MINNEAPOLIS -- Now that Jose Bautista is showing signs of breaking out of his season-long slump, the Blue Jays' attention turns to first baseman Adam Lind.
Lind, who has averaged 28 home runs, 91 RBIs and a .798 OPS the last three seasons, is off to a slow start in 2012. Through Saturday night, Lind was hitting just .191 with three homers, 11 RBIs and a .604 OPS.
However, Lind did drive in the Jays' first run in Saturday's 2-1 victory with a crisp, two-out single off Twins pitcher P.J. Walters. After the game, manager John Farrell said he hoped it was a sign that Lind was starting to turn it around, and on Sunday morning Lind said he thinks he sees the light at the end of the tunnel.
"I'm feeling better than I was a week ago," Lind said. "I know it's a process and hopefully the process is nearing an end."
While Lind is only hitting .161 on the Blue Jays' current road trip, he has hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the fourth inning that jump-started a 5-2 win at Oakland on Wednesday. He credits at least some of the turnaround to adjustments he made after the Blue Jays left Toronto on May 1.
"I changed a few things at the beginning of this road trip, from walking to trying to be more aggressive," Lind said. "It's sort of like having Spring Training to figure it out, but having to do it in the middle of the season. But I'm feeling good right now."