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Adjustments in Minors paying off for Lind

Adjustments in Minors paying off for Lind

Adjustments in Minors paying off for Lind
CHICAGO -- Adam Lind credits his recent batting average jump and power surge to a few tweaks he made while spending more than a month at Triple-A Las Vegas before returning to the Blue Jays' lineup on June 25.

"Two or three weeks before I came back up, I was starting to feel more comfortable in the batter's box -- just a lot of hard work, a lot of experimenting and we kind of found a solution and kind of just ran with it," Lind said.

Lind, who hit .392 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 32 games for Las Vegas after batting .186 before his demotion, said he found his rhythm at the plate by standing more upright and staying looser in the box to allow a freer motion with his leg kick.

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He credited hitting coach Chad Mottola for helping him regain his stroke. Lind has raised his batting average to .209 and has four home runs in 11 games since his return.

Lind said it took a week at Triple-A to start driving the ball in batting practice, and another two weeks in games to get to the zone he's in at the plate. After tweaking his stance and working on drills, Lind finally found his rhythm.

"When I got down there, I just left the floor open to Chad Mottola and I said, 'Whatever you tell me to do, that's what I'm going to do,'" Lind said.

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