer runs of support in 21 of his 25 starts.

    Angels reliever Justin Anderson received a mound visit from Scioscia and a trainer after loading the bases with two outs in the ninth, and Scioscia said afterward one of the pitcher’s fingernails had cracked. Anderson then allowed a run on a wild pitch.


    Angels: Going on the DL Friday for the Angels were INF Zack Cozart (partially dislocated left shoulder) Will Hernandez Game Jersey , RHP Jim Johnson (lower back strain), RHP Garrett Richards (strained left hamstring) and RHP Nick Tropeano (inflammation in his pitching shoulder). The Angels called up four righty pitchers from Triple-A Salt Lake: Eduardo Paredes, Akeel Morris, Felix Pena and Jake Jewell. … SS Andrelton Simmons (sprained right ankle) ran the bases for a second straight day and is making progress, Scioscia said. Simmons was taking batting practice as well.

    Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman is set to be placed on the DL on Saturday with a bruised right hand that also bothered him in spring. He may see a specialist. An MRI showed no structural damage, Melvin said. Chapman’s consecutive games streak ended at 149 games dating to last season. He and Olson were only players to appear in first 69 games, while Olson played in his 70th straight this season Friday.


    Angels: LHP John Lamb will be called up from Triple-A to start Saturday, meaning the Angels must make another move by designating someone for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster.

    Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.49) pitches for the A’s, having gone 1-4 with a 5.93 ERA over his last eight starts.


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