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Jonathan Papelbon surrendered four earned runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Padres.

Papelbon was called upon with the game tied 6-6 but couldn't hold the line, yielding a walk and four hits while recording only two outs. He watched his season ERA jump from 2.56 all the way to 3.62.
Jul 24 - 5:15 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner "has not given authorization to sell top guys" yet.

The Aroldis Chapman rumors have been swirling, but it doesn't appear Steinbrenner is ready to give up on the season just yet with the Yanks having won six of their last eight games to pull within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot. Ultimately, it would be hard to see the Bombers not selling, but perhaps it will depend on how they play this week. The Nationals, Cubs and Indians look like the three favorites to land Chapman.
Jul 24 - 5:14 PM

Lucas Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres.

Giolito escaped with a no-decision because the Padres didn't grab the lead for good until the top of the ninth inning, when they plated four runs against Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Giolito walked three and gave up four hits while recording zero strikeouts. He might be headed right back to the minor leagues with Joe Ross (shoulder) making swift progress in his rehab.
Jul 24 - 5:11 PM

Mark Teixeira (foot) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Teixeira burned Giants starter Jeff Samardzija for a solo home run in the second inning. After hitting a stellar .255/.357/.548 with 31 homers and 79 RBI last season, the 2016 campaign has been nothing short of a nightmare for Teixeira. Injuries have limited the veteran slugger to 67 games played, and when he has played, the results have been ugly. Like .188/.269/.325 triple-slash ugly. One can always hope that he finds himself in the final two months of the season, but there is nothing in Teixeira's season-long numbers that would suggest a major hot streak might be coming down the pike.
Jul 24 - 5:10 PM

Orioles signed LHP Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league contract.

Gorzelanny elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Indians' 40-man roster. He held a 21.00 ERA over seven appearances for the Tribe.
Jul 24 - 5:09 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by a rival executive that the Braves have been "aggressively shopping" Erick Aybar, Jeff Francoeur and their left-handed relievers.

Aybar had a nice June but has fell back to earth again in July. Francoeur entered play Sunday batting .288/.331/.450 against left-handed pitching, so it's possible he could fill a niche role. The Braves surely won't be expecting much.
Jul 24 - 5:06 PM

Angel Pagan singled, doubled and triple in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees.

Pagan finished 3-for-5, but alas, he couldn't find the power stroke and missed out on the cycle by a home run. The outfielder's three-hit afternoon pushed his triple-slash to .292/.337/.432. In terms of counting stats, he has five homers, 33 RBI, 37 runs scored and nine steals in 250 at-bats.
Jul 24 - 5:02 PM

Nathan Eovaldi continued his rotational resurgence in Sunday's win over the Giants, allowing two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Maybe Eovaldi's brief demotion to the bullpen shook something loose in his head. In two starts since returning to the rotation, the occasionally confounding flamethrower has surrendered only three runs across 12 frames. On Sunday, he struck out six, walked two and trotted off the mound two outs into the seventh inning having thrown 118 pitches (79 strikes). His 4.80 ERA and 1.36 WHIP for the season remain undesirable, but if he continues to show a renewed spark in the rotation, he has the arm talent to make for a legitimate fantasy difference-maker. That is a huge "if," though, and we have seen Eovaldi entice only to disappoint in the past. Buyer beware. He will look to continue rebuilding himself in a road start against the Rays next Saturday.
Jul 24 - 4:53 PM
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