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Video: Mark Melancon, Jared Hughes try out new protective pitching helmet

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Major League Baseball and the MLBPA worked together over the winter with equipment company Boombang to design a new form of protective headgear for pitchers. They settled on a hybrid carbon fiber helmet cap and sent out prototypes to 20 different major leaguers this spring.

Pirates relievers Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes were among the first players to receive the new pitching helmet, and they both took the thing for a spin Sunday morning in Bradenton, Florida …

It’s still pretty bulky, but sometimes you have to sacrifice style for safety.

These aren’t going to be mandatory, but we’ll probably see more pitchers give them a try.

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.