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Tempers flare between Dodgers, Giants

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Tempers flared between the Dodgers and Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday afternoon. In the top of the third inning, the Dodgers had runners on second and third base with two outs and Yasmani Grandal at the plate. Giants starter Johnny Cueto threw a first-pitch fastball up and in to Grandal. Catcher Buster Posey couldn’t make the catch, so he left home plate to get the ball. Cueto covered home plate, giving Grandal a convenient opportunity to have a conversation with the right-hander.

Grandal’s at-bat resumed, and he ended up hitting a weak fly ball to shallow center field on the next pitch, ending the inning. As Grandal ran to first base, he had some more words for Cueto. Words were exchanged, and both benches emptied. Nothing happened, and no one was ejected.

The funniest part of the incident was Clayton Kershaw cutting through the brown-and-orange and blue-and-gray blobs to get to the mound to throw his warm-up pitches.

Wednesday was the series finale. The two sides won’t meet again until the end of July.

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.