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Basehits for Simmons, Gregorius and Profar

SARASOTA / TAMPA / KISSIMMEE / BRADENTON / WEST PALM BEACH, Florida / TEMPE / PEORIA, Arizona (USA) - On Friday (March 23), eight Dutch players came into action in the Major League Spring Training-games in Florida and Arizona.

Three of them collected basehits. Andrelton Simmons recorded two, Didi Gregorius and Jurickson Profar both had one.

The other players who played were Ozzie Albies, Carter Kieboom, Spencer Kieboom, Jonathan Schoop and Jiandido Tromp.

(March 23)

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At Sarasota, Baltimore Orioles played at home against a split-squad of Tampa Bay Rays and won 6-1. Trailing 1-0, Baltimore scored four runs in the fith, then added two in the next at bat.

Jonathan Schoop started at second base for Baltimore and was 0-for-4.

Schoop grounded out to end the bottom of the first inning. He again grounded out in the fourth.

In the fifth, Baltimore scored four runs, two on a single by Caleb Joseph, two on a homerun by Chris Davis.

In the sixth inning, Schoop led off and flied out. Hereafter, Craig Gentry doubled and Trey Mancini homered to make it a 6-1 score.

Schoop popped out in the bottom of the seventh, then was replaced by new second baseman Erick Salcedo in the top of the eighth.

At Tampa, New York Yankees played at home against Boston Red Sox and was shutout 5-0. Leading only 1-0, Boston added four runs in the final three at bats.

Didi Gregorius played a complete game as short stop for New York and was 1-for-3.

Gregorius struckout in the second inning, then lined out to centerfield in the fifth at bat.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Gregorius doubled, but was left behind.

At Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves played at home against Detroit Tigers and lost 11-3. Atlanta led 3-0 after four innings, but Detroit then came alongside in the fifth and rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning.

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

Albies flied out in the bottom of the first and second inning. He led off the fifth inning and then grounded out.

In the top of the sixth inning, Albies was replaced by new second baseman Danny Santana.

In the top of the seventh, Detroit recorded six consecutive basehits, including two doubles, off of new pitcher Matt Wisler. When he walked the seventh batter he faced, a pitching change followed. Wes Parsons took over, but later gave up an one-out, 2-run double to Carn Gibson that increased the lead to 10-3.

At Bradenton, Philadelphia Phillies visited Pittsburgh Pirates and won 8-2. Leading 4-0, the Phillies added four runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Minor Leaguer Jiandido Tromp was added again to the main-squad of Philadelphia and played in leftfield. He got one at bat.

Tromp entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning and replaced rightfielder Aaron Altherr. Tromp became the new leftfielder, while Collin Cowgill took over in rightfield.

Tromp got his lone at bat with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but then struckout.

At West Palm Beach, a split-squad of Washington Nationals played at home against a split-squad of Houston Astros and lost 3-1. Houston already led 3-0 halfway the third inning.

Both Kieboom-brothers played in this game and were inserted as pinch-hitter.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs, Carter Kieboom entered as pinch-hitter for pitcher Brandon Kintzler, but he grounded out. Kieboom left the game again in the top of the eighth, as he was replaced by new pitcher Ryan Madson.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Spencer Kieboom was a pinch-hitter for catcher Miguel Montero. Kieboom flied out, then became the new catcher in the top of the ninth.

At Tempe, Los Angeles Angels played at home against Oakland Athletics and lost 4-2.

The Angeles collected 12 basehits, including two by Andrelton Simmons, who started as short stop. He was 2-for-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the second inning, Simmons singled, then moved to third base on a single by Jefry Marte. But the two runners were left behind when a strikeout ended the inning.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Albert Pujols led off with his first homerun of Spring Training for the Angels. With two outs, Simmons recorded his second single. Hereaftter, he was replaced by pinch-runner Alberto Triunfel, who was caught stealing.

In the top of the fifth, Triunfel also took over as short stop.

At Peoria, Texas Rangers played at San Diego Padres and lost 9-7. San Diego trailed 7-0 halfway the fourth inning, then narrowed the deficit to 7-4 and rallied for five runs in the seventh.

Jurickson Profar started as short stop for Texas and was 1-for-3.

With one out in the top of the second inning, Profar singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Next batter Ryan Rua walked. Moments later, Profar was eliminated at third base trying to advance on a wild pitch.

In the top of the third, Texas added three runs on a homerun by Rougned Odor with two outs. Juan Centeno then singled, stole second base and moved to third base on a wild pitch. But he stranded, as the inning ended with a grounder by Profar.

In the fourth, Texas scored three more runs, including two on a homerun by Joey Gallo.

Profar struckout to end the top of the fifth, then San Diego got three runs back in its fifth when Raffy Lopez hit a 3-run homerun.

In the bottom of the seventh, Profar was replaced by new short stop Michael De Leon. In this at bat, San Diego turned the game its way by scoring five runs. The score was tied at 7-7 when Hudson Potts hit an inside-the-park, 3-run homerun. Later in the at bat, Christian Villanueva added a 2-run homerun.

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