MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Lind has shown the Toronto Blue Jays what he can do for the last eight seasons.
With the team already looking ahead to next year thanks to a disappointing record, Lind may be sending general manager Alex Anthopolous a reminder as he prepares for an offseason of tough decisions.
Lind hit a pair of three-run homers as the Blue Jays topped the Minnesota Twins 11-2 on Saturday, his second multi-homer game this season and 10th of his career. He's hit three home runs his last four games and has 19 this season to go with a .282 batting average — his best since 2009.
"Adam's always been a good player for this organization," manager John Gibbons said. "I don't know how the team will stack up next year. But I don't think he needs to audition. He's proven himself over time."
His first homer highlighted a five-run first inning — Toronto's second five-run inning in two games — and the second shot capped the scoring in the eighth.
Lind has team options on his contract the next three seasons, but with a host of young outfielders potentially shifting Melky Cabrera to full-time DH duties in 2014 and Edwin Encarnacion entrenched at first base, Lind could be squeezed out.
"That's kind of a big problem," Lind said. "But it's a good one to have."
Lind's other multi-homer game this season, Aug. 17 at Tampa Bay, also came in support of J.A. Happ, who won for the first time since then and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Happ (4-5), who entered the game with a 7.71 ERA in his last three outings, allowed an unearned run on five hits while striking out four. The left-hander, who suffered a fractured skull and sprained knee on May 7 when he was hit in the head by line drive, hadn't pitched past the fifth inning in back-to-back starts.
But Happ faced just two over the minimum through the first three innings before Brett Lawrie's throwing error in the fourth led to the unearned run. He walked two of the four batters he faced in the sixth before giving way to Neil Wagner, who struck out Chris Colabello to end the threat.
"You want to finish strong, you want to remind these guys what you can do and prove to yourself what you can do," Happ said. "Obviously it's kind of showing I think. Hope to continue the way we've been playing."
Happ's 5 2-3 innings pitched were his most since he worked seven against Oakland on Aug. 7. He's only made it through six innings in three of his 14 starts this season.