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Stroman (2-2) pitched a complete game Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out five in a victory over the Angels.

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Following a shaky start, an argument with home-plate umpire Ramon De Jesus over an illegal quick-pitch ruling seemed to motivate Stroman. The fiery right-hander was angered when the umpire awarded first base to Kole Calhoun in the third inning because the hurler threw a 3-1 pitch before the batter was deemed ready. Toronto manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing the call, and the Angels scored on back-to-back singles immediately afterward. Stroman took a few deep breaths and responded by keeping the Halos off base for the next five innings while retiring 17 consecutive hitters. The 25-year-old has now banked complete games in two of his last three starts. Despite a rather unlucky .320 BABIP, Stroman owns a great 3.10 ERA and 3.03 FIP through four starts. He'll next toe the rubber Friday against the Rays.
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Stroman (1-2) gave up six runs on 11 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to Boston.

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His teammates battled back late, but not quite far enough to get Stroman off the hook. This serves as an ugly reminder to Stroman owners of the perils of AL East pitcher ownership -- all those starts against the Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles promise to be no fun at all. Still, Stroman has quality stuff, so outings like this one should be the exception rather than the rule. He'll next face the Angels on the road Sunday.
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Stroman (1-1) went the distance against Milwaukee on Wednesday, only to be handed a 2-0 loss. He struck out four while allowing seven hits and a walk; both runs were earned.

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Chase Anderson surprised on the other end by outpitching Stroman, sending the Blue Jays to their seventh loss in eight games. Stroman is the only Toronto pitcher who's managed to come away with a win in the early going; that's bad news for Jays fans, but it's good news for Stroman owners, as he's off to a terrific start, posting a 1.76 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over 15.1 innings. He'll next take the ball against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
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Stroman (1-0) picked up the win in Thursday's contest with the Rays, allowing one earned run on six hits across 6.1 innings. He also struck out five and walked two.

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The "Stro Show" was on full display Thursday night, as the right-hander cruised through his first six innings before conceding a run in the seventh and being chased from the ballgame. Stroman wasn't overly accurate (only 56 of his 89 pitches were strikes), but it was good to see that he induced nine groundouts to just one flyout, a line that should transfer well to the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre. Stroman will get an opportunity to strut his stuff again next Wednesday when the Blue Jays host the Brewers.
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Stroman threw six shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three during Team USA's Wednesday victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

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Only 44 of his 73 pitches resulted in a strike, but to log that many innings on that crisp a count proved efficient, and that approach makes his current and future fantasy owners smile. Stroman's strikeout rate doesn't befit that of a fantasy ace, and the right-hander comes in a notch below that tier. Still, even after the added WBC stretch, the control- and groundball-happy right-hander should chew up close to 200 innings and could enjoy a bump in whiffs now that he's another year removed from a torn ACL.
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Stroman will start Wednesday for Team USA against Puerto Rico in the WBC finale, MLB.com reports.

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The right-hander will make his third start in this year's World Baseball Classic, and his second opposite Seth Lugo. Lugo got the better of Stroman last Friday, as he held Team USA to three runs on five hits over 5.2 innings, while Stroman gave up four runs on eight hits over 4.2 frames. Look for Stroman to rejoin Blue Jays camp before the end of the week.
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Stroman is scheduled to start Friday for Team USA against Puerto Rico in the WBC, MLB.com reports.

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He will oppose Seth Lugo at Pecto Park in his second start in the World Baseball Classic. While Stroman will be facing a team that includes the likes of Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Beltran, his confidence should be sky high after a dominant performance against an even more dangerous Dominican Republic lineup his last time out. Stroman held the Dominican Republic to three hits over 4.2 scoreless innings last weekend, striking out three batters with zero walks.
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Stroman twirled 4.2 scoreless innings, scattering three hits while issuing no walks and striking out four against the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday night.

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Employing a lively mix consisting mostly of fastballs, sliders and changeups, Stroman did what he does best to keep the powerful Dominican bats at bay -- keep the ball on the ground. The righty led MLB starters in 2016 with a 60 percent ground-ball rate while forcing 49 percent of opposing hitters to "top" batted balls, according to Statcast, the second-best rate in baseball last year. Simply put, Stroman is as good as any pitcher in the world at getting hitters to pound pitches into the dirt, and he showed it Saturday by collecting seven groundouts without allowing a single fly ball in fair territory. Stroman threw 64 pitches, one below the first-round maximum and (by tournament rules) will not be eligible to pitch for four days. If Team USA reached the second round at San Diego's Petco Park, the young gun will be available to start again.
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Stroman is starting Saturday's WBC game against the Dominican Republic.

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He will face a loaded Dominican lineup that has nine legitimate MLB hitters, so this will be quite the test for Stroman. The plan is for Stroman to log four innings and for Tanner Roark to come in and also log four innings before handing it over to either Andrew Miller or David Robertson.
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Stroman struck out three Pirates over two perfect frames Monday in his spring debut.

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Stroman revealed a downright filthy arsenal of pitches Monday, which explains why he's been boisterously asserting his confidence level this spring. "I had a good mix of everything," he told reporters after the game. "[Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia] did a great job of kind of mixing all my pitches. Slider, curveball, cutter, change, heater, sinker. I have a good amount of weapons to attack hitters and I'm extremely confident this year and ready to go." The 25-year-old righty, who got off to a slow start last season while rebounding from ACL surgery the prior year, didn't allow a ball out of the infield as he made Pirates' hitters look second-rate. Stroman had a 4.92 ERA through August last season, but turned it around with a 3.28 ERA in his last 11 starts.
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