Struggling Lincoln still has Farrell's confidence

Struggling Lincoln still has Farrell's confidence

BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he'll keep going to relief pitcher Brad Lincoln, even though the right-hander has struggled lately.

Lincoln allowed a career-high six runs in two-thirds of an inning in Saturday's 11-5 loss to the Rays. That came two days after he gave up three runs in one inning of a 10-7 loss to the Yankees.

Farrell said that Lincoln is very competitive and that there's a fine line between staying under control and over-throwing. The skipper believes those problems in the last two outings come from over-throwing.

"He's going to continue to get the ball," Farrell said. "There's times when he tries to make up for previous appearances by going out and trying to be dominant. And that's when we've seen the issues come into play."

Lincoln now has a 3.02 ERA in 43 appearances out of the bullpen this year.