Marcus Stroman says he’s not about to change emotional approach

TORONTO — Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman’s emotions are always close to the surface. On Thursday they bubbled over. The right-hander was ejected along with manager John Gibbons and catcher Russell Martin in a beef triggered by umpire Will Little’s calls behind the plate during the fifth inning of Toronto’s 8-4 win over Oakand. Gibbons was tossed first for comments from the dugout. Stroman and Martin quickly followed after Stroman was assessed a career-high sixth walk. Stroman charged off the mound towards Little but was held back by bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Stroman threw 90 pitches, of which 52 were strikes. The right-hander declined comment on the umpires afterwards. But he… Read More

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Rays acquire infielder Lucas Duda from Mets for pitcher Drew Smith

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Lucas Duda from the New York Mets in exchange for pitching prospect Drew Smith. Duda is having a strong year at the plate, posting a .879 OPS in 75 games this season. He signed a one-year, $7.25-million contract with New York in January and will be a free agent after the 2017 season. Smith is the 30th-ranked prospect in Tampa Bay’s system, according to MLB.com. The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher has a 1.60 ERA in 31 games this season, spent mostly in high-A ball. Source says Drew Smith, going to Mets for Duda, has “really good arm,” throws mid-to-upper 90s. Teams wanted him despite… Read More

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Whitecaps hoping Yordy Reyna can provide an offensive spark

VANCOUVER — It’s not hard to spot Yordy Reyna on the training pitch. The Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder darts about, the ball sometimes appearing glued to his feet as he glides among teammates. Then there’s the wild hairstyle resembling an erupting volcano that bounces back and forth while the 23-year-old Peruvian moves one way and then another. Among the club’s biggest off-season additions, Reyna is feeling like himself again after a broken foot in training camp put his debut on hold for more than four months. “It was very frustrating,” Reyna said through a Spanish translator earlier this week. “It was definitely a difficult time watching from the stands … all… Read More

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Yankees rave about A’s Sonny Gray: ‘He’s an ace’

The Yankees and A’s have been discussing a deal that could send right-hander Sonny Gray to the Bronx NEW YORK — To Todd Frazier, Sonny Gray is “a guy that you’d love to have on your team, for sure.” Didi Gregorius called Gray an ace. Aaron Hicks said he’s a “great pitcher.” Suffice to say, if the Yankees pull off a deal they’re working on with the A’s to land Gray in pinstripes, the clubhouse in the Bronx will be a happy place. The Yankees and Oakland have been talking for a weeks about a potential trade that would send some of New York’s prospects to the Athletics for Gray,… Read More

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Suri and McEvoy share lead at European Open

HAMBURG — Julian Suri birdied five of the last eight holes to join Richard McEvoy of England for a share of the lead at 6-under 66 in the opening round of the European Open on Thursday. The 26-year-old American started with a birdie but dropped a shot at the second. There were no more bogeys afterward as Suri racked up another six birdies. Suri and McEvoy — who also shot six birdies and was bogey-free — have a one-stroke lead. Defending champion Alexander Levy was among four tied at 5-under, alongside Chris Paisley, Stuart Manley and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. Fifteen-time European Tour champion Thomas Bjorn endured a difficult… Read More

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Hall of Fame inductee Ivan Rodriguez still making Puerto Rico proud | Lucas

There have since been almost 300 Major Leaguers born in Puerto Rico. This Sunday, one of the best will take his place among the greats Follow @JJournalsports In 1942, Hiram Bithorn of Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico made his debut as a pitcher for the Cubs, becoming the first native of that island nation to play in the Major Leagues. Bithorn’s career was cut short due to World War II, so he never achieved the success he deserved. But he did pave the way for his fellow Puerto Ricans, including Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Alomar. There have since been almost 300 Major Leaguers born in… Read More

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