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Carter Kieboom successful with hits, one RBI for Washington

FORT MYERS / WEST PALM BEACH, Florida / PEORIA / PHOENIX / SURPRISE, Arizona / SUMMERLIN (LAS VEGAS), Nevada (USA) - On Sunday (March 8), which was International Women's Day, eighteen games were played in Spring Training. Eight in Florida, nine in Arizona and one in Nevada.

In today's games, nine Netherlands-players came into action. Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox), Jurickson Profar (San Diego Padres). Jonathan Schoop (Detroit Tigers) and Andrelton Simmons (Los Angeles Angels) were in the starting line-up. Edmond Americaan (Chicago Cubs), Sherten Apostel (Texas Rangers), Calten Daal (Minnesota Twins), Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Carter Kieboom (Washington Nationals) all entered their game later.

Kieboom was the lone player to record a basehit. He collected two and also batted in a run.

(March 8)

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Sherten Apostel & Zander Wiel first Netherlands-players in action in Spring Training. (February 21)
Five Netherlands-players in Spring Training-action on Saturday. (February 22)
Wiel homers for Minnesota; Gregorius makes Philadelphia-debut. (February 23)
No hits, but 3 walks for 5 Netherlands-players in Spring Training. (February 24)
Spring Training-basehits for Albies, Apostel and Kieboom. (February 25)
Good Spring Training-outings Ozzie Albies & Kenley Jansen. (February 26)
Zander Wiel hits second Spring Training-homerun. (February 27)
Jonathan Schoop hits 2-run double for Detroit Tigers. (February 28)
Carter Kieboom walks twice and scores for Washington. (February 29)
Productive outings Jurickson Profar, Andrelton Simmons & Kenley Jansen. (March 1)
Sherten Apostel contributes to Spring Training-win Texas Rangers. (March 2)
Ozzie Albies and Carter Kieboom collect two Spring Training-basehits. (March 3)
Xander Bogaerts plays in first Spring Training-game. (March 4)
Kenley Jansen allows first batter to reach base. (March 5)
Simmons singles and scores; Profar, Apostel also productive. (March 6)
Edmond Americaan hits basehit in Spring Training-debut. (March 7)

At jetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Boston Red Sox played at home against Minnesota Twins and won 7-6. All runs were scored from the sixth inning on.

Xander Bogaerts started as short stop for Boston and was 0-for-2. Calten Daal briefly played for Minnesota today. Daal was with the team again as an additional Minor League-player.

Bogaerts (who batted fourth) led off for Boston in the second inning, but struckout. He flied out in the bottom of the fourth. Bogaerts was replaced in the top of the fifth by Jonathan Arauz.

Both teams scored a run in the sixth inning. Minnesota then added two in the seventh. Alex Kirilloff led off with a double, then his pinch-runner Jimmy Kerrigan advanced on a single by Royce Lewis. After reaching first base, Lewis was replaced by Daal, who took over as pinch-runner. Moments later, Daal was forced out on second base on a grounder by Nick Gordon, but that also enabled Kerrigan to score. Next, the bases got loaded when German Max Kepler walked and Venezuelan Luis Arraez singled. Another force play-grounder, this time by Trevor Larnach then accounted for the next run.

In the bottom of the seventh, Daal stayed in the game and became the new short stop for Minnesota. In that at bat, Boston rallied for four runs on a single by John Andreoli, a 2-run double by Jonathan Lucroy and a grounder by Tyler Esplin.

In the top of the eighth, with two outs and a runner on second base, Joe Cronin was inserted as pinch-hitter for Daal and grounded out. In the bottom of the eighth, Boston scored two more runs on a triple by Chad De La Guerra. In the top of the ninth, Minnesota narrowed the deficit to 7-6 by scoring three runs.

At FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Detroit Tigers visited Washington Nationals and won 7-5.

Jonathan Schoop started for Detroit as second baseman and was 0-for-3. Carter Kieboom was inserted halfway as new third baseman for Washington and was 2-for-3 with a run batted in.

Schoop led off the second inning for Detroit and then grounded out. In the fourth, he closed the at bat with a strikeout.

Detroit opened the score with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. At that moment, Kieboom entered the game at third base for Washington. Austin Romine led off with a single, then Troy Stokes doubled. They scored on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Maybin and a 2-out single by Miguel Cabrera. Hereafter, C.J. Cron also singled, which led to a pitching change. The inning then ended when Schoop grounded out to Kieboom.

Kieboom had his first at bat in the bottom of the fifth inning. But with two outs and runners and the corners, the inning ended when Kieboom grounded out to Schoop.

Moments later, Detroit added two runs on a homerun by Jordy Mercer in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, all Detroit-starters left the game and Schoop was replaced by Daniel Pinero. In this at bat, Washington scored three runs on a 2-out homerun by Jake Noll and a 2-run homerun by Yadiel Hernandez.

In the bottom of the seventh, off of new pitcher Alex Wilson, Washington took a 5-4 lead, thanks to Kieboom. Luis Garcia led off with a single, then Victor Robles walked. The two advanced on a wild pitch, then another wild pitch led to the tying run and moved Robles to third base. He then scored the go-ahead run on a double by Kieboom. The next three batters were then retired.

