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BAL@TOR: Happ whiffs career-high 12 over eight frames

Manager John Gibbons has been impressed with the Blue Jays' pitching since the All-Star break, going as far to say their only real struggles were in Houston to start August.

Of course, his assessment came before he watched right-hander Drew Hutchison get blistered for six earned runs across 5 2/3 innings in Monday's 11-1 loss to the Mariners and ace Felix Hernandez.

Luckily for Gibbons, the Jays stand a solid chance to get back on course in the pitching department Tuesday night when left-hander J.A. Happ takes the mound fresh off setting a career high in strikeouts.

Toronto lost Happ's last outing, 2-1, despite the fact that he rung up 12 Orioles in eight innings. Both runs came against Happ, who has only allowed a total of five runs across his past four starts.

Happ will be matched against Mariners right-hander Chris Young, a Comeback Player of the Year candidate.

This season, Young hasn't looked anything like the man who battled shoulder problems from 2008-12. In his past 14 starts, dating back to May 26, Young owns a 7-4 record and 3.12 ERA.

His fly-ball tendencies are still there, as he leads the team in home runs allowed (19) with a Major League-high fly-ball rate of 58.2 percent.

But just because he's seeing most of his action in the air doesn't mean batters are hitting him hard. Young ranks fourth in the American League in opponent batting average with a .223 clip, which is a huge reason -- along with his regained health -- that he was able to hit the 10-win mark his last time out.

"He's pretty much made our season what it is," Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley said. "With Felix and [Hisashi] Iwakuma, they're going to do what they do. But he's pretty much been the guy that has stepped up and put us where we're at this year. If we didn't have him, there's no telling where we'd be."

Blue Jays: Lind to be activated Tuesday
A big bat should be back in the middle of Toronto's lineup Tuesday, as Adam Lind appears set to return from the 15-day disabled list.

Toronto has been without Lind since he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right foot in early July.

Lind played in a simulated game Monday morning in the Blue Jays' Minor League facility in Dunedin, Fla. He's expected to start at designated hitter over the next two days.

"This morning, he took some swings just to make sure before we bring him up," Gibbons said on Monday afternoon. "Lindy will be here tomorrow unless something happens on the plane."

In 61 games this season, Lind is batting .320 (57-for-178) with four home runs and 30 runs scored.

Mariners: Jones recalled from Triple-A
Rookie outfielder James Jones was recalled from Tacoma before Monday's game to begin his third stint with the team.

Including the RBI groundout he registered in a pinch-hit appearance Monday, Jones is batting .257 (75-for-292) with eight doubles, four triples and a team-high 20 steals on the season.

"James can do a lot of things," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He can play defense, steal a base. He can steal a base when they know he's stealing a base. I thought that's an important ingredient and it might help us win a ballgame."

Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who started Sunday, was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

Worth noting
• Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (oblique) is not expected to be activated until this weekend as he flew home Monday for the birth of his child.

• Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (quad) has a chance to be activated for this weekend's series against the White Sox. Comments