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Blue Jays option Lincoln after 18-inning win

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TORONTO -- In his best outing as a reliever for the Blue Jays, right-hander Brad Lincoln lowered his ERA from 6.11 to 4.98 after throwing four scoreless innings in Toronto's 4-3, 18-inning win over Texas on Saturday.

But keeping Toronto in its 18-inning game wasn't enough to secure Lincoln's spot on the roster. The 28-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo following the Blue Jays' win, and a corresponding move is expected to be made on Sunday, potentially the return of Darren Oliver from the disabled list.

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Lincoln has appeared in 13 games for Toronto and has walked at least one batter in 11 outings. He's held hitters to a .244 average while striking out 19.

The Lake Jackson, Texas, native was acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade that sent outfielder Travis Snider to the Pirates on July 30, 2012.

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