#CBC: “Jays’ Marcus Stroman adds home-run hitter to his resume – NHL on CBC Sports”

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Marcus Stroman is getting the hang of this batting thing.

The Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher connected for his first career home run Thursday in Atlanta. The homer comes just weeks after he got his first career hit, a pinch-hit double on April 25 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Prior to that he was 0-5 in his three major-league seasons.

Stroman, 26, became just the second Jays pitcher to hit a home run. Mark Hendrickson, against the Montreal Expos in 2003, was the first.

Stroman’s homer gave the Jays back-to-back shots in the fourth inning after his battery-mate, catcher Luke Maile, hit his first home run of the season minutes earlier.

Donaldson mocks Braves on Twitter 

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson added to the budding rivalry between Toronto and the Braves on Thursday night — but online.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had his wrist broken by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup in Atlanta’s 8-4 win on Wednesday night, a game that also featured two benches-clearing incidents though no punches were thrown.

Donaldson retweeted a tweet from veteran baseball reporter Peter Gammons on Thursday that said: “One Brave veteran told a friend ‘we’ll have a fight today’ after Loup broke Freddie Freeman’s hand.”

Donaldson, who is on the disabled list with a strained left calf, then immediately added his own tweet.

Julio Teheran hit Jose Bautista in the thigh during the first inning of Thursday night’s game. Bautista had caused one of the benches-clearing incidents the night before after he hit a home run in the eighth inning and flipped his bat.

Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar sparked the other in the seventh inning when he shouted a homophobic slur at Braves pitcher Jason Motte. Toronto suspended Pillar for two game without pay for the incident.

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