Lind making case at plate to stay in Toronto

Lind making case at plate to stay in Toronto

ST. PETERSBURG -- The fact that Adam Lind homered twice in Saturday's 6-2 victory, both times with two strikes against him, did not go unnoticed by manager John Gibbons.

"I think maybe he's heating up again," Gibbons said.

Lind and Blue Jays fans hope so.

Lind's contract expires at the end of this season. But Toronto holds club options on his services for next year and beyond.

"I'd like to stay here," Lind said. "All I can do is do as much as I can on the field. But that decision is not up to me."

However, a strong finish might go a long way in settling Lind's future.

"That's all part of the game; it's ups and downs," said Lind, who hit .280 with 16 HRs and 44 RBIs through Saturday. "I know everyone will have some down parts of the season. All you can do is try to stay consistent. You take what they give you. I've played enough, so nothing surprises me."

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.