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ALCS starters Trevor Bauer and Marcus Stroman go way back

In the Indians' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays in Game 3 of the ALCS, Trevor Bauer and Marcus Stroman faced each other -- even if Bauer didn't last very long -- for the first time in their Major League careers, but the two are hardly strangers. As it turns out, they go back years.

Nearly five years ago, Stroman was still a student at Duke University, and pitching was one of the things he studied. More specifically, he studied the unique pitching stylings of a pitcher who was in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization at the time … some guy named Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage).

A couple years later, Stroman and Bauer had both reached the Majors. The fact that they were now peers and technically adversaries didn't stop the stream of compliments between the two pitchers on Twitter:

Even more messages between the two can be found here.

Although they've never faced each other and never been teammates, these are two pitchers who know and respect each other's work. It's almost enough to make you wish they could forgo the DH and step into the batter's box to get an up close and personal look at each other's pitching.

Watch ALCS Game 4 on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on TBS and Sportsnet/RDS.