In Friday’s Daily Dose, D.J. Short discusses Brandon McCarthy’s continued excellence and season-ending surgery for Garrett Richards.

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(Adds late games) Aug 21 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Thursday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Rays 1, Tigers 0 Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price gave up only one hit in eight innings but still lost to the former Tampa Bay Rays in his return to his former home. Price, the former Cy Young winner who spent his first seven seasons with Tampa Bay, faced the Rays for the first time since he was traded to Detroit July 31 in a three-team deal with Seattle. He received a standing ovation before the game, but was outdueled by Tampa Bay’s next ace Alex Cobb.

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Brandon McCarthy continued his resurgence by firing a four-hitter as the New York Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series with a 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon. Switch-hitting third baseman Chase Headley had a two-run double and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki lifted a sacrifice fly for the Yankees, who won for the third time in 10 games and snapped a four-game home losing streak. Those runs were enough for McCarthy (5-2), who lost his first two games with New York after his teammates were unable to score against Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco and Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb. McCarthy retired the first nine on 28 pitches before allowing a leadoff single to left fielder Robbie Grossman.

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Houston Astros manager Bo Porter concedes watching designated hitter Chris Carter strike out multiple times in a game can definitely test his patience. At the same time, the knowledge that Carter can slug pitches deep into the stands provides a little more leeway. “I think it makes it that much easier to sticks with a guy that the potential is there and that is working hard and you’re saying to yourself if it all comes together, you got a pretty special player,” Porter said Wednesday before the Astros’ 5-2 win over the New York Yankees. Carter went 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

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If you need saves off the waiver wire, you’ll need to hope for injuries – and then be there with the right guy.

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- – - Brewers 6, Blue Jays 1 Mike Fiers struck out six and the Milwaukee Brewers got two doubles each from first baseman Jonathan Lucroy and third baseman Aramis Ramirez in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Fiers went seven innings and held the Blue Jays to a run on two hits and a walk, while retiring his final 18 batters in order. The Brewers won their fifth straight to stay 2 1/2 games clear at the top of the National League Central. Toronto fell to 64-62 with the loss.

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From the Dodgers’ weekend indifference to the A’s lack of run production to the Tigers’ imploding bullpen, here’s a dozen topics that could shape baseball’s playoff races.

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Yankees head home with momentum

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Giancarlo Stanton remembers simply going through the motions as he’d head to the ballpark during the Miami Marlins’ 100-loss campaign last year. Now in the midst of possibly the best season of his career and with the Marlins thinking playoffs, his attitude – and that of his teammates – has changed drastically. Miami looks to stay hot as it hosts the opener of a two-game set with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. The Marlins (62-62) just took three of four against Arizona with Stanton going 7 for 14 in the series to raise his average to .295.

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Javier Baez has homered four times in his first 13 major league games, and the 21-year-old infielder has given the Chicago Cubs a much-needed boost as they trudge through another dismal season in the standings. Chicago is in last place, 16 games out of first, but for the first time in a while, there are signs of hope. ”I think these young men are getting a taste now of being in the big leagues, playing against a lot of clubs that are competing for the postseason,” manager Rick Renteria said.

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