Marlins’ infielders haven’t committed an error in 26 games, which hasn’t been done since 1913

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Per’s Patrick Pinak, citing STATS LLC, the Marlins’ infielders have gone 26 consecutive games without committing an error, a feat that hasn’t been done since 1913. The club has made up 4.5 games in the standings in the last week and a half. The defense is one part of the equation explaining their recent success.

Michael Jong of SB Nation’s Fish Stripes credits the stingy defense to Perry Hill, who coached the Marlins from 2002-07, then rejoined the club in 2011 where he’s been ever since. Jong explains that Hill has a simple approach with the Marlins’ infielders, which is simply to not give away outs. That’s illustrated by the infield’s current errorless streak, but also by the stats on the season as a whole. Marlins first basemen have committed only four errors, second basemen five, third basemen two, and shortstops six.

And, for what it’s worth, even the advanced stats show the Marlins to be an elite team. By UZR, found at Fangraphs, the Marlins rank eighth in all of baseball at 14.4 runs above average. Derek Dietrich has been a net negative at second base (-1.9), but first baseman Justin Bour (1.2), third baseman Martin Prado (2.1), and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (5.9) are all above average.

The Marlins are doing this, by the way, without Dee Gordon who won a Gold Glove at second base for his defensive work last season.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.