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Lind returns to cleanup spot; Encarnacion sixth

Lind returns to cleanup spot; Encarnacion sixth

Lind returns to cleanup spot; Encarnacion sixth
BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays manager John Farrell opted for yet another change in his batting order before Wednesday night's game against the Orioles.

One day after appearing to indicate Edwin Encarnacion was the club's new cleanup hitter, Farrell made several changes in the lineup behind Jose Bautista.

Encarnacion was dropped to sixth, while Adam Lind returned to the No. 4 spot, where he was followed by Eric Thames.

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"It's an alignment that we use," Farrell said. "The lineup that we have today is also one that was used three nights ago in Kansas City. Edwin will be a middle-of-the-order [guy] for us but trying to put together the best combinations to win the game."

Farrell indicated one of the main reasons behind the move was to stack of a pair of lefties high in the order against Orioles starter Jason Hammel. That decision came despite the fact that Hammel's splits are relatively similar against lefties and righties.

Hammel entered the game having allowed lefties to hit .288, compared to .281 for righties, but left-handers did possess an OPS that was 58 points higher. Farrell appears willing to tinker with the lineup relatively often, but said he's not about to make drastic changes.

"I think it's important to note that we're roughly 60 at-bats in for all of our regular players," Farrell said. "By no means is it looking to create wholesale changes at this point, no. Guys have earned the right to be where they are in the lineup and while some guys creep up a little bit, it's not so much riding the hot hand, it's looking at matchups and where guys have put themselves in the position to climb in the order somewhat."

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