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Marcus Stroman was dealing (and dancing) in his dominant MVP outing against Puerto Rico

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With the World Baseball Classic championship on the line against Puerto Rico, Team USA looked to Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman to square off against the Mets' Seth Lugo on Wednesday night -- and boy, oh boy, was Stro' up to the task.

Stroman, who stood out in his earlier World Baseball Classic appearances thanks to some impressive U.S.A.-themed cleats, absolutely dazzled for six no-hit innings against the powerful Puerto Rico lineup -- before Angel Pagan led off the seventh with a double. That hit ended Stroman's night, as he was replaced by the Rangers' Sam Dyson and left the field to a rousing (and well-deserved) ovation: 

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And what a night it was ... basically this, on repeat: 

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And, because Stroman knows a thing or two about style, he busted out this move in the third inning: 

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That's more or less how his night went, really, and set the tone as the U.S. claimed its first World Baseball Classic title with an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico -- thanks in large part to Stroman, who was officially named WBC 17 MVP after the final out: 

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His peers around the league definitely took note, too: 

Justin Verlander's congratulatory tweet, though, was a multi-tweet mini-saga thanks to some emoji issues:

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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