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Ailing Stroman struggles in return from DL

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Toronto Blue Jays' starter Marcus Stroman and his ailing finger pointed the blame at himself for his most recent outing.

“I just had no feel today," he said. ”I didn't make the pitches I needed to and I kind of paid the price.

“I didn't execute.”

Stroman was pulled in the second inning after allowing four runs and six hits as the Tampa Bay Rays dumped the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 last night.

The 27-year-old was making his first start since Aug. 17.

Stroman (4-9) was activated from the disabled list after a struggling with recurring finger blister that refused to fully heal between scheduled starts.

Despite more than two weeks off before coming back against the Rays (74-63), Jays' manager John Gibbons said Stroman still is dealing with the injury.

“There's no doubt it's still bothering him,” he remarked.

“More than anything, it's the grip and feel.”

The Jays (62-75) have little to compete for in the standings down the stretch.

The club's top players have been traded to contenders and playoff aspirations are non-existent.

Priding himself a fighter, Stroman shot down the suggestion of shutting down for the rest of the season.

“I like to compete. I don't like sitting," he said. ”I only get to go out there one every five days to begin with.

“Being out there every fifth day is a priority," Stroman noted. ”I hate being on the DL. I hate watching. I hate not being out there.

“It frustrates me. It kills me inside, honestly,” he added.

“I'm going to do everything in my power to be out there.”

Stroman said his finger looked like it had a hole in it 10 days ago and credited the training staff for preparing him to make his return yesterday.

However, the trainers likely will err on the side of caution regarding Stroman's immediate future.

Yonny Chirinos (3-5) was solid in relief for Tampa Bay.

Pitching after starter Ryne Stanek was pulled after one inning, Chirinos allowed just one run, four hits, and three walks over seven innings of work.

He also struck out five.

Elsewhere in the AL, Houston beat Minnesota 4-1, Oakland beat New York 6-3, Chicago doubled Detroit 4-2, Kansas City upended Cleveland 5-1, L.A. downed Texas 3-1, and Seattle edged Baltimore 2-1.

In the NL, Washington nipped St. Louis 4-3 (10 innings), Miami beat Philadelphia 3-1, Pittsburgh downed Cincinnati 5-1, Milwaukee shaded Chicago 4-3, Colorado topped San Francisco 9-8, New York doubled L.A. 4-2, and San Diego upended Arizona 6-2.

Boston dumped Atlanta 8-2 in interleague play.

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