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Spring Training-debut Kenley Jansen postponed

PHOENIX / GOODYEAR, Arizona / KISSIMMEE, Florida (USA) - Kenley Jansen, closer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was scheduled to make his first appearance during this years Spring Training on Friday (March 9). It was planned that he threw one inning in a home-game against Kansas City Royals, but that was scratched before the game started.

During preparations and warming-up for the game, Jansen's upper right hamstring tightened up. He was looked over by the team's athletic trainers and out of precaution, it was not decided to use Jansen in the game.

It was not necessary for Jansen to undergo additional tests. He will now pitch in a so-called 'B'-game on Monday. It is planned that he now will make his Spring Training-debut next Thursday.

Before the start of Spring Training, it already had been announced that Jansen would make only three appearances. He was a workhorse for the team last year and it was decided not to overwork him during Spring Training before the start of the new season.

Last year, Jansen pitched in 65 games for the Dodgers in the regular season and earned 41 saves in 42 save-opportunities. He struckout 109 hitters in 68 1/3 inning pitched, while walking only seven. He was 5-0 and had an 1.32 ERA.

On Friday, three Dutch players got into action: Didi Gregorius, Jurickson Profar and Chadwick Tromp.

(March 9)

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At Goodyear, Cincinnati Reds played at home against Texas Rangers and won 6-3. Cincinnati scored twice in the first, third and sixth inning.

Jurickson Profar played the entire game as short stop for Texas and was 0-for-4. Chadwick Tromp entered the game as catcher for Cincinnati and was 0-for-1.

In the top of the first inning, Delino DeShields led off for Texas with a single and then Shin-Soo Choo walked. But hereafter, Profar grounded into a double play.

In the fourth inning, Profar led off and then lined out to leftfield. In the sixth, Profar flied out to rightfield, ending the at bat.

In the top of the eighth, Texas narrowed the deficit to 6-3 when Luis Marte hit a 2-run homerun. The inning ended when a ball hit by Profar was caught again, this time a pop-fly to the catcher, who at that moment was Chadwick Tromp.

Tromp had entered the game in the top of the seventh, replacing starting catcher Tucker Barnhart. Tromp got his lone at bat in the bottom of the eighth, when his grounder ended the inning.

At Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves hosted New York Yankees and won 3-1. Atlanta broke an 1-1 tie in the seventh inning by scoring two runs on a 2-run double by Carlos Franco. New York was limited to only three basehits.

Didi Gregorius started as short stop for the Yankees and was 0-for-3.

Gregorius led off the second inning and then grounded out. He flied out in the fourth and popped out in the sixth after Gary Sanchez had tied the score with a homerun.

In the bottom of the sixth, Gregorius was replaced by Ronald Torreyes, who also became the new short stop.

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