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Spencer Kieboom collects two basehits for Washington

FORT MYERS / WEST PALM BEACH, Florida / PHOENIX, Arizona (USA) - On Sunday (February 25), the following four Dutch players got into action in Spring Training, Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox), Ray-Patrick Didder (Atlanta Braves), Spencer Kieboom (Washington Nationals) and Chadwick Tromp (Cincinnati Reds).

Kieboom had a fine afternoon for the Nationals, as he was 2-for-2, batted in two runs and scored a run in a 9-3 victory against Atlanta Braves.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Orioles added Czech catcher Martin Cervenka to the team for its game against Boston Red Sox, but he didn't play. Last season, the 25-year old Cervenka, who pays professionally since 2011, played in Single-A Advanced and batted .278 (111-for-400) with eight homeruns, scored 59 runs and batted in 57.

(February 25)

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At Fort Myers, Boston Red Sox played at home against Baltimore Orioles and won 7-1.

Xander Bogaerts started as short stop for the BoSox and was 1-for-2. With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Bogaerts singled off of starter Gabriel Ynoa, then moved to second base when next hitter Hanley Ramirez reached on a throwing error. The Aruban infielder then scored when Blake Swihart followed with a double to put Boston ahead, 1-0. Baltimore came alongside in the top of the fifth.

In the third inning, Bogaerts struckout against new pitcher Jayson Aquino. Bogaerts was then replaced in the top of the fifth inning by Jeremy Rivera.

Boston broke the 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, then added two runs in the sixth and one more in the eighth.

...Spencer Kieboom...
(© Photo: Alswinn Kieboom)
At West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals played against Atlanta Braves and won 9-3.

In the top of the fifth inning, Spencer Kieboom replaced short stop Trea Turner in the batting order and became the new catcher for Washington. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Ray-Patrick Didder became the new short stop for Atlanta, replacing Dansby Swanson.

With a 4-2 lead, Washington rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, new pitcher Luke Jackson got the bases loaded. That brought Spencer Kieboom in the batter's box and he delivered a 2-run single that lifted Washington's lead to 6-2. Hereafter, Osvaldo Abreu added a runscoring single and Andrew Stevenson connected for a 2-run single, which also brought in Kieboom.

In the top of the eighth inning, Didder got his lone at bat and struckout.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, with one out, Kieboom singled again. With two outs, he moved to third base on a single by Andrew Stevenson, but both were left behind.

Trailing 9-3, Atlanta got the bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth inning, but the three runners all stranded, as the next two hitters flied out.

At Phoenix, Chicago White Sox won 8-5 against a split-squad of Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, which celebrates its tenth year as the Spring Training-home of both the White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Cincinnati scored twice in the first and second inning to take a 4-0 lead, but the White Sox answered with five runs in the bottom of the fourth and added three more runs in the next at bat.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Chadwick Tromp replaced Stuart Turner and took over behind the plate for the Reds.

In the top of the eighth, Aristides Aquino led off wit a homerun for Cincinnati off of reliever Michael Ynoa. With two outs, Tromp walked, but he was left behind, as a flyout ended the at bat.

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