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June 18, 2013

Surging Lind seeking All-Star support

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Lind's hot streak neatly coincides with the birth of his second child and first son — Louie — on April 24. Toronto was on a road trip in Baltimore at the time, and Lind arrived 45 minutes late for the birth.

Nearly everything, it seems, has gone right since.

The original plan was for Lind to play exclusively as a DH this year and only against right-handed pitchers. But as his bat heated up, he forced manager John Gibbons to get creative.

When the team went on a West Coast road trip to National League parks earlier this month — taking away the DH option — Gibbons moved Edwin Encarnacion from first to third base and began playing Lind at first. Shortly thereafter, Lind returned to the clean-up spot in the batting order.

He's responded with his best stretch of offense since his 2009 heroics.

"He always seemed to be more in the game, more in tuned to it, when he's playing first, too," Al Lind said.

The move also gives his father twice the options to get Lind into the All-Star Game. He's listed as a first baseman on the online ballot at mlb.com, but Al has been giving his son write-in votes as a DH on half the ballots he casts.

Now, he's starting a grassroots movement to get Anderson baseball fans to do the same.

The city hasn't had a major league All-Star since Carl Erskine represented the Brooklyn Dodgers as a National League pitcher in 1954. And the odds are stacked against Lind.

Popular and productive Detroit slugger Prince Fielder stands in his way at first base, and the Blue Jays' relative lack of exposure south of the Canadian border does little to help Lind's cause.

But his solid numbers so far this season are a reward within themselves.

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