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Early-season errors pile up for Miami Marlins

 
 
Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals steals second base in the seventh inning against Derek Dietrich #32 of the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on April 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals steals second base in the seventh inning against Derek Dietrich #32 of the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on April 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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Even though five of the Marlins’ major league-high 11 fielding errors fall outside his jurisdiction, infield coach Perry Hill said the sloppy play has kept him up nights searching for remedies.

“I take it personally, like hard,” Hill said.

Following Wednesday’s three-error monstrosity, Hill said he returned to his hotel room and stayed up until 3:15 a.m. watching a replay of the 10-7 loss.

“All the bad parts, over and over and over,” Hill said.

Of the 11 errors, six have been charged to infielders, with Derek Dietrich on the hook for three of those. Dietrich, after moving to third base as part of a double switch, made a throwing error in Wednesday’s decisive eighth inning that changed the complexion of the inning.

Dietrich fielded Denard Span’s bunt but threw the ball away, allowing runners to advance an extra base. With first base open, Anthony Rendon was walked intentionally. Jayson Werth followed with a grand slam off reliever Carlos Marmol.

Hill said Dietrich should have simply held onto the ball.

“Sometimes you’ve got to realize the other team gets paid, too,” Hill said. “Just pick it up and throw it back to the pitcher.”

Marmol’s meltdown

Carlos Marmol had his first late-inning meltdown Wednesday, serving up Werth’s grand slam. But manager Mike Redmond said he has no intention of leaving Marmol out of the late-inning relief mix based on one outing.

“We’re going to need this guy to pitch in some big situations and some big games,” Redmond said. “That’s why we signed him. I mean, this guy’s closed down a lot of games, pitched in a lot of big situations over the course of his career.”

Marmol had not allowed a run in his first four appearances before Wednesday’s eighth-inning crash.

• An MRI performed Wednesday in Miami on injured pitcher Jacob Turner confirmed the original diagnosis: a right shoulder strain. Though Turner is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 19, Redmond said there is no timetable on his return.

• Infielder Rafael Furcal is set to begin playing games on Monday in extended spring training in Jupiter. Redmond said Furcal (hamstring) has been running the bases and taking part in other baseball activities.

•  Christian Yelich is now 13 for 13 in stolen-base attempts, matching Edgar Renteria’s team record for consecutive steals to begin his Marlins career.

Coming up

•  Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.

•  Saturday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46) at Phillies RHP Jonathan Pettibone (first start of season), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.

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