In Friday’s Daily Dose, D.J. Short recaps one of the wildest trade deadlines in recent memory.

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After sweeping their fourth road series of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays continue to surge. The visiting Blue Jays will try for a sixth consecutive victory Thursday night against the Houston Astros. After taking two of three at Yankee Stadium to open a 10-game trip, Toronto (59-50) outscored Boston 24-4 to take all three at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays have hit .317 and averaged 6.2 runs while winning 10 of 12.

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Houston Astros reliever Josh Zeid will have season-ending surgery to address pain in both feet. Zeid was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of the pain on the balls of his feet. After tests Tuesday, the decision was made to have surgery on the right foot Aug. 6. He’ll have surgery on the other foot six weeks later.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Brandon Moss was having a frustrating night before the ninth inning.

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BOSTON — Melky Cabrera homered from each side of the plate and drove in five runs, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey baffled Boston for seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays posted a 14-1 win over the fading Red Sox on Monday night.

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After scoring six runs in the last four games, Houston’s offense went on a homer spree. Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot to center field in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro’s homer a two-run shot. Krauss’ homer found the upper deck in right field and chased A’s starter Jesse Chavez (8-7).

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The way Ervin Santana was pitching, it looked like the Atlanta Braves might need just one run. Evan Gattis provided it with one swing and then supplied an insurance run later for good measure. The catcher homered leading off the seventh inning to break up a scoreless duel between Santana and San Diego fill-in starter Jason Lane, and the Braves defeated the Padres 2-0 on Monday afternoon.

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Jason Lane’s path back to the majors after a six-year hiatus has been rather interesting, going from hitting 20-plus homers in a season as a position player during his first stint to earning his way back as a pitcher. With Ian Kennedy injured, the San Diego Padres will make Lane the oldest pitcher in seven years to make his first major league start as he faces the Atlanta Braves on Monday night at Turner Field. Lane played as an outfielder for Houston and San Diego from 2002-07, hitting .267 with 26 homers and 78 RBIs in 145 games during his best season in 2005 with the Astros. The left-hander signed minor league contracts with eight different teams beginning in 2008 and eventually converted to a pitcher’s role.

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In one of the stranger baseball stories we’ve heard this season, several Houston Astros players have anonymously expressed displeasure to the media over the fact that Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday despite posting a 9.74 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster.
Apparently, there’s also some discontent over Appel being in the clubhouse on Sunday morning after he was invited to Minute Maid Park to throw a bullpen session in front of Astros coaches and front office personnel.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of Ultimate Astros provided more details on Twitter. 
Mark Appel was brought into the clubhouse early, leaving long before most of the players arrived. A few saw him, though. — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
“It’s (expletive) unbelievable,” an Astros player just said out of the blue about Mark Appel being allowed throw a bullpen. — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
Let’s just put it this way, folks, the fact that Appel was brought here has upset more than a few players. — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
In a sport that prides itself on having guys pay dues, the Astros didn’t help perception in clubhouse that Appel is being babied. — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
Another player just approached me to complain about Appel’s promotion and bullpen session. Multiple expletives were dropped. Not good. — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
The first thought is: What’s the big deal?
The second thought is: No, really, what’s the big deal?
Though it may seem like the Astros are in some ways giving Appel preferential treatment, it has to be understood that the circumstances surrounding Appel are unusual because it’s rare that a top pick struggles this much, this soon. The Astros obviously want to do what’s best for Appel’s development. By letting him throw in front of their coaches and front office personnel, perhaps they can gain a better perspective of his struggles and help him turn it around quicker.
That’s actually pretty smart if that’s the plan. And the fact that he may have changed or even walked through the clubhouse before and after means little. Give the kid a break.
As for the promotion, it’s pretty common for top prospects to be moved aggressively. Sometimes it’s not just about performance and mechanics when developing and promoting players, it’s also about maintaining confidence and giving them new challenges, even if the old ones didn’t go well. That might be the only way they’ll learn what he’s made of as a pitcher and a person. 
Mark Appel is different, because he is a former No. 1 pick. There’s more pressure on him to reach his potential, and there’s more pressure on the Astros to develop that potential. That means he gets more attention on just about every level. That’s just the way it is. It isn’t necessarily fair to other players, but baseball isn’t about being fair, it’s about winning, even if a few feelings get hurt along the way. 
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