Stroman fanned Tigers C James McCann in the fifth for his 500th career strikeout.
He’s the 21st pitcher in Blue Jays history to reach the mark.
Nationals: 3B Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) took batting practice on Friday and could begin a rehab assignment as early as Monday. Zimmerman has been out since May 12.
Phillies: Right-handed reliever Pat Neshek, out all season with a right shoulder strain, allowed a run on two hits while striking out the side in one inning during a rehab outing at Double-A Reading on Friday night.
Royals: Yost said RHP Ian Kennedy was feeling better Saturday after experiencing tightness on his left side when he left the game Friday after five innings. Yost didn’t day whether Kennedy would make his next scheduled start . INF Chester Cuthbert (lower back strain) went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in his first rehab assignment game at Triple-A Omaha on Friday night. Cuthbert appeared in 30 games and was hitting .194 before the injury on May 16.
Royals: RHP Brad Keller (2-2, 2.25) will make his sixth start of the year Sunday. Keller is coming off the best start of his rookie season when he pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only two hits in a 2-0 victory over the Angels Monday.
Amazingly, despite starting all 63 games he played last season, Payton will actually make less as an unrestricted free agent in 2018-19 than he did in the final year of his rookie contract ($3.3 million). The bottom fell out of Payton’s market when the Suns decided not to tender him a qualifying offer. Given that the two teams looking for starting point guards in free agency this summer were Phoenix and the Orlando Magic, who traded Payton at the deadline, he was surely looking at offers to be a backup.
To put Payton in that role, the Pelicans still have to re-sign incumbent Rajon Rondo. Assuming they do so, he and Payton will bring relatively similar styles at the point while pushing Jrue Holiday off the ball full time — a role in which he excelled last season.