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Marcus Stroman throws behind Caleb Joseph's head

09/16/2014 12:35 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:53 EDT
As a major league pitcher, there are times you struggle with your fastball command, when the ball simply slips out of your hand or when you deliver a purpose pitch.

Which category does Marcus Stroman’s sixth-inning offering on Monday night in Baltimore fall under?

If you didn’t see it, the Toronto Blue Jays rookie fireballer unleashed a first-pitch fastball high and back of the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, prompting a warning to both teams from umpire Ted Barrett.

In the fifth inning, Joseph was blocking the plate when the Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes slid in for Toronto’s second run. As a result, Joseph stepped on Reyes’s left hand as he turned to make the tag, prompting some harsh words from the Jays shortstop.

After striking out the side in the sixth, Stroman walked off the mound and had some words for those in the Baltimore dugout.

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After the game, Stroman told reporters it wasn’t a purpose pitch.

“It was a fastball in that just kind of slipped in my hand,” he said. “I’m a little excited and tried to get out of the inning. It’s possibly my last hitter and I tried to execute a fastball in.”

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Stroman, who allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings, admitted he struggled with his fastball command all evening.

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Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, at his post-game news conference, said Stroman’s actions were “borderline professionally embarrassing.”

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The baseball world isn’t taking kindly to pitches up and in on hitters, especially in the wake of last week’s gruesome injury to Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

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It wouldn’t be a surprise if Ubaldo Jimenez, the Orioles’ scheduled starter for Tuesday night’s game, or another Baltimore pitcher push a Toronto batter off the plate.

More importantly for the Jays, will Major League Baseball suspend Stroman for his actions?

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