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Stroman escapes jam in 9th, gets first MLB win as Blue Jays nip Phils in 10th

Marcus Stroman works in the ninth inning Tuesday in Philly. (AP Photo)


By Mike Harrington

It looks like the Blue Jays will initially keep Marcus Stroman in the bullpen (think David Price, '08 Rays), and that's no problem for the former Bisons ace. After all, he's in the big leagues at 23 after pitching just five games in Triple-A with the Herd.

The iffy back end of the rotation (think Dustin McGowan and J.A. Happ) did fine this time through so there's no reason for the Jays to rush Stroman into the mix just yet. Let him get his feet wet in the pen -- but he's not getting mop-up duty.

Stroman came into a 5-5 game Tuesday night in Philadelphia -- and needed to get the final out of the ninth with the winning run at third -- before the Jays pulled out a 6-5 victory in the 10th on Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly. That gave Stroman his first big-league win in just his second appearance.

"My heart was pounding. Can’t describe it, but I was definitely amped up," said Stroman, whose father was at the game and who earned a post-game beer shower from teammates.

Newsday has this report on the Long Island native's win, including an interview with his mother.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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