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Another Kieboom in Major League Spring Training

FORT MYERS / WEST PALM BEACH, Florida / PHOENIX / MESA / SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (USA) - On Saturday (March 3), Carter Kieboom made his debut in Major League Spring Training. The brother of catcher Spencer Kieboom was added as an additional player of Washington Nationals on Friday, but he didn't play that day. On Saturday, Carter made his debut as short stop and played at the same time when his brother Spencer was the catcher for the Nationals.

Besides the Kieboom-brothers, five more Dutch players got into action: Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jurickson Profar, Chadwick Tromp and Shawn Zarraga.

With the addition of Carter Kieboom, a total of 15 Dutch players have now participated in Major League Spring Training.

Both Spencer and Carter Kieboom were born in the USA, but their father Alswinn Kieboom is from the Netherlands, where he has played himself in the Dutch big league as a catcher.

(March 3)

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At West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals played at Houston Astros and won 8-1 against the World Series-champion. Trailing 1-0, Washington rallied for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning.

...Spencer Kieboom (catcher) and Carter...
...Kieboom (short stop) playing at the same...
...time for Washington...
(© Photo: Alswinn Kieboom)
Spencer Kieboom was the second catcher in the game for Washington and was 0-for-2.

Making his Spring Training-debut with the Nationals was 20-year old Carter Kieboom (wearing number 91), the brother of Spencer (who wore number 64). The younger Kieboom made his professional debut in 2016 and played for three different teams last year. He then played in Rookie League and at two Single-A levels. In total, the short stop batted .297 (65-for-219) with sixteen doubles and nine homeruns. Carter Kieboom scored 41 runs and batted in 35.

In the top of the fifth inning, Washington took the lead by scoring two runs on an error. A runscoring wild pitch, 2-run single by José Marmolejos and 2-run double by Kelvin Gutierrez followed to give Washington a 7-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Carter Kieboom entered the game as replacement for rightfielder Rafael Bautista and took over as short stop for Reid Brignac.

In the top of the sixth inning, with two outs, his brother Spencer Kieboom was inserted as pinch-hitter for Miguel Montero, but he popped out. Kieboom stayed in the game and became the new catcher. He grounded out in the eighth inning.

Carter got his lone at bat in the seventh and then struckout.

At Fort Myers, Boston Red Sox played at home against New York Yankees. The match-ups between these two American League East-teams are always classic and so was today's game. Boston led 3-2 after seven innings, but then New York rallied for three runs and went on to win 5-3.

The short stop-position was all-Dutch. Amsterdam-born Didi Gregorius from Curaçao was the starting short stop for New York and Aruban Xander Bogaerts started in that position for Boston. Gregorius, who batted fourth, was 1-for-3, while Bogaerts was 2-for-2 and scored a run.

In the top of the first inning, with a runner on second base and two outs, then inning ended when Gregorius popped out to Bogaerts.

...Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Schoop and Didi Gregorius during a press...
...conference while playing for the Netherlands during the...
...2017 World Baseball Classic in Tokyo (Japan)...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the bottom of the second inning, Bogaerts led off with a single, but then was eliminated in a 4-6-3 double play with Gregorius being the middle player.

New York opened the score in the third inning off of new pitcher Joe Kelly when Aaron Hicks homered.

In the fourth, Brandon Workman became the new pitcher for Boston and he gave up a lead-off bunt-single to Gregorius. Moments later, Gregorius was caught stealing.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Bogaerts hit a double and then scored the tying run on a following single from Brock Holt. Bogaerts was replaced in the top of the fifth by Ivan De Jesus, Jr., who also became the new short stop.

In the sixth inning, Gregorius led off and flied out. Hereafter, Gleyber Torres doubled and gave New York a 2-1 lead by scoring on a 2-out single from Austin Romine. Gregorius was replaced in the bottom of the sixth by Jace Peterson, who moved to second base. Kyle Holder became the new short stop.

Singles by Sandy Leon and Steve Selsky gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. In the top of the eighth, New York got back on top on a 2-run double by Jeff Hendrix and a runscoring single from Miguel Andújar.

At Phoenix, Los Angeles Dodgers played at home against Arizona Diamondbacks and won 14-6. The team collected 19 basehits, scored six runs in the first inning and had a 4-run rally in the sixth.

Shawn Zarraga was 0-for-2 for the Dodgers.

Zarraga entered the game as pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the at bat, Los Angeles scored four runs, highlighted by back-to-back triples by Andrew Toles (2-run) and Jake Peter. After Keibert Ruiz accounted for the fourth run with a single, Zarraga became the pinch-hitter for Travis Taijeron. But he struckout to end the inning. Zarraga became the new designated hitter. In the eighth, he grounded out.

At Mesa, Chicago Cubs played at home against Cincinnati Reds and won 7-4. Chicago rallied for four runs in the seventh to make it 7-0 in its favor.

Chadwick Tromp entered the game in the bottom of the sixth, replacing Tucker Barnhart as catcher.

Tromp flied out in the seventh inning and grounded out in the ninth.

At Scottsdale, Texas Rangers lost 9-6 against a split-squad of San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale Stadium.

Jurickson Profar started as short stop for the visiting Rangers and was 2-for-3.

Texas opened the score in the top of the first inning. Delino DeShields led off with a double and Shin-Soo Choo followed with a homerun. Hereafter, Profar grounded out.

With one out in the third inning, Choo singled, as did Profar. The two moved on a grounder, but then were left behind.

In the top of the fifth inning, Profar led off with a double, but again stranded.

In the bottom of the sixth, Profar was replaced by Michael De Leon, who also took over as short stop.

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