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Gregorius homers, Simmons injured in Spring Training

TAMPA / FORT MYERS / KISSIMMEE / SARASOTA, Florida / SURPRISE / MESA, Arizona (USA) - On Thursday (March 8), six Dutch players got into action in Major League Spring Training.

They produced six basehits. One of them was a homerun by Didi Gregorius in a game of the New York Yankees.

Andrelton Simmons sustained an injury. The short stop of Los Angeles Angels was diving to a ball, but injured his shoulder.

The other players who played were Ozzie Albies, Xander Bogaerts, Jurickson Profar and Jonathan Schoop.

(March 8)

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At Tampa, New York Yankees played at home against Philadelphia Phillies and lost 7-6. Trailing 1-0, New York scored three runs in the fourth and fifth inning, but the team failed to hold onto the 6-1 lead. The Phils rallied for four runs in the sixth and added two runs in the eighth to make it a 7-6 score in its favor.

Didi Gregorius started as short stop for New York and contributed with a 2-run homerun. He was 1-for-3.

In the second inning, Gregorius grounded out and he got his next at bat in the fourth.

At that moment, New York trailed 1-0. With two outs, Gary Sanchez walked, then the Yankees took a 2-1 lead when Gregorius followed with a 2-run homerun. Hereafter, Brandon Drury doubled and scored the next run on a single by Erik Kratz.

Singles by Giancarlo Stanton (2 runs) and Gary Sanchez lifted the lead to 6-1 in the fifth at bat. Hereafter, Gregorius flied out.

In the top of the sixth, Gregorius was replaced by (new rightfielder) Trey Amburgey. Danny Espinosa entered the game as new short stop.

At Fort Myers, Boston Red Sox played at home against Tampa Bay Rays in a game that ended in a 6-6 tie. Tampa Bay led 6-2 halfway the fifth inning, but Boston then scored twice in the fifth and seventh inning.

Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-3 with a double and batted in a run. He started as short stop for Boston.

In the bottom of the first inning, Bogaerts grounded out with a runner on second base, ending the at bat.

In the third inning, with two outs, J.D. Martinez and Bogaerts both singled. The bases got loaded when next hitter Jackie Bradley, Jr. was hit by a pitch, but the three runners were left behind.

In the sixth inning, trailing 6-2, Boston scored two runs. With one out, Hanley Ramirez and Martinez both singled. Bogaerts then followed with a runscoring double and after a pitching change, Boston scored another run. But Bogaerts stranded on third base.

In the top of the sixth, Bogaerts was replaced by Sam Travis, who took over at first base. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. took over as short stop.

At Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves hosted Houston Astros and lost 6-4. Houston led 3-0 halfway the fourth inning, but Atlanta then came alongside. After both teams added a run, Houston broke a 4-4 tie by scoring twice in the top of the ninth.

Ozzie Albies started at second base for Atlanta, but was 0-for-3.

In the bottom of the first and the third inning, Albies flied out. In the fifth, with one out, Ender Inciarte walked, but he was forced out on second base on a grounder by Albies, who then stranded himself on first base.

In the top of the sixth, Albies was replaced by Chris Stewart, who became the new catcher. Christian Colón entered the game as new second baseman.

At Sarasota, Baltimore Orioles played at home against Toronto Blue Jays and lost 9-3.

Jonathan Schoop started as second baseman for the O's and was 1-for-3.

The bottom of the first inning ended when Schoop struckout. He again struckout when he led off the fourth inning, but he was more successful in the sixth. With two outs, Schoop doubled, but he was left behind.

In the top of the seventh, Schoop was replaced by Engelb Vielma. He became the new short stop, while Luis Sardinas entered as new second baseman.

At Surprise, Texas Rangers nipped a split-squad of Chicago White Sox 5-4. Trailing 2-1, Texas scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, but Chicago also scored two runs in the seventh. Texas then came alongside in the bottom of the seventh and added a run in the eighth.

Jurickson Profar played at third base for Texas and was 1-for-2. He also scored a run and batted in a run.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Adrian Beltre singled for Texas. Profar then entered the game as his pinch-runner. He advanced on a walk, but then was left behind.

In the top of the fifth, Profar became the new third baseman.

In the bottom of the sixth, Profar contributed in Texas taking the lead. Trailing 2-1, and facing new pitcher Rob Scahill, Shin-Soo Choo led off for Texas with a single. His pinch-runner Destin Hood moved to second base when a pick-off attempt by the catcher ended in a throwing error. With one out, Profar delivered a runscoring single to make it a 2-2 score. Profar then moved to third base on a single by Preston Beck and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Hanser Alberto.

Chicago took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh, but Texas came alongside in its seventh when Hood homered. The inning ended when Profar flied out. Texas then again took the lead in the eighth when Beck homered.

At Mesa, Los Angeles Angels played at Oakland Athletics and lost 7-3. Los Angeles led 3-0 in the third inning, then Oakland scored in the third and fourth at bat, then rallied for four runs in the fifth inning.

Andrelton Simmons started as short stop for Los Angeles and was 0-for-2, but he left the game with an injury.

Simmons grounded out in the top of the second and the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, with Texas leading 3-2, Oakland had runners on first and second base with one out. Jed Lowrie then connected for a single through the leftside of the infield, which led to the tying run. Simmons, who played deep at the border of the infield, ran towards the ball into short leftfield and made a diving play trying to field the ball. He dived to his rightside, but while doing so, he then rolled awkwardly and injured his left shoulder. While he was smiling again moments later, Manager Mike Scioscia took his infield-ace out the game and brought in Colin Walsh as his replacement. When the game resumed, Khris Davis delivered a 2-run triple and a run was added on a sac-fly by Matt Olson.

After the game, an MRI exam concluded that Simmons sustained a strain of his shoulder. He is now day-to-day, but reports are that Simmons is doing fine.

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