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Only two Dutch players in Spring Training-action on Monday

KISSIMMEE, Florida / PHOENIX, Arizona (USA) - On Monday (March 5), some Major League-teams had no game scheduled in either the Grapefruit League (Florida) or Cactus League (Arizona).

And so, only two Dutch players got into action on Monday, coincidentally, the players whose family names begin with first ('A') and last ('Z') letter of the alphabet. Ozzie Albies and Shawn Zarraga respectively played for Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.

(March 5)

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At Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves won 7-5 against Pittsburgh Pirates. Atlanta scored three runs in the third and fifth inning.

Ozzie Albies started as second baseman for Atlanta and batted 1-for-2. He also scored a run and batted in one.

Albies grounded out in the bottom of the first inning. He then batted in the first run for Atlanta in the third at bat. Danny Santana and Ender Inciarte began the inning with singles to put runners at the corners. Albies followed with another basehit to bring in Santana and put Atlanta ahead. Hereafter, Inciarte and Albies executed a double-steal, then both scored on a following single by Johan Camargo to make it a 3-0 score.

In the bottom of the fifth, Albies led off with a walk, then moved on a single by Camargo. With one out, the bases got loaded when Ronald Acuna, Jr. was hit by a pitch. After Acuna was replaced by pinch-runner Cristian Pache, next hitter Preston Tucker grounded to pitcher Trevor Williams. That led to the elimination of Albies at the plate. Christian Colón followed with a 3-run double to make it a 6-1 score.

In the top of the sixth, Albies was replaced by Charlie Culberson, who also became the new second baseman.

At Phoenix, Los Angeles Dodgers won 8-1 against Cleveland Indians. The Dodgers broke an 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning by scoring four runs. The team then added three more in the next at bat.

Los Angeles took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when Matt Kemp homered with one out. Later in the inning, Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernández and (with two outs) Jake Peter delivered runscoring doubles to increase the lead to 5-1. With Peter on second base, Shawn Zarraga was inserted as pinch-hitter for designated hitter Corey Seager. Zarraga grounded out to end in the inning. He remained in the game as the new DH, but didn't get another at bat.

Los Angeles scored three more runs in the eighth on homeruns by Alex Verdugo (2-run) and DJ Peters.

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