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Xander Bogaerts homers for Boston

PORT CHARLOTTE / WEST PALM BEACH / LAKELAND / DUNEDIN, Florida / SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY / SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (USA) - On Tuesday (March 6), there was a full schedule again in Major League Spring Training and five Dutch players got into action.

Xander Bogaerts hit a homerun for Boston Red Sox.

The others, who played were Ozzie Albies, Didi Gregorius, Spencer Kieboom and Andrelton Simmons.

(March 6)

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At Port Charlotte, Boston Red Sox visited Tampa Bay Rays and won 9-1 at Charlotte Sports Park. Boston led 3-1 after six innings, added a run in the seventh, then rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Xander Bogaerts started as short stop for Boston and was 1-for-3. His basehit was a homerun.

In the top of the second inning, Rafael Devers and Bogaerts led off with back-to-back homeruns to put Boston ahead. Hereafter, Blake Swihart and Ivan De Jesus, Jr. back-to-back doubles to add another run.

Bogaerts popped up in the fourth and flied out in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, he was replaced by Josh Ockimey, who became the new first baseman. As short stop, Bogaerts was replaced by Tsu-Wei Lin, who entered the game for centerfielder Andrew Benintendi.

At West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals played at home against Houston Astros and lost 10-5. Leading 6-5 after seven innings, Houston decided the game by scoring four more runs in the eighth.

In the top of the seventh inning, Spencer Kieboom entered the game for catcher Matt Wieters and became the new first baseman.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kieboom led off with a single, but then was forced out on a grounder by Reid Brignac.

In the ninth, Kieboom was the final out of the game when he flied out to rightfield.

At Lakeland, New York Yankees won 7-2 at Detroit Tigers. New York broke a 2-2 tie by scoring two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth at bat.

Didi Gregorius was the lead-off hitter today for the Yankees. New Manager Aaron Boone is trying out several batting orders in Spring Training. Recently, Boone called Gregorius a leader in the team, who also works with younger players. Gregorius was 1-for-3.

Gregorus led off the game with a flyout in the first inning and struckout in the third.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Gregorius singled. After next hitter Aaron Judge struckout, a pitching change followed. The inning then ended when Gregorius was caught stealing.

In the bottom of the sixth, Gregorius was replaced by Ronald Torreyes, who became the new first baseman. Kyle Holder entered the game as new short stop.

At Dunedin, Atlanta Braves won 5-1 at Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin Stadium. Atlanta broke an 1-1 tie in the fourth inning by scoring two runs. The team then added runs in the fifth and sixth inning.

Ozzie Albies was the lead-off hitter and starting second baseman for Atlanta and was 0-for-3.

Albies led off the first inning with a grounder. In the third, Carlos Franco led off with a double for Atlanta, but hereafer, Albies lined out to short stop Aledmys Diaz.

In the fifth, Franco led off with a homerun and this time, Albies followed with a grounder.

With two outs in the seventh inning, Albies was replaced by pinch-hitter Alay Lago, who grounded out. Hereafter, Lago became the new second baseman.

At Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community/Scottsdale, Los Angeles Angels played at Arizona Diamondbacks and lost 5-4. Arizona took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Los Angeles came alongside by scoring in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Arizona re-took the lead by scoring two runs.

Andrelton Simmons started as short stop for the Angels and batted in one run.

Simmons led of the third inning and then lined out to centerfield.

In the top of the fifth, Zack Cozart led off for Los Angeles and reached on an error. He then moved to third base on a single by Luis Valbuena and scored the first run for the Angels on a sacrifice fly by Simmons.

Simmons left the game in the bottom of the sixth when he was replaced by José Miguel Fernandez, who went on to play at third base. Connor Justus became the new short stop.

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