Dropped from the cleanup spot last week in Oakland, Adam Lind was back in the No. 4 spot Monday because of his track record against Tampa Bay righthander Jeff Niemann.

Going into Monday's game, Lind was 13-for-28 (.464) with 3 HR, 9 RBI, an on-base percentage of .531 and a slugging percentage of .929.

"He's had good success against Niemann," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He's been one of our better performers against him. We wanted to split up the righthand (hitters) as well. I've seen a little bit better rhythm in his swing, particularly in the set-up. He's got some movement in his hands, he drove in some runs on the west coast and hopefully he has a chance to build on that.

"I can tell you, we need him."