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Jurickson Profar, Spencer Kieboom play first game; Juremi Profar added

FORT MYERS / SARASOTA / TAMPA, Florida / GOODYEAR / MESA / SURPRISE, Arizona (USA) - On Sunday (February 26), infielder Juremi Profar was assigned to the main-squad of the Texas Rangers for today's exhibition game. He didn't play, but his older brother Jurickson Profar played in his first game of the Spring Training-season. Profar was one of six players from the Netherlands who got into action on Sunday.

At Tampa, Didi Gregorius was the starting short stop for the New York Yankees in a home-game against a split-squad of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees won 7-2 on only five basehits, including a 3-run homerun by Starlin Castro and 2-run homerun by non-roster player by Billy McKinney. The two Toronto-runs were scored on a homerun by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Gregorius was 0-for-2.

At Fort Myers, Minnesota Twins won 5-2 against Washington Nationals. American-born Dutch catcher Spencer Kieboom took over the catching for Washington in the bottom of the fifth inning. He walked with two outs in the sixth inning, but was left behind. Kieboom grounded out in the eighth inning. German Max Kepler started in rightfield for the Twins and was 0-for-3, but batted in a run.

At Sarasota, Jonathan Schoop was the starting second baseman for Baltimore Orioles in the game against Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted 1-for-3 in the 8-3 victory for the O's, who broke a 3-3 tie with a 5-run rally in the seventh inning. In the second inning, Schoop doubled with one out and scored on a 2-out single by Hyun Soo Kim, which gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead. Schoop struckout in the fourth inning and grounded out in the sixth.

At Goodyear, San Francisco Giants won 9-5 at Cincinnati Reds. San Francisco trailed 4-2 after two innings, then rallied for four runs in the third and added two more in the fourth. In the bottom of the seventh, Shawn Zarraga entered the game as pinch-hitter for the Reds and struckout. Zarraga became the new designated hitter and got his second at bat in the ninth. With one out and a runner on first base, Zarraga grounded into a double play that ended the game.

At Mesa, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-3 at Oakland Athletics. The Angels broke a 2-2 tie with a 3-run rally in the seventh inning. Andrelton Simmons was the starting designated hitter for the Angels and was 0-for-3 with one strikeout.

(February 26)

Related Articles:
Daniel Arribas & Chris Pieters make Spring Training-debut. (February 25)
Didi Gregorius homers in first Spring Training at bat. (February 24)
Xander Bogaerts first Dutch player in Spring Training-action. (February 23)

Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers
The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers met each other for the second day in a row. The game was played in Surprise Stadium at the Surprise Recreation Campus, the complex they both shared for Spring Training. Before Saturday's game, there was a moment of silence to remember Royals-pitcher Yordano Ventura, who passed away on January 22 at age 25 in a car crash in his native country, the Dominican Republic. Ventura won the World Series with the Royals in 2015.

After the Royals won 7-5 on Saturday, the Rangers won 6-4 today.

In this game, Jurickson Profar played in his first game for the Rangers. His brother Juremi Profar was added to the squad for this game. He got his assignment earlier in the day to join the team, but he didn't play. Juremi initially was on the roster of the Netherlands Kingdom Team for the trainingcamp in Arizona, but he opted to be in Spring Training-camp with the Rangers. Jurickson will be with the Netherlands National Team next week for the World Baseball Classic in South Korea.

...Jurickson Profar playing for the Netherlands Team...
...during the 2013 World Baseball Classic...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Jurickson Profar was the starting short stop for the Rangers and was 1-for-1, scored one run, batted in one and walked twice.

The Rangers opened the score in the top of the first inning thanks to a 2-run homerun by Ryan Rua.

In the second inning, Profar walked with one out and advanced to third base on a single by Doug Bernier. Moments later, he scored on a following single by Delino DeShields to make it a 3-0 score.

In the fourth, Robinson Chirinos led off for the Rangers and reached second base on an error. He was replaced by pinch-runner Luis Marte, who then scored when Profar singled.

In the sixth, after A.J. Jimenez had led off with a single, Profar received his second walk. He was then replaced by pinch-runner Hanser Alberto. A double play followed. That brougt Jimenez to third base and he went on to score on a wild pitch.

Trailing 6-1, the Royals rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to turn the game around.

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