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Replay review foils Tigers’ game-winning single in 10th

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The Tigers and Pirates played a tense game on Friday afternoon, one that eventually fell 13-10 in the Pirates’ favor following two four-run, ninth-inning rallies, an alarming injury to home plate umpire Mike Everitt, and Gregory Polanco‘s game-winning, three-run shot in the 13th. The real drama unfolded in the 10th inning, however. With the score knotted 10-10 and Nicholas Castellanos standing on second base, JaCoby Jones bounced a two-out single into left field. Castellanos charged toward home plate as left fielder Corey Dickerson fired the ball to catcher Francisco Cervelli. The tag was applied too late, Castellanos slid safely across the plate, and the Tigers swarmed the field to celebrate their first win of the year.

Or so they thought. Almost four minutes later, the Pirates’ challenge and subsequent replay review revealed that Cervelli had caught Castellanos just as he crossed the plate, nullifying the game-winning single, ending the inning and sending the game to the 11th. (And inspiring Ron Gardenhire’s first ejection since 2014.)

The game wouldn’t break in the Tigers’ favor again. The 11th and 12th passed uneventfully, and the Pirates took the lead again in the 13th following back-to-back singles from Adam Frazier and Josh Harrison and a 416-foot moonshot off the bat of Polanco. JaCoby Jones and James McCann eked out a pair of base hits in the bottom of the inning, but were left stranded after Pittsburgh’s Steven Brault whiffed Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias to end the game.

The Tigers and Pirates will meet on Saturday for the second game in this series. Michael Fulmer and Trevor Williams are expected to take the mound and pitch a dual no-hitter, as a cumulative 13 relievers were expended during Friday’s five-hour, 27-minute affair.

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.