Another Blue Jays Troy Tulowitzki sim game, then rehab for Stroman

ARLINGTON — Marcus Stroman will pitch in another simulated game on Friday morning and is then Troy Tulowitzki Jersey tentatively scheduled to begin a brief rehab assignment with Class A Lansing on Sept. 2.

Stroman likely will be limited to 40 pitches in the simulated game. From there he will throw approximately 55 in a start for Lansing, and after that he is scheduled to be in the 70-75-pitch range for an outing with Triple-A Buffalo on Sept. 7.

Toronto has yet to rule out the possibility of Stroman joining the rotation upon his return to the big leagues, but a more realistic scenario would see him used out of the bullpen. Before the club makes Troy Tulowitzki Canada Day Jersey any official announcement, it will wait to see how the next two weeks unfold.

“We haven’t gotten that far,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We’re just going to see how he is. We’re having him stretched out. Like we said before, it’s always easier to shorten somebody up, so at any point in time, if we say, ‘He has that one outing in Lansing and we want to put him in the bullpen as a two-inning guy,’ we can do that.

“Right now he’s being stretched out to start because at least it gives us more options, more flexibility. We’re not committing to anything because we just don’t know how his stuff’s going to be, how his Tulo Jersey Blue Jays command’s going to be.”

The latest rehab schedule is a slight change from the one Stroman was believed to be following. Reports originally had him joining Buffalo on Sept. 2, but instead he’ll get one start with Lansing before completing the Minor League season on Sept. 7 in Buffalo.

Stroman, who underwent surgery on his knee in March, made his return to the mound on Monday with a 40-pitch simulated game at the club’s Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla He appeared to be overjoyed with the way things went and afterward talked about his desire to return as a starter but also added he would be willing to pitch in whatever role the Custom Blue Jays Jersey need.

Anthopoulos was asked on Wednesday whether the club needed to temper Stroman’s expectations for September, but that’s not something he plans to do.

“That’s who he is,” Anthopoulos said. “You know the guy, you’re never going to temper him. We told him before, if there are any concerns, we’re going to shut him down. So we told him that, but you never want to take someone’s enthusiasm away, his work ethic away.

“As long as there are no issues from a medical standpoint, let him be as excited and as confident, great. He’s rehabbing, he’s worked hard, he deserves it, he has earned it, don’t ever want to take Tulo Blue Jays Jersey that away from him, and hopefully we don’t have to.”

What we learned: Mathis, Vick finally clock back in

We don’t usually see a high-profile player land with a new team in the last week of August. But that’s what happened twice in a span of two hours on Tuesday evening.

We’ll start in Denver, where Peyton Manning Tennessee Volunteers Jersey is no doubt sleeping better tonight. The Broncos signed two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis to a one-year deal, the perfect win-now move for the ultimate win-now team. The Broncos started three lineman without a snap of NFL experience in their most recent preseason game, a disaster in waiting with the 39-year-old Manning behind center.

Mathis remains an upper-tier guard, and he brings veteran leadership to a positional group that DeAndre Hopkins Jersey skewed far too green. Mathis and Louis Vasquez represent perhaps the best 1-2 guard punch in the NFL. Not a bad day’s work by John Elway, who seems to know how to get every penny out of the salary cap.

The Broncos move was meat and potatoes. The Steelers provided some sizzle with their signing of quarterback Michael Vick. The team obviously wasn’t happy to lose Bruce Gradkowski to a season-ending hand injury on Sunday, but Vick represents an upgrade at the position, even at 35 years old and in a state of decline.

Roethlisberger has been a warrior throughout his career, fighting through injuries that would put a less big Ben in the ICU. But the addition of Vick keeps hope in the building if Roethlisberger were to miss substantial time. Vick will never again be the guy he was in Atlanta, or even the QB who emerged from prison with the Eagles. But he still has something, and that could get magnified playing the best offense he’s ever been associated with.

