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    The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve Nicklas Backstrom Jersey , putting their original starter this season on the roster before their first playoff game.

    The Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter on Saturday to make room for Bradford, who last played at Chicago on Oct. 9 and returned to practice last week after recovering from a left knee injury. The Vikings host New Orleans on Sunday.

    Bradford was stellar in the opening win against the Saints, but unable to play the following week. Case Keenum started the next three games. Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum.

    Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Sloter give the Vikings four quarterbacks on the active roster.



    While other players were prepping for this season at spring training, Jose Bautista was on his own.

    A six-time All-Star without a big league job, Bautista remained eager to catch on somewhere and knew he needed to be resourceful. So to stay in game shape, the 37-year-old slugger spent his days back home in Florida hopping from gym workouts to local ballfields.

    Sometimes he ended up at the University of Tampa, or Tampa Catholic High School. Wherever he could find an empty diamond to hit and do defensive drills.

    ”I was trying to mimic somewhat the same program,” said Bautista, who has quickly become a rare bright spot for the New York Mets this year. ”I mean, it wasn’t the easiest thing.”

    His agent helped him scrounge up batting-practice pitchers to simulate game situations as best they could. High school kids, college players, other free agents looking for work.

    Bautista figures he got about 30 ”at-bats” or so in April Philipp Grubauer Jersey , when the regular season was already underway for everyone else. All the while, the former Toronto Blue Jays star waited for a new opportunity.

    ”Yeah, different fields. Whatever was available and whatever people could get to,” he said.

    Not exactly an ideal way to sharpen up for Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. But after struggling through a 12-game stint with the Atlanta Braves in May, mostly at third base, Joey Bats has hardly missed a beat since arriving in New York. He had a .944 OPS over 35 games going into Sunday and had already batted in every spot for the Mets besides ninth.

    ”He never backed off,” teammate and close friend Jose Reyes said last week. ”He always was working.”

    Next up, a nice reward.

    On deck this week is the first trip for Bautista back to Toronto, where he blossomed into one of baseball’s best power hitters with the Blue Jays from 2008-17. The struggling Mets play interleague games at Rogers Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Needless to say, he’s excited.

    ”I’m trying not to think about it,” Bautista said last week. ”I’m trying not to dwell on it too much.”

    ”Obviously, I played there for 10 years. I consider it one of my homes away from home,” he added. ”I’m just going to let it come and enjoy it when it gets here.”

    Reyes T.J. Oshie Jersey , also Bautista’s teammate in Toronto from 2013-15, said last week the outfielder had been staying at his house in New York for the past few days and the two talked about the upcoming games in Toronto.

    Reyes figures the Blue Jays might have a video tribute planned, but he’s sure Bautista will receive a standing ovation after helping the team end a 22-year playoff drought and reach consecutive AL Championship Series in 2015 and 2016.

    Bautista, still sporting a neatly trimmed beard, acknowledged he anticipates a warm reception.

    ”I don’t expect anything else from Canadian fans. They’re top-notch, a class act,” he said. ”We had a pretty good run there and I had a suc