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Only three Dutch players in Spring Training-action on Tuesday

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida / PHOENIX / TEMPE, Arizona (USA) - On Tuesday (March 20), only three Dutch players saw action in Major League Spring Training-games. All were held hitless.

These three players were Spencer Kieboom, Jurickson Profar and Andrelton Simmons.

(March 20)

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At West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals won 8-3 at home against Miami Marlins. Trailing 3-2 after five innings, Washington scored twice in the sixth, then took more distance in the remainder of the game.

In the top of the seventh inning, Spencer Kieboom took over behind the plate for Washington.

Kieboom got his lone at bat in the eighth inning. He then led off and grounded out.

At Phoenix, Texas Rangers visited Chicago White Sox and was shutout 10-0. Chicago rallied for five runs in the bottom of the first inning and already led 10-0 after three innings. The team collected 20 basehits, while Texas recorded only three.

Jurickson Profar played the entire game for Texas as short stop. He was 0-for-4.

Profar struckout in the top of the first and fourth inning. In the seventh at bat, he popped out.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Preston Beck walked for Texas. But hereafter, Profar grounded into a game-ending double play.

At Tempe, Los Angeles Angels played at home against Arizona Diamondbacks and won 6-5. Los Angeles led 3-0 after five innings, but Arizona came alongside in the top of the sixth and added two runs in the ninth. Now trailing 5-3, the Angels scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Los Angeles came alongside on a 2-run triple by David Fletcher, who then scored the winning run on a walk-off single by Alberto Triunfel.

Andrelton Simmons started as short stop for the Angels and was 0-for-1, but he walked twice.

In the second inning, Kole Calhoun led off for Los Angeles with a double, then Simmons walked. With two outs, the bases got loaded when Martin Maldonado also walked. A following walk for Ian Kinsler the produced the first run, but hereafter, three runners were left behind.

In the third inning, leading 2-0 and with a runner on third base with one out, Simmons walked again, but stranded once more.

Simmons flied out to end the fifth inning. He was then replaced in the top of the sixth by new leftfielder Bo Way, while David Fletcher became the new short stop.

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