Here’s what else happened on Tuesday:

1. The Cowboys lost their top cornerback, Orlando Scandrick, to a torn ACL and MCL Tuesday afternoon, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Obviously it’s a huge blow for Jason Garrett’s defense.

2. In a post-Jordy world in Green Bay, the Custom Packers Jesey appear ready to give Ty Montgomery the first shot at a bigger role.

3. If Michael Bennett thinks he isn’t paid fairly, maybe he shouldn’t have signed that team-friendly extension with the Seahawks. Blame your agent, not Brian Hoyer.

4. Odell Beckham Jr. thought Jaguars defensive backs were going after him when they should have been going after the ball this weekend. Should he expect more of this?

5. Rex Ryan insists he’s cool with the Bills taking an unsettled QB position through the third game of the preseason. “This was the scenario I wanted,” he said. Can Rex be trusted with his latest QB hunch? (Jets fans violently shake their heads.) Good news for Rex: Percy Harvin is back on the field.

6. AJ McCarron will be Andy Dalton’s backup in Cincinnati. This means curtains for Josh Johnson.

7. Victor Cruz’s comeback trail has a momentary obstruction in the form of a balky calf. Tom Coughlin admits he’s concerned about the injury.

8. For the second time in three weeks, the Patriots have traded for offensive line help. On Tuesday, the team acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a draft pick.

9. Ryan Mallett lost his competition with Brian Hoyer Jersey and he’s not happy about it. Kudos to Mallett for not spouting out Jock Speak here.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast discusses Jordy Nelson’s knee injury and gives its winners and losers from Week 2 of the preseason.

Arrieta first to 15 wins Mike Trout Jersey as Cubs rout Braves

CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo smacked a three-run homer in the third and Addison Russelladded a solo shot in the fourth to back Mike Trout Jake Arrieta and power the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Braves on Thursday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Chris Coghlan drove in two runs to help Chicago stay four games behind Pittsburgh in the National League Wild Card Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 27 Mike Trout Youth Authentic Home White Cool Base Jersey standings. The Cubs, though, have bigger plans.

“I think still at this point in time, we don’t intend to be a Wild Card,” Arrieta said. “We still think we can win our division. … We’re still in a position here where we can jump some guys if we can get hot and have some good fortune with the teams ahead of us.”

Arrieta now leads the Major Leagues with Mike Trout Youth Jersey 15 wins, and posted his 12th consecutive quality start. He’s 9-1 in the dozen games with a 1.26 ERA. He was pulled after six scoreless innings, and wanted to go deeper but manager Joe Maddon is trying to keep the right-hander fresh for October.

“Our expectation is to play longer, and he’s not done that,” Maddon said. “I want him to be well for that moment. Regardless of how they feel Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 27 Mike Trout Youth Authentic Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey now, you’ve got to make those decisions.”

Both Cubs homers came off hard-throwing Mike Foltynewicz, although Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez missed seeing them after being ejected in the third for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Doug Eddings.

“I see Folty out there battling and getting after it,” said Gonzalez, whose team has lost 19 of its past 21 road games. “So after a few Women’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Authentic Mike Trout 2014 Home White Cool Base Jersey times of seeing him get frustrated with his body language, I just said a few things.”

Thursday was the first day of what Maddon has dubbed “American Legion” week. There was no batting practice and players were told not to report until four hours before first pitch at the earliest. And they’ll do it again on Friday.

Rizzo was one of the few Cubs who didn’t hit in the just completed two-game series against the Tigers, going 1-for-10, but he but made up for that in the third inning. The Cubs had two on and one out, and Mike Trout Women’s Jersey after Gonzalez was ejected, Coghlan hit a RBI single and Rizzo followed with his 24th home run. He now has 73 RBIs, and should easily top his career high of 80 RBIs set in 2013.

“Keeping that ball fair is quite a feat,” Maddon said. “That kid [Foltynewicz] has a great arm. Fastball in, to stay inside on that ball and have it not hook, that’s not easy to do. That’s obviously a big play there.”

