Jackie Bradley Jr. gets pulled from game, appears to be false alarm

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There’s nothing quite like twitter before the trade deadline:

 

 

 

Ranuado was pulled with two men base after throwing his 98th pitch of the night, so there was nothing really suspicious about his exit. Bradley’s was much more interesting, since there was no apparent injury. The Red Sox would be hard-pressed to trade him with Jacoby Ellsbury eligible for free agency at season’s end, and among all of the players rumored to be available, it’s hard to imagine him being moved for anyone other than Cliff Lee or Jeff Samardzija. Still, it doesn’t seem like anything is brewing anyway. Maybe he was hurt or perhaps something else came up.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.