Stroman hits first HR; Blue Jays top Teheran, Braves 9-0
ATLANTA (AP) - Marcus Stroman threw 5 2/3 strong innings and hit the second homer by a pitcher in Blue Jays history to lead Toronto over Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Thursday night.
Darrell Ceciliani, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, had a run-scoring double in the first and a two-run homer in the third before leaving with a left shoulder injury. Ceciliani started in center field after Kevin Pillar was suspended two games without pay for yelling an anti-gay slur at Braves reliever Jason Motte during Wednesday night's game.
Teheran hit Jose Bautista with a pitch in the first inning, a day after Bautista's bat flip following a home run drew criticism from the Braves. Teheran's first pitch to Bautista was inside. The second pitch hit Bautista's thigh. Bautista walked to first base.
Teheran (3-4) allowed a career-high nine runs in three-plus innings in his fourth straight home loss.
The Braves played their first game without Freddie Freeman, who will miss 10 weeks with a broken left wrist.
Freeman has fractured left wrist, expected to miss 2 months
ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves say first baseman Freddie Freeman suffered a fractured left wrist when he was hit by a pitch and is expected to miss two months.
Freeman was hit by Toronto's Aaron Loup during the fifth inning of an 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
X-rays taken at SunTrust Park on Wednesday night were inconclusive. Freeman had an MRI and other tests on Thursday. The Braves say those tests showed the fracture.
Freeman was Atlanta's most productive hitter. He was hitting .341 and tied for the major league lead with 14 homers.
BLUE JAYS-PILLAR SLUR
Toronto CF Kevin Pillar suspended 2 games for anti-gay slur
ATLANTA (AP) - Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar has been suspended two games for yelling an anti-gay slur at a Braves pitcher.
The Blue Jays suspended Pillar on Thursday shortly after he apologized, saying he was "completely and utterly embarrassed" by his actions toward Jason Motte.
Pillar was angry at Motte for allegedly quick-pitching him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning in Atlanta's 8-4 victory Wednesday night.
Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he yelled toward the mound, and the player issued a statement acknowledging his wrongdoing.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins flew to Atlanta to address the situation before the finale of a four-game interleague series. Atkins announced the suspension, which he said was deemed appropriate by Major League Baseball.
High hopes for new high-tech Atlanta stadium despite delays
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ATLANTA (AP) - Several high-profile failures have plagued Atlanta's reputation on a national stage over the years: unpreparedness for ice and snow storms, a recent highway collapse and subsequent shutdown from a fire, and chronic traffic and public transportation woes.
Now, the city's new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz stadium faces setbacks with its key feature, a retractable roof that opens and closes like a camera lens. The stadium's opening has been pushed back three times, now to August.
Despite the delays, many in Atlanta have high hopes for the new high-tech stadium that will house pro football and soccer teams.
Recently, stadium officials gave The Associated Press a tour for an exclusive story. Its key features include the roof, large video boards, wider seats, a 100-yard bar area, and food selling for as low as $2.
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