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Heredia homers in big inning as Tampa topples Blue Jays

TORONTO—Marcus Stroman had a supportive chat with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. yesterday after the Blue Jays' second baseman made a costly error that led to his removal from the game.

The gist of the message was that his teammates would be there to help the 25-year-old infielder over the mental hurdle he seems to be facing on the field.

Pannone stellar for Jays in first start

TORONTO—Thomas Pannone realized early that he was cruising through innings and keeping Baltimore's hitters off-balance in his first major league start.

But a sixth-inning defensive gem from Randal Grichuk—who dove for an Austin Wynns liner in centre field and kept the ball in his glove while bouncing to the turf—really got the rookie thinking about just how good his outing could be.