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.
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.
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.
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.
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.