Foltynewicz surrendered seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, but his line overshadowed how impressive his stuff was. His fastball consistently sat between 97-99 mph and he produced some effective sliders. But he still allowed at least two homers for the fourth time Majestic Authentic Womens Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Pink Splash Jersey in his past six starts. Rizzo hit his three-run shot on a 98-mph inside heater that came back enough over the plate to catch the sweet spot of his bat. Russell’s solo shot came against a 1-0 slider — a pitch the Braves rookie has working to consistently bury down in the zone.

“I’ve just got to refine the off-speed [pitches] a little better and I think I’m heading in the right direction,” Foltynewicz said. “They just came out swinging it pretty well tonight.”

When Freddie Freeman returned to Atlanta’s lineup for Wednesday’s game in San Diego, he felt he was reacting late to pitches Mike Trout All Star Jersey. But he seemingly made a quick adjustment as he notched a pair of hits against the Cubs, including an eighth-inning single that helped move Nick Markakis into position to score on Adonis Garcia’s sacrifice fly.

Rookie Kris Bryant left the game after five innings but the Cubs said it was because of the lopsided score and a chance to give him a breather. Bryant was visibly wincing on Wednesday after fouling a ball off his foot, but stayed in the game and totaled a career-high four hits. On Thursday against the Braves, he reached on a fielder’s choice in the second, and struck out in the third and fifth innings. He fouled a ball off his leg or foot in the third.Jonathan Herrera took over at third base in the sixth.

Shelby Miller will take the mound when Atlanta and Chicago resume their four-game series on Friday at 4:05 p.m. ET. Miller has posted a 3.03 ERA during his current 16-start winless streak that has been a product of meager run support. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Sunday’s start against the D-backs.

Kyle Hendricks will start the second game of this four-game series, and hopes to have fixed some mechanical issues. The right-hander has had trouble with his balance, and looked at video from his Mike Trout Jersey Double-A games in hopes of correcting the problem. He’s 4-1 with a 3.25 ERA in his last nine starts. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT.

Edwin Encarnacion back after missing four games

TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion was back in action for the Blue Jays in the series opener against the Yankees on Friday at Rogers Centre. He’d missed the previous four games with a jammed left middle finger. He went 1-for-2 during Toronto’s 4-3 loss.

The injury originally occurred in late July, causing Encarnacion to sit out a pair of games. It resurfaced last weekend against the Yankees in New York. He had been out since Saturday.

“He’s feeling good,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He feels good enough to play. Hopefully it doesn’t flare up again. We’ll see. He’s ready to go.”

Having Encarnacion back in the lineup could be a boost for the Blue Jays Jersey Cheap as they open a key three-game series against the American League East-rival Yankees. Prior to his injury, Encarnacion had been heating up, hitting .333 with a 1.025 OPS and three homers in 19 games since the All-Star break.

Chris Colabello had been picking up the slack and hitting cleanup in the designated-hitter’s role in Encarnacion’s absence, while Justin Smoak assumed first-base duties. With Encarnacion out of the lineup, Colabello briefly saw an everyday role and benefited from regular at-bats, going 6-for-14 in the last four games.

Going forward, Gibbons said he’ll find ways to work Colabello into the lineup. He would likely see time at first base depending on pitching matchups, and at DH in the event that Edwin Encarnacion Jersey is in need of an off-day.

Staying healthy Nolan Ryan Jersey and strong’ is key for Harper

LOS ANGELES — Getting and keeping the varsity on the field has become a National storyline. Of course, the California Angels Throwback Jersey Beltway has bigger international issues to address, but it’s a concern nonetheless.

If it’s not Jayson Werth’s fractured left wrist, it’s Ryan Zimmerman’s plantar fasciitis. If it’s not Anthony Rendon’s knee, it’s the cranky obliques of Stephen Strasburg and Denard Span that raise red flags.

