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MLB to formally warn Phillies over pitching change

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As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler messed up on Saturday when he attempted to bring in lefty reliever Hoby Milner even though Milner was literally just starting to get warmed up. Kapler stalled and Milner got a few warm-up pitches in before entering the game. Crew chief Jerry Layne allowed Milner five warm-up pitches on the mound, which upset Braves manager Brian Snitker, who then got ejected. Layne said he wanted to protect Milner’s health. The Phillies wound up getting destroyed that game anyway, losing 15-2.

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported on Sunday that Major League Baseball will officially warn the Phillies regarding that pitching change. MLB believes Layne handled the situation appropriately.

Kapler took full responsibility for the communication breakdown.

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.