Jaime Garcia throws two innings in comeback from shoulder injury

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As soon as Jaime Garcia opted for rest and rehab instead of surgery there were questions about how his shoulder would hold up this season, but the Cardinals left-hander took a big step in his recovery yesterday.

Garcia tossed two shutout innings against the Red Sox and afterward told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that “it went real well.”

Garcia threw 43 pitches in two innings, so it wasn’t exactly a smooth outing, but as manager Mike Matheny told Goold: “I’m not dissecting everything he’s doing … I’m just watching him go out there and do his thing.”

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.