Now it’s Bryce Harper’s knee — the left one. This is one part of the team’s anatomy that must be relatively healthy in order for the Nationals to take flight as anticipated with their Rainbow Houston Astros Authentic Nolan Ryan Mitchell and Ness Orange Cooperstown Jersey star-studded cast.

Harper was a scratch on Tuesday night against Zack Greinke after banging the knee against the Dodger Stadium turf in Monday night’s series opener, taken 8-3 by the Nationals with the kind of power display their fans have been waiting to celebrate.

Playing with customary aggression, Harper landed hard in the third inning on what becameJose Peraza’s first Major League hit, a triple, as the Dodgers’ temporary second baseman with Howie Kendrick shelved by a hamstring ailment. A charging Harper couldn’t make the catch, but he stayed in the game and made a laser throw and sprawling stab, showcasing the Gold Glove-caliber abilities that complete his total game.

“Overnight, there was pretty significant swelling,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “He’s walking fine but has limited mobility. We’ll see how it is [on Wednesday]. On occasion he bangs that knee. He doesn’t have a problem structurally, so it’s day-to-day.”

If Harper can’t make it in the finale of the series on Wednesday, fans will be deprived of one of the most thrilling confrontations in the sport: Clayton Kershaw, the winner of the 2014 NL MVP Award, vs. Harper, the early favorite to succeed him.

Harper plays with a fierce intensity, but he speaks softly and politely one-on-one, sprinkling sentences with “sir.” There seems to be a calmly planned, specific purpose to everything the Nationals’ young superstar does.

An independent thinker, he said he generally refrains from taking batting practice against right-handed pitching. Really, what’s the point? He’s crushing righties to the tune of .336/.466/.680 this season, with 24 of his 29 home runs. Why mess with success?

“Taking BP off a lefty helps me keep my front side in,” Harper said. “Lefties get you where you want to be.”

Lefties frequently get left-handed hitters, even really good ones, tied to the bench in a platoon. This thinking doesn’t apply as often to right-handed hitters facing righties, largely because there are so many more of those on both sides of the equation.

Harper is a rare exception to this and many other traditional theories.

One of the most remarkable aspects of his brilliant 2015 season is that he has clubbed lefties almost as thoroughly as righties with a .327/.444/.582 slash line.

“I’ve been healthy,” Harper said on Monday night when asked for an explanation. “I haven’t taken a month and a half, two months off. Staying healthy and strong, that’s the key for me.”

With all the injured parties around him, Harper has been more valuable to his team than any player in the league. He’s the NL’s answer to the Angels’ Mike Trout, his former Arizona Fall League teammate.

Harper’s success from the left side against Nolan Ryan Houston Astros Jersey lefties underscores his growth as a hitter at 22 in his fourth season.

“I never had a problem with lefties growing up,” Harper said. “I raked against them in college, around .350.”

Harper rarely gets cheated, but manages to make fairly consistent contact for a power hitter. He has almost as many walks (82) as strikeouts (90).

Kershaw has had the upper hand in their three meetings. Harper is 1-for-9 with six strikeouts, but that one hit was a home run. He unloaded to right center on a first-pitch fastball at Dodger Stadium last Sept. 2 in the seventh inning. It was the only blemish in Kershaw’s 4-1 victory.

On July 18 in D.C., in the first series after the All-Star break, Kershaw dominated the Nationals with 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings. Harper was victimized three times.

When Kenley Jansen replaced the ace in the ninth, Harper slammed a two-run homer for the only runs in his team’s 4-2 loss.

The return of Zimmerman and Werth, the right-handed boppers, should enable Harper, the team’s No. 3 hitter, to see more pitches in his happy zone.

Since coming off the disabled list on July 28 along with Werth, Zimmerman has been on fire: seven doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs in 14 games, batting .333.

“It’s great having those guys back in the lineup behind me,” Harper said. “It helps everybody, not just me.”

