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Jansen faces Simmons in Spring Training

ANAHEIM, California / FORT MYERS / WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (USA) - On Sunday (March 25), four Dutch players played in Major League Spring Training-games.

With the final games of Sping Training on their schedules, the 30 Major League-teams will start packing and return to their home stadiums or the cities where they will open the new season. In the upcoming days, several exhibition games will play in Major League-stadiums or teams will play at a site of one of their Minor League-teams. Spring Training ends on Tuesday. The regular season opens coming Thursday (March 29) with all teams getting into action. Before that, all rosters have to be brought back to 25 players.

Four California-based teams already have left their Spring Training-facilities in Arizona. Traditionally, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels will close their Spring Training with a series of games playing at each others stadium. San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, the other two Californian neighbours, do the same.

Today, the Dodgers won 4-2 at the Angels, while the Giants won 5-1 in Oakland.

The four Dutch players who played on Sunday were Xander Bogaerts, Kenley Jansen, Spencer Kieboom and Andrelton Simmons.

Also today, catcher Paul Brands became the 23rd Dutch player to be in a Major League Spring Training Camp this year. He was added to the main-squad of Pittsburgh Pirates, but didn't play. With 23, a new record was set.

(March 25)

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At Anaheim, Los Angeles Angels played its first game in its home stadium in Anaheim and met neighbour Los Angeles Dodgers, who won 4-2. The Dodgers broke a 2-2 tie by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Andrelton Simmons started as short stop for the Angels and was 0-for-3.

The Angels opened the score with a homerun by Zack Cozart in the second inning. Simmons then led off the third inning, but he grounded out. In the fourth, Mike Trout led off with a homerun to double the lead for the home team.

In the top of the fifth, after a pitching change, the Dodgers came alongside on runscoring grounders by Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger. In the bottom of the fifth, Simmons got his next at bat and grounded out.

The Dodgers then took a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh. Chris Taylor led off with a homerun and with one out, Puig also homered. That was reviewed by the umpires, but it remained a homerun.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Kenley Jansen took the mound for the Dodgers. He began with a strikeout, then faced Simmons, who grounded out to third base. Hereafter, Martin Maldonado hit a single to become the lone baserunner Jansen allowed in the four games he pitched in Spring Training. Jansen closed with a strikeout was credited with a Hold.

Simmons left the game in the top of the ninth, as Nolan Fontana took over as short stop.

At Fort Myers, Boston Red Sox won 6-1 at Minnesota Twins. Boston broke an 1-1 tie by scoring twice in the second inning, then added three more runs in the fourth.

Xander Bogaerts was the starting short stop for Boston and was 1-for-3 with a walk.

In the first inning, the lead-off hitters of both teams hit a homerun. For Boston, Mookie Betts led off the game with a homerun. In the bottom of the first inning, Brian Dozier homered to make it an 1-1 tie.

After Betts had homered, J.D. Martinez singled and with two outs, Bogaerts also singled, but they were left behind.

Boston took a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Bogaerts led off the third inning and grounded out, then three more runs were added in the fourth. Betts then hit his second homerun of the game to make it a 5-1 score. With two outs, Andrew Benintendi also homered. Hereafter, Bogaerts walked, but then stranded again.

In the seventh inning, Bogaerts lined out and he was then replaced in the bottom of the seventh by new centerfielder Chris Madera. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. took over as short stop.

At West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals played at home against St. Louis Cardinals and won 4-2. Washington broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning.

In the top of the seventh inning, Spencer Kieboom entered the game as the catcher for Washington.

In the bottom of the seventh, Wilmer Difo led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Moises Sierra to put Washington ahead. Hereafter, Kieboom walked in his lone at bat, but he stranded on first base.

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