Stroman sharp through two innings as Blue Jays fall to Pirates

Marcus Stroman talks about his 2017 spring training debut (two scoreless innings), had a good mix of all 4 pitches, and felt really comfortable with Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the plate.

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman threw two perfect innings in his spring training debut but Toronto still lost its fourth straight exhibition game, 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stroman struck out three of the six batters he faced and Jose Bautista drove in the lone run for Toronto (0-4), which is still looking for its first win on its Grapefruit League schedule.

Reliever Danny Barnes gave up the eventual winning run on a balk in the sixth inning, allowing Canadian Eric Wood to score from third base for the Pirates (3-1).

Closer Roberto Osuna pitched one inning of scoreless relief, allowing two hits.

Bautista hit a line drive single in the bottom of the sixth to score Dwight Smith Jr.

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