If Harper’s absence is brief and the varsity is back in business, it’s bad news for the front-running Mets and the rest of the NL East.

“I think we’re getting Nolan Ryan Jersey there,” Zimmerman said. “It’ll be nice to get everyone back. It’s that time of the year.”

Texans holding steady with RB group like Arian Foster

Head coach Bill O’Brien had no update after Friday’s practice on Arian Foster, who is expected to miss time with a groin surgery and may require surgery. Veteran back Chris Polk, signed this offseason, has also missed time in camp with a hamstring issue.

As of right now, the Texans haven’t added another body to the position group since Foster’s injury on Monday night.

“Well, obviously we are continuing to look at all the rosters,” general manager and executive vice president Rick Smith said Friday. “You have to manage these training camp rosters, as you know, with injuries. Right now, we didn’t make a move immediately because we felt like we’re okay. Chris Polk is on the mend, so hopefully he’ll be back soon. So we’ll just keep adjusting to whatever happens out here on the field.”

The running game has relied on second-year back Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, fullback Jay Prosch, and rookie Kenny Hilliard in the absence of Arian Foster Jersey. The Texans continue training camp in Richmond, Virginia with a final joint practice with the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

Wrigley Blue Jays jersey cheap cleared after postgame Joe Carter bomb threat

CHICAGO — Wrigley Field was evacuated shortly after Blue Jays Jersey Cheap Sunday’s Cubs win over the Giants because of a bomb threat.

The grounds crew was hurried off the field around 5:45 p.m. CT, and then security staff came up to the press box and asked the media to leave. Bomb-sniffing dogs checked the ballpark, and after a nearly one-hour wait, the grounds crew, stadium staff and media were allowed back in.

A police officer at the ballpark confirmed the bomb threat, which came after the game had ended, and the Cubs issued a statement:

“Following our game this afternoon, we received a bomb threat and took swift action to clear the few remaining fans, players, staff and media from the ballpark. After a thorough search by law enforcement, no evidence was found to suggest this threat was credible. We take safety at Wrigley Field seriously and are working with law enforcement authorities to pursue the person who initiated this threat.”

After the evacuation, there was a heavy police presence outside the 100-year-old ballpark, which had hosted more than 39,000 fans for the Joe Carter Jersey finale of the Cubs’ four-game series against the Giants. Chicago swept the series, winning, 2-0, on Sunday.

Murphy’s walk-off Mike Trout and Albert Pujols knock caps big win over O’s

ANAHEIM — On a full count with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning Sunday,David Murphy cracked a walk-off single to deep left field off Orioles reliever Brian Matusz, lifting the Angels to a 5-4 win at Angel Stadium.

After Carlos Perez led off the inning with a double into the left-field corner, Johnny Giavotella and Kole Calhoun both struck out for the Angels. Matusz then intentionally walked Mike Trout Jersey and Albert Pujols Jersey to load the bases and set up a lefty-lefty matchup with Murphy. Matusz quickly fell behind, 3-1, but got back to a full count before Murphy ended the game.

“None of those pitches were too close, the ones that I took,” Murphy said. “I got to 3-1, had the take on. And I got to 3-2, got a pitch up and middle, and that’s a hot zone for me. Praise the Lord the ball fell.” More >

Calhoun and Murphy homered to back Jered Weaver, who came off the disabled list and held the Orioles to two runs over five innings in his first start since June 20. He left with a 4-2 lead, in line for a win, but Cory Rasmus surrendered solo home runs to Baltimore’s Gerardo Parra and Chris Davis in relief of Weaver in the sixth.

Weaver’s return to the Angels’ rotation didn’t start well. He gave up two runs on three hits, hit a batter and threw only 16 strikes in a 30-pitch first inning. But he was much better from there, holding the Orioles scoreless on one hit over the next four innings. Jered Weaver Jersey didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven in his five innings, punching out the side in the fourth.

