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Jonathan Schoop helps Baltimore to win with his fourth homerun

SARASOTA / KISSIMMEE / FORT MYERS, Florida (USA) - On Wednesday (March 14), three Dutch players got into action in Spring Training, all in games played in Florida.

Jonathan Schoop hit his fourth homerun in Spring Training and with it, helped Baltimore Orioles to win its game.

Ozzie Albies and Xander Bogaerts also played on Wednesday.

(March 14)

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At Sarasota, Baltimore Orioles played at home against New York Yankees and won 7-4. Baltimore trailed 3-2 halfway the second inning, but then scored three runs. Baltimore collected 16 basehits, including three by third baseman Tim Beckham.

...Jonathan Schoop hitting for the Netherlands...
...during the 2013 World Baseball Classic...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Jonathan Schoop started as second baseman for Baltimore and was 2-for-3, scored two runs and batted in two. One of his basehits was his fourth homerun this Spring Training. With the homerun, Schoop gave Baltimore the lead in the second inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, off of starting pitcher Chance Adams, Schoop singled with one out. He then advanced on a wild pitch and moved to third base on a grounder by Manny Machado. Moments later, he scored when next hitter Adam Jones homered.

After the Yankees had scored three runs in the top of the second inning, Baltimore did the same in its second at bat. Tim Beckham led off with a single, then Anthony Santander doubled. With one out, Beckham was eliminated at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch. Hereafter, Santander scored the tying run on a single by Trey Mancini. Schoop followed with a 2-run homerun that put Baltimore ahead, 5-3 and led to a pitching change. From here, Baltimore held onto the lead.

In the fourth inning, Schoop struckout. He was replaced in the top of the seventh inning by Pedro Alvarez, who became the new first baseman. Luis Sardinas entered the game as new second baseman.

At Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves played at home against Philadelphia Phillies and won 5-3. Atlanta broke an 1-1 tie in the fourth inning by scoring two runs, then added two more in the sixth at bat.

Ozzie Albies was the lead-off hitter for Atlanta, started as second baseman and was 1-for-4.

In the bottom of the first inning, Albies led off with a single off of starting pitcher Ben Lively, who threw five innings. Albies stranded on first base.

Hereafter, he flied out in the third inning and struckout in the fifth. Albies flied out again in the seventh inning off of new pitcher Jake Thompson.

He was then replaced in the top of the eighth by Daniel Lockhart, who also became the new second baseman.

At Fort Myers, Boston Red Sox visited Minnesota Twins and won 2-1. The game was played at CenturyLink Sports Complex, the Spring Training-site of Minnesota in Fort Myers. That's the same city where Boston also has its Spring Training-complex, playing at JetBlue Park.

Boston scored its runs in the second and third inning, Minnesota scored its lone run in the seventh at bat.

Xander Bogaerts started as short stop for Boston and was 0-for-3.

In the top of the first inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Bogaerts struckout.

Boston then opened the score in the second inning on a single by Mookie Betts. In the third, with one out, Bogaerts grounded out and hereafter, Mitch Moreland homered to make it a 2-0 score.

Bogaerts flied out to end the fifth inning. He was replaced in the bottom of the sixth by new leftfielder Blake Swihart, while Deven Marrerro entered as new short stop.

A single by Logan Morrison accounted for the lone Minnesota-run in the seventh.

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