Video: Cody Bellinger hits 100th career home run

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Cody Bellinger‘s 36th home run of 2019 arrived on Friday night, placing him at the top of the leaderboards next to the Brewers’ Christian Yelich and inching him closer to his current career record of 39 homers in 2017. Even more impressive, the 397-foot shot represented the 100th such blast of the outfielder’s three-year track in the majors.

The career-defining home run was delivered in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs and Max Muncy standing on first base, Bellinger worked a 1-2 count against the Padres’ Eric Lauer, then belted the ball out to right field for a two-run homer:

According to MLB Stats, the 24-year-old reached the 100-HR mark in just 401 career games. He’s the fastest player to do so in franchise history, eclipsing Mike Piazza’s record of 100 dingers in 422 games. MLB.com’s Andrew Simon adds that the outfielder is also among the youngest to reach that particular threshold, joining the likes of Joe DiMaggio (1936-1938, age 23), Eddie Mathews (1952-1954, age 22), and Giancarlo Stanton (2010-2013, age 22).

Through Friday’s performance, the two-time All-Star is batting .332/.432/.684 with 85 RBI, a 1.116 OPS, and a career-high 6.4 fWAR across 458 plate appearances.

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.