Detroit re-took the lead in the top of the ninth by scoring three runs. A single and a sacrifice fly produced the first two runs, the third was scored on a throwing error by Kieboom. In the bottom of the ninth, Kieboom recorded a 2-out single, but was left behind.

At Peoria Stadium in Peoria, San Diego Padres played at home against a split-squad of Chicago White Sox and was shutout 6-0.

Jurickson Profar started at second base for San Diego and was 0-for-3.

In the bottom of the first inning, with runners at the corners, the at bat ended with a grounder from Profar. In the fourth inning, Eric Hosmer led off with a single, but hereafter, Profar grounded into a double play.

In the sixth inning, Profar hit another grounder and he was then replaced by Greg Garcia in the top of the seventh.

Chicago opened the score in the second inning on a homerun by Cheslor Cuthbert. Three runs were added in the third at bat, one on a double by Yasmani Grandal, then two when Cuthbert homered again. In the seventh, Yermin Mercedes hit a 2-run homerun to make it a 6-0 score.

At American Family Fields of Phoenix in Phoenix, a split-squad of Los Angeles Angels played at Milwaukee Brewers and lost 7-3.

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

Simmons grounded out in the second inning, then popped out in the fourth. He then led off the seventh inning and hit another grounder. Simmons was replaced in the bottom of the seventh by Leonardo Rivas.

Los Angeles took an 1-0 lead in the third inning on a single by Matt Thaiss. But Milwaukee answered with two runs in the fifth on a lead-off homerun by Logan Morrison and a 2-out homerun by Orlando Arcia.

Los Angeles re-took the lead in the top of the eighth, scoring twice. In the bottom of the eighth, Milwaukee rallied for five runs, highlighted by back-to-back, 2-out, 2-run doubles by David Freitas and Mario Feliciano.

At Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Texas Rangers played at home against Los Angeles Dodgers and won 9-8.

With Los Angeles leading 7-5 in the top of the sixth, Sherten Apostel entered the game as new third baseman for Texas.

Apostel (wearing uniform number 82) got his lone at bat in the bottom of the seventh. Adolis Garcia led off with a single, but he was eliminated as Apostel grounded into a double play on the first pitch he saw.

Los Angeles took an early lead, scoring two runs in the first and second inning. In the first on a 2-run double by Will Smith and in the second on a 2-run homerun by Cody Thomas.

Los Angeles made it a 7-0 score in its favor by scoring three more runs in the fourth on three runscoring singles.

But from the bottom of the fourth, Texas came back. In this inning, Kenley Jansen took over the Dodger-pitching from starter Julio Uriás. The righthander struckout the first two batters, but then gave up a homerun to Todd Frazier. A double followed, but Jansen then closed with another strikeout.

Texas added four runs in the fifth on a grounder by Shin-Soo Choo and a 3-run homerun by Nick Solak.

Solak had entered the game in the bottom of the first inning as pinch-runner for Willie Calhoun. The Texas-leftfielder was hit on the right side of his face by a 95 mph fastball from Dodger-starter Julio Urías. Calhoun dropped to the ground, sat there for some ten minutes, was attended, then was carted off and was transported to a local hospital in Phoenix for examinations. The team later announced that a CT scan revealed that he has a fractured jaw. Calhoun is the regular leftfielder of Texas Rangers. Calhoun and Urías were teammates when both played for Oklahoma City Dodgers (Triple-A) in 2017.

Texas scored three more runs in the sixth to take an 8-7 lead, highlighted by a 2-run double by Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Los Angeles came alongside in the seventh, but Texas made it 9-8 in its favor in the eighth on a single by Kiner-Falefa.

At Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin, a split-squad of Chicago Cubs played against a split-squad of Cincinnati Reds and lost 11-9. This was the second of two games the teams played in Las Vegas in the annual 'Big League Weekend'. A week ago, Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians played a 2-game series in the brand new and beautiful Las Vegas Ballpark.

Edmond Americaan (wearing number 97), who made his Spring Training-debut on Saturday, again played today, as he was the centerfielder for Chicago from the fifth inning on. The Curaçao-born Americaan was 0-for-2.

Cincinnati rallied for four runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead. But it was not enough. Chicago got one run back in its first at bat, then scored three in the second to come alongside. Noel Cuevas led off the second with a homerun.

Chicago scored three more runs in the third on back-to-back doubles by Ian Miller (2-run) and Kris Bryant, who in 2012 participated in the Haarlem Baseball Week in Haarlem (Netherlands). A homerun by Josh Phegley in the fourth made it an 8-4 score in favor of Chicago.

In the top of the fifth, Cincinnati got two runs back, one on a homerun by Phillip Ervin. In that inning, Americaan entered the game as new centerfielder for Chicago, replacing Ian Happ. In the bottom of the sixth, Americaan grounded out.

Cincinnati then rallied for five runs in the seventh, highlighted by a baseclearing, 3-run double by TJ Friedl. With Cincinnati now leading 11-8, Chicago scored its final run in the eighth when P.J. Higgins homered. That inning ended when Americaan popped out.

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