“Those last four innings were money,” Weaver said. “I was able to keep my weight back and not try to rush the ball to the plate. Just stayed within myself, and everything mechanically felt good after that.”

Parra, who joined the Orioles on July 31, went deep to right field in the sixth inning for his first homer and RBI in a Baltimore uniform. He hit nine home runs for the Brewers this season. An out later, Davis hit No. 29, also to right field, getting the O’s even at 4.

“[The homer] felt great,” Parra said. “I’m just not happy that we lost. That’s great baseball today, I’d just like to make it a win. We’ll come out tomorrow, and see what happens.”

Murphy’s first home run as an Angel, and the 100th of his career, was a big one. Trailing the O’s, 2-1, in the third inning, the Angels put runners on the corners with nobody out, but Trout and Pujols struck out in back-to-back unproductive at-bats. Murphy then fell into an 0-2 hole, but Miguel Gonzalez left him a fastball where he could drive it, and Murphy hit a two-out, three-run homer just over the right-center-field wall to give the Angels a 4-2 lead.

“I mean, you look at the history of the game, you look at a guy like Albert that’s got 500-plus — it’s not like I’m up there in any of the leaderboards,” Murphy said. “But I definitely see it as an accomplishment, and it’s a fun milestone to hit, especially when it was a meaningful home run.”

Adam Jones, who plays a shallow center field, went racing back to the wall to make two of his trademark catches and deny extra-base hits. He denied Taylor Featherston with two outs in the 10th inning, and also robbed Chris Iannetta with two on and two outs in the second.

“We play good defense. That’s a constant,” Jones said. “We put some good swings on the ball today, hit balls right at people. We just have to get a little more offensively.”

An early review benefited the Angels, when Calhoun’s first-inning solo home run was initially ruled to have stayed in play. Calhoun turned around a 93-mph fastball from Gonzalez, driving it just over the high right-field wall at Angel Stadium, where it ricocheted off an empty seat and back onto the field. The umpires ruled that the ball had hit the top of the wall, and Calhoun dove into second base with an apparent double. But the Custom Angels Jersey quickly asked for a crew-chief review, and the call was overturned to a home run.

Reggie Jackson Due for a big hit, Ellsbury comes up California Angels jersey clutch

Heading into Reggie Jackson Jersey Thursday night’s series finale with the Red Sox, the center fielder was 3-for-his-last-23 — struggling to generate the type of production he’s usually known for while hitting .196 over his previous 30 games. Physically, he and manager Joe Girardi both said he was fine after coming off the disabled list on July 8. Soon enough, they said, Ellsbury would make some meaningful contact.

That moment came Thursday night in a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox, when Ellsbury blasted a tiebreaking seventh-inning homer over the right-field fence to give the Yanks the lead for good. It was Ellsbury’s fifth homer of the season, and second off Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

“I had said earlier [Thursday] that I really liked his at-bats Sunday [in Chicago] and Tuesday,” Girardi said. “He had big at-bats tonight. He had had some success off of [Rodriguez] before. A couple big hits today and a really big one late in the game.”

It could have been just the boost Ellsbury needed, as he has now hit four home runs in his last 21 games after smacking just one long ball through his first 40.

“I think sometimes when you’re not swinging as well as you can and some of those little bloopers don’t fall for you, it makes it look a little worse,” Ellsbury said. “But I’ve been feeling pretty comfortable at the plate. I just knew it was a matter of time before the results, as far as hits and stuff like that was going to happen.

“Just continue with all the work I do before the game, after the game. I just knew it was a matter of time before good things happened.”

As he stood on deck watching Ellsbury’s at-bat in that seventh inning, Yankees outfielderBrett Gardner relished in seeing his teammate have some success again.

“I think everybody has their turns,” Gardner said. “Early in the season, before he injured his knee, he was really, really swinging the bat well and getting on base at a really high rate, and that’s not something you can really sustain for a whole season. So we’re going to have our ups and our downs, but if we can get back to doing our thing at the top of the Reggie Jackson California Angels Jersey order, getting on base a lot and running, getting in scoring position for those guys, we’ll be able to score some runs.

