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Seattle adds Aruban Eugene Helder for Spring Training-game

KISSIMMEE / FORT MYERS / WEST PALM BEACH, Florida / PEORIA, PHOENIX, Arizona (USA) - Seattle Mariners had two games scheduled on Tuesday (February 27), which were played by split-squads. In order to have enough players available for the two games, 18 Minor League-players were added, including Aruban third baseman Eugene Helder. With that, 14 players from the Netherlands have now participated in Major League Spring Training so far this year.

One Seattle-team played at home in Peoria (Arizona) against San Diego Padres and lost 11-6. The other team played in Surprise (Arizona) and lost 14-9 to the Kansas City Royals.

...Eugene Helder...
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Everett AquaSox)
The 22-year old Eugene Helder, who was assigned to uniform number 8, didn't play. Helder plays professionally in the organization of the Mariners since 2014. Last year, he mostly played in Single-A Short Season, playing in 70 games and hitting .304 (87-for-286) with 14 doubles and two homeruns. He scored 44 runs and batted in 43. Helder also made his debut in Triple-A last season, playing in five games.

On Tuesday, the following Dutch players got into action: Ozzie Albies, Xander Bogaerts, Ray-Patrick Didder, Spencer Kieboom and Shawn Zarraga.

(February 27)

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At Kissimmee, the game between Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates ended in a 3-3 tie in nine innings. Both teams scored two runs in the fourth inning and one run in the seventh at bat. Back-to-back doubles from Christopher Bostick and José Osuna gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh. But Atlanta came alongside when Johan Camargo led off the bottom of the seventh with a homerun.

Ozzie Albies started as second baseman for Atlanta and was 0-for-2. Ray-Patrick Didder replaced him and was 0-for-1.

In the first inning, Albies walked with one out, moved on a grounder, but then was left behind. In the third at bat, with a runner on first base and one out, Abies grounded into a double play. Albies stepped up to the plate for the third time in the fifth inning, but then grounded out.

In the top of the sixth, Didder took over at scond base. He got his lone at bat in the eighth and then struckout.

At Fort Myers, Boston Red Sox played at home against St. Louis Cardinals and lost 6-1. Boston took an 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but St. Louis answered with three runs in the top of the third and held the Red Sox scoreless in the remainder of the game.

Xander Bogaerts batted as fifth for the BoSox and started as short stop. He was 1-for-2 and scored the lone run for his team.

In the second inning, Bogaerts led off with a walk off of starter Luke Weaver. He then reached second base safely when an error was made on a force play-grounder by Brock Holt. Bogaerts moved to third base when next hitter Sandy Leon flied out. Hereafter, Bogaerts scored in a double play-situation. Esteban Quiroz struckout, while Holt attempted to steal second base. On the throw to second, Bogaerts took off and scored just before Holt was tagged out.

With two outs in the fourth inning, Bogaerts singled, as did next hitter Brock Holt, but a force out then ended the at bat. In the sixth, Bogaerts popped out. He was replaced in the top of the seventh by Conrad Gregor, who became the new first baseman. Chad De La Guerra entered the game as new short stop, but replaced leftfielder Andrew Benintendi in the batting order.

At West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins played a 2-2 tie. Washington scored in the bottom of the fourth and sixth inning, but Miami came alongside in the top of the eighth.

Spencer Kieboom played at first base for Washington and was 1-for-2.

Kieboom entered the game in the top of the sixth inning, replacing second baseman Howie Kendrick in the batting order. As first baseman, Kieboom took over from Chris Dominguez.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Washington scored its second run in the game. Matt Reynolds led off with a walk and José Marmolejos singled. With one out, an error on a force play-grounder by Miguel Montero enabled Reynolds to score. With runners on first and second base, Javy Guerra became the new pitcher. The inning then ended when a line drive from Kieboom was caught by short stop Peter Mooney and resulted in a double play.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, with one out and the score at 2-2, Kieboom singled. A pop-up followed, then the game ended when Kieboom was forced out on second base.

At Phoenix, the game between Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers also ended in a tie after nine innings. Texas led 4-0 after six innings, but Los Angeles then scored a run in the seventh and added two in the eighth at bat. In the bottom of the ninth, a wild pitch enabled Los Angeles to score its fourth run, leading to a 4-4 tie.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shawn Zarraga entered the game as pinch-hitter for Corey Seager and became the new designated hitter. In the inning, off of new pitcher Deolis Guerra, Tim Locastro led off with a single and moved on a wild pitch, then scored when Omar Estevez homered. With the score now at 4-3 in favor of Texas, Zarraga stepped up to the plate, but struckout.

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