Notes: Wind plays havoc with fielders
With gusts up to 30 mph on Friday, fielders have tough time
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The wind played havoc all day during Friday's game against the Twins, as potential outs turned into hits. In the second inning, Blue Jays right fielder Adam Lind doubled when his liner to left field curved with the wind, which was blowing diagonally from right to left, and caused the ball to sail past Twins left fielder Delmon Young.
The most damage caused by the wind occurred in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Twins shortstop Adam Everett ripped a liner to left that sailed past Blue Jays left fielder Matt Stairs. Gomez then blooped a fly ball to right that dropped in and bounced around, which allowed the speedy Gomez to reach third easily.
In the sixth, Twins designated hitter Randy Ruiz hit a fly ball to left that sailed some 20 feet over the wall.
For pitcher A.J. Burnett, he said it didn't affect him that much.
"It's one of those things that you know it's there and it's going to continue to be there while you're pitching, so you just have to deal with it," he said.
Catcher Gregg Zaun said it's a part of playing baseball in Florida.
"That's how it is here during this time," he said. "One day, you'll have it blowing out. The next, it'll be whipping in at you. At least there wasn't any circus acts out there today like there could have been."
Welcome back: Stairs returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a sprained ankle. Stairs started in left and batted third, going 0-for-3.
"It was good to get out there and test it out in game action," Stairs said. "It feels good."
The veteran injured the ankle earlier in the week when he stepped off the side of something in the batting cage.
A League of his own: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was impressed with reliever Brandon League, who tossed a 1-2-3 inning. League threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes, in recording three groundouts.
"He worked ahead of the count and he looked real good," Gibbons said. "It's always good when you can get ahead of hitters."
Ryan update: B.J. Ryan will throw a one-inning simulated game on both Saturday and Tuesday. If all goes well, he should see time on the mound on March 15 at home against the Pirates, Gibbons said.
Up next: The Blue Jays meet the Tigers at Knology Park on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET for the third spring meeting between the two teams. Right-hander Shaun Marcum will make the start for Toronto, while Detroit will counter with righty Jeremy Bonderman.
Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.