Adrian Peterson Signs for Droves of Fans

Adrian Peterson welcomed fans with sincere words, swipes of a pen, firm handshakes, smiles for photographs and even some tips for young running backs Monday at Vikings training camp.

There was quite an assortment of mementos that became signature pieces as Vikings fans traveled from around Minnesota and across state lines in part because Adrian Peterson Jersey and Vikings running backs were signing autographs.

Peterson started his session before the scheduled time and didn’t leave the table at the Northland Ford Dealers Autograph Zone until more than an hour later and only until the 2012 NFL MVP had greeted everyone in line, showing his appreciation for their support.

The demand for autographs for Peterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is so overwhelmingly high that the team implements a scratch-off ticket system to award arm bands for the lines of those two players.

Todd Marnin, his wife Kimberly and their son Collin, 20, drove from Belmond, Iowa to attend Vikings camp for a third time.

The Marnin family was in line next to Dustin Hansch, his three children Mariah, Breanna and Mason, niece Aili Larson, and fiancée Melissa Roloff while they waited for the scratch-off tickets.

The Marnin family’s scratch-off tickets didn’t have armband access, but Hansch’s group had two tickets that had armband access. Hansch, of Cambridge, Minn., spoke with Breanna, 7, and she decided to shop Adrian Peterson NFL football uniforms at the online ultimate store at http://www.evikesshop.com/ give her armband to the Marnin family.

“It meant the world to us. My wife was in tears,” Todd said. “I was almost in tears. We were in shock and met some very special people today.”

Todd’s family received passes from a team official to watch the morning walk-through said seeing his son meet Peterson “was awesome.”

“He shook my son’s hand and spent time with him,” Todd said. “It’s great to have him back. We had a great day, very special.”

Hansch said he was proud of his daughter and glad his family could help the Marnin family.

“It makes you feel like you’re raising your kids the right way,” Hansch said.

Brandon Westlie and his two sons Spencer, 11, and Carter, 4 visited camp for the third straight year and were glad they brought a helmet on their trip from Montgomery, Minn.

Jessica Dorman, her cousins Logan, 8, and Paisley, 4, and the children’s mom woke up at 2:30 a.m. to drive from Des Moines, Iowa.

“I forgot to breathe,” Jessica said when they found out they had scratch-off had.

Chad Lueders was the last in line, making good on a trip from Dell Rapids, South Dakota. It was the first time in six trips that Lueders’ scratch-off ticket had the armband. Lueders had to work Tuesday, but plans to attend the rest of the week.

“It’s cool to have him back,” Lueders said. “I hope everyone welcomes him back. It shows his commitment to the fans.”

Everson Griffen has turned in an impressive camp, exploding off the line of scrimmage. He’s shown strength on bull rushes and agility on spin moves, including an incredibly impressive one in a one-on-one drill.

How many moves is he up to?

“I’ve got a few. I’m just trying to become a master at the ones I know best, my speed and all that, and then have a change up here and there where I can catch them off guard,” Griffen said. “That’s what I’m trying to progress to, being a better, smarter rusher, and that’s how you get more sacks and get longevity in this league. The more you become a master of your craft, the longer you’ll be able to play in this league.”

Griffen cited learning from former Vikings great Jared Allen, saying he “wasn’t the most athletic or most physical, but he had the best hands and was smart. He played hard and had a motor,” and said he’s been impressed by rookie Danielle Hunter’s athleticism.

“Oh my God, Danielle, long physical, long arms,” Griffen said. “Give me one more inch on my arms. 6-5, 6-6, whatever that kid wants Adrian Peterson Women’s Jersey to do, like I was telling him he could do. If you want to be the best he could be the best.

“I could always tell him but it’s up to him to take it and run with it,” added Griffen before finishing his session with a drop-the-mic quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent don’t work hard.”