Although Marcus Stroman had no idea why he was called for an illegal quick-pitch, he refused to allow the unusual umpiring decision to stop him from carrying the Toronto Blue Jays to another win in their climb out of a huge early-season hole. Stroman (2-2) was angered when home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus awarded first base to Kole Calhoun in the third inning for throwing a 3-1 pitch before Calhoun was deemed to be ready. Toronto manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing the call, and the Angels scored on back-to-back singles immediately afterward.
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Two right-handers with something to prove will be on the mound on Tuesday night when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox start the latest chapter in their long rivalry. For the Yankees, hard-throwing Luis Severino hopes to continue to prove he belongs in the rotation for a team aiming to continue to prove it has enough starting pitching to compete. For the Red Sox, reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello hopes to continue what he hopes is the climb back to showing last season's 22-4 record was no fluke.