Tim Anderson not impressed by Stroman: 'He just complains and cries'

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Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson wasn't a fan of Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman's demeanor during a late-inning confrontation Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Stroman struck out Anderson in the seventh inning and the two were caught exchanging words as the White Sox infielder made his way back to the dugout. It resulted in the benches clearing, though cooler heads prevailed and neither player was ejected.

Anderson said following the game that things began to get heated when he called time prior to a pitch, which he believed drew the ire of Stroman.

"He's going to try to throw me off, so why not step out and try to throw him off," Anderson said, according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. "It was one of those things, I stepped out and he just complains and cries like he always does. That's what it led to."

Stroman, however, didn't initially believe there was any issue following the strikeout, and said he was surprised to find Anderson jawing at him while walking back to his dugout.

"Couldn't tell you," Stroman said, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. "It seemed like he wanted to talk the entire way back to the dugout after striking out. I got the ball back from (Josh) Donaldson after throwing the ball around, he was still continuing to talk. So, I asked him what he was saying and he continued to talk more so I walked to the dugout. I thought he had a problem. I mean, I don't understand why he would be running his mouth, walking back to the dugout. It made zero sense to me."

Anderson went on to say that he felt disrespected by Stroman's actions and that he began speaking out toward the mound when he believed Stroman said something following the strikeout.

"When I stepped out when he was going slowly, he said a few words," Anderson said, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times. "I kind of let it go and then after he struck me out, he mumbled something else, so."

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