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Sherten Apostel contributes to Spring Training-win Texas Rangers

JUPITER / LAKELAND, Florida / SURPRISE, Arizona (USA) - On Monday (March 2), there were seventeen games on the schedule in the Major League Spring Training. Six in the Grapefruit League (Florida) and seven in the Cactus League (Arizona).

In today's games, three players from the Netherlands played. Jonathan Schoop (Detroit Tigers) was the only player who was in the starting line-up. Sherten Apostel (Texas Rangers) and Zander Wiel (Minnesota Twins) entered their game later. Apostel contributed to the win of his team with a run batted in.

(March 2)

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At Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Detroit Tigers hosted Boston Red Sox in what became a high-scoring game, as it ended with an 11-11 score after nine innings. Detroit collected 12 basehits, Boston 14.

Jonathan Schoop started as second baseman for Detroit and was 1-for-2. He also scored a run.

In his first at bat in the game in the bottom of the first inning, Schoop singled with two outs. When an error followed a single by C.J. Cron, Schoop scored the first run.

Trailing 1-0, Boston scored four runs in the top of the second inning on a single by Josh Ockimey and a 3-run homerun by Marcus Wilson. A 3-run homerun by Bobby Dalbec lifted the lead to 7-1 in the third inning.

Schoop struckout in the third inning and he was replaced by Harold Castro in the top of the sixth.

But with Boston leading 7-1, the game was far from over. Detroit scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh inning, thanks to 2-run homeruns by Travis Demeritte and Jake Rogers.

In the top of the eighth, Boston took more distance by scoring four runs. Two runs were scored on a homerun by Connor Wong.

With Boston leading 11-5, Detroit rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to come alongside. A basesloaded walk and two singles accounted for the first three runs. With two runners on base, two outs and after a pitching change, Demeritte connected for his second homerun in the game to make it an 11-11 score. A line out then ended the game.

At Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Minnesota Twins visited St. Louis Cardinals and lost 6-1.

St. Louis took an early lead, scoring a run in the first and three more in the second inning. Two more runs were added in the seventh, then Minnesota scored its lone run in the top of the eighth.

With St. Louis leading 6-1, Zander Wiel entered the game for Minnesota in the bottom of the eighth as new first baseman, taking over from Tomas Telis.

Wiel didn't got an bat, but made a defensive contribution in the bototm of the eighth. St. Louis got the bases loaded quickly, but Wiel then turned a double play. He caught a line drive hit by Edmundo Sosa, then eliminated the runner on second base.

At Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Texas Rangers played at home against Cleveland Indians and won 3-2.

In the top of the fifth inning, Sherten Apostel entered the game for Texas as new third baseman, replacing Todd Frazier.

Texas had taken an 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Robinson Chirinos. But in the top of the fifth, Cleveland scored twice. First, on a double by Delino DeShields, then on a single by Jake Bauers.

In the bottom of the fifth, Texas scored two runs and re-took the lead, thanks to Apostel. Facing new pitcher Kirk McCarty, Yadiel Rivera and Danny Santana opened with singles. Moments later, Apostel also delivered a single and that enabled Rivera to score the tying run, while Santana's pinch-runner Leody Taveras advanced to third base. Hereafter, Taveras scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly from Willie Calhoun.

With two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, Apostel struckout.

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