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TORONTO - First things first: Adam Lind loves Toronto and wants to remain a Blue Jay. But Linds future isnt in his hands. With a club option worth $7-million for 2014, or a $2-million buyout should the Blue Jays choose to part ways with their long time first baseman/designated hitter, general manager Alex Anthopoulos has a decision to make. Whatever happens, Lind hopes he finds out soon. "I dont know the date when they have to tell me," Lind told TSN.ca. "Hopefully its after the last day of the season or after that last game of the year because I dont really want to be in limbo until the World Series. Id like to know but with all the number crunchers they have up there they may take their time." Lind has enjoyed a stellar offensive season. With 19 home runs, he has a chance to surpass the third best output of his career - he hit 23 homers in 2010. If Lind goes on a tear, his second-highest number of home runs (26 in 2011) would be in jeopardy. His OPS, a healthy .829, represents a significant increase over the last three seasons when it was no better than .734. Entering Tuesdays play, Lind had 46 walks, which already is the second-most hes had in a season (58 in 2009.) "I dont think anyone, unless youre Miguel Cabrera, would say youre consistent for a whole season," said Lind. "Its hard to do with how many different types of ways the pitchers pitch the ball to stay comfortable and have your rhythm and timing over the course of an entire season. You go from Texas and theyre throwing heaters and then we come back and face Colorado and theyre throwing slop and its hard to stay locked in. Thats part of it and thats why management sticks with players, especially at the beginning of the season, with slow starts." Lind has stayed off the disabled list this season - a stated goal back in spring training. He tweaked his historically-troubled back at Fenway Park on June 30 and missed two games before returning to face Detroits Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on back to back days. "Ive done a lot of maintenance to make sure it stays (healthy,)" said Lind. "I feel, I dont know if proud is the word, I feel happy especially with the way things have gone with this team this year. I dont think theres been too many, not including the bullpen, only me, Eddie, J.P. Buehrle and Dickey have been here since April 1." Theres a sense of unfinished business for Lind. He believes the club is capable of meeting expectations in 2014 and would like to continue in the only big league city hes ever known. "I feel like Ive been an important part of it more often than not through the course of the past six years," said Lind. "Ive had some great experiences hitting behind Jose in his huge years; Ive hit behind Eddie the past two years. Maybe I havent produced as much as some would have liked but Ive protected the best hitters in the game the last four years." SIMILARITIES BETWEEN DISAPPOINTING JAYS AND ANGELS The Blue Jays and Angels kicked off their three-game September series with identical records. It was easy, at the start of the season, to anticipate the clubs meeting in Toronto with much on the line. Either could have, maybe should have, been division leaders or, at the least, battling each other for wild card positioning. Instead, Toronto and Los Angeles were each 67-76. "Two teams that didnt meet expectations, no doubt," said Mark DeRosa. "I think if you polled a lot of people they would have said this would probably be an ALCS or an ALDS match up, who knows? For whatever reason and we know, weve chronicled them all year; it hasnt gone according to plan." Heres a big reason why neither team has succeeded: their respective starting rotations. The Blue Jays rank 29th (out of 30) in baseball with a 4.83 starters ERA. The Angels arent much better. Their 4.34 starters ERA is ranked 23rd in the majors. RASMUS HEALING Colby Rasmus, whos been on the disabled list since August 11 with a strained left oblique, is back in Toronto and hopes to return to the lineup during this weekends series against the Orioles. "Feeling good," said Rasmus. "Just trying to go through getting back on this turf, taking some swings, like some full hacks. Down in Florida I wasnt able to really get into it, get after it so come up here to try to get some swings going on the field and running some balls down." Rasmus arrives in time to see the Blue Jays play the Angels, for whom is brother, Cory, now plays. Colby doubled off of Cory on May 27 when Cory was pitching for Atlanta. Cory was traded, by the Braves, to Los Angeles for former Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs on July 29. "It kind of worked out funny for me to be here when hes here but thats just the way it worked out," said Colby Rasmus. "I didnt just try to come up here because hes here. I got to feeling good and it worked out to where I could." MONTREAL BOUND The Blue Jays will play two spring time exhibition games in Montreal, March 28-29, against the New York Mets. Maicer Izturis is the only current Blue Jay who played for the Expos (2004.) Mark DeRosa goes back far enough to remember travelling to Olympic Stadium. "Id probably be the only guy who knows how to get the field, I know that," said DeRosa, who traveled often to Montreal while playing with the Braves in the early 2000s. "I think my one memory there would be the ball Vladimir Guerrero hit off Mike Hampton. He smacked it 502 (feet,) they estimated that. I think they put a sign up on one of the runners where he hit it. Probably one of the furthest balls Ive ever seen in my life." 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What do you think of DeMar DeRozans face after he hits a big shot, he was asked moments earlier.WASHINGTON -- By the time the 12th inning rolled around, the San Diego Padres were without third baseman Chase Headley -- his strained calf could send him to the disabled list -- and left fielder Seth Smith, who hurt a groin muscle. The Padres were on their way to using a total of 20 players, including seven pitchers. Well, seven on the mound, and one in left field. Andrew Cashner briefly filled in for Smith before manager Bud Black made a double-switch. So it was quite a relief when Xavier Nady delivered a tiebreaking RBI single off Craig Stammen in the top of the 12th to give San Diego a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. "This was an interesting one, for sure," Black said. "This was one where you really had to be creative as it went along." Nady, who entered the game in right field in the ninth, bounced a 2-0 fastball up the middle off Stammen (0-1), who was working his third inning. "Im the last man standing. Whatever happens, happens. Ive got to live with it," Stammen said. "I left it up a little bit, but he put it in a good spot." Jedd Gyorko singled, stole second and got to third when catcher Jose Lobatons throw sailed into the outfield for an error, then scored on Nadys hit. "As soon as I threw the ball," Lobaton said, gritting his teeth, "I was like, Ah, that was a bad throw." Alex Torres (1-0) got two outs in the 11th for the win, and Houston Street worked around Bryce Harpers leadoff double in the 12th for his eighth save. The game ended when Lobaton lined out to shortstop Everth Cabrera, who flipped the ball to second base to double off Harper. "It was sort of ironic that we were sort of worried about Harper stealing third," Black explained, "and so we tried to keep Cabby a little bit tighter to Harper, and sure enough the ball was hit in the hole." The Nationals went 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base. The only 1-2-3 innings for Padres pitching were the second and 11th. "Theres just something in you, when your backs against the wall a little bit, youve got to reach back and really give your best shot and throw your bestt pitches," said Tim Stauffer, who threw 2 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of Eric Stults.dddddddddddd "I think as a whole we were able to do that today." Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said: "Its easy to press. You want to come through for your team." He hit a solo homer in the sixth, and Adam LaRoche added one in the seventh to help Washington pull even after trailing 3-1. But the Padres never did let the Nationals go ahead from there. Headley left in the middle of the second inning, and Black said: "That looks as though thats probably going to be a DL." Smith departed in the 11th but the manager didnt think his problem will send him to the disabled list. In the top of the ninth, San Diegos Yonder Alonso walked, then tried to steal second and initially was ruled safe. But Nationals manager Matt Williams challenged the call, which was overruled on review; replays showed that Alonsos front leg was in the air as he slid and his foot didnt touch the bag before he was tagged. Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. Stults gave up 10 hits but only two runs in his 5 1-3 innings. "When I was done," Stults said, "it seemed like I kind of pitched yesterday." NOTES: Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez felt "normal, after-a-start soreness" Thursday and would get plenty of treatment, Williams said. 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