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Albies, Gregorius, Simmons hitless in Spring Training on Monday

CLEARWATER / NORTH PORT, Florida / TEMPE, Arizona (USA) - On Monday (March 9), there were fourteen Spring Training-games. Seven in Florida, seven in Arizona.

Three players from the Netherlands participated in today's games, being Ozzie Albies (Atlanta Braves), Didi Gregorius (Philadelphia Phillies) and Andrelton Simmons (Los Angeles Angels). All were in the starting line-up and all remained hitless today.

(March 9)

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At Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Philadelphia Phillies played at home against New York Yankees and won 3-1.

Didi Gregorius was the starting short stop for Philadelphia and batted 0-for-3 against his former team.

In the bottom of the second inning, Gregorius led off and popped out. He grounded out in the fourth inning. In the sixth, Gregorius hit a line drive into centerfield, but there, centerfielder Josh Stowers made a running catch.

In the top of the seventh inning, Gregorius was replaced by Nick Maton.

New York opened the score in the top of the second inning on a single by Erik Kratz. Philadelphia came alongside in the third when Mikie Mahtook homered. The home-team decided the game in the eighth when Panamanian Christian Bethancourt hit a 2-run homerun.

At CoolToday Park in North Port, Atlanta Braves played at home against Boston Red Sox and lost 2-1.

Ozzie Albies was the starting second baseman for Atlanta and was 0-for-3.

Albies flied out in the first inning. With Atlanta trailing 1-0, Albies led off the fourth inning, but flied out again.

In the sixth, with Boston now leading 2-0, Atlanta's lead-off hitter Ender Inciarte was hit by a pitch. He moved into scoring position on a grounder by Albies. Inciarte then advanced on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Freddie Freeman. But this was to be Atlanta's lone run in today's game.

In the top of the seventh, Albies was replaced by Riley Unroe.

At Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Los Angeles Angels played at home against a split-squad of Cleveland Indians and lost 11-10.

Andrelton Simmons started for Los Angeles as short stop. He batted 0-for-2 with a walk and scored a run.

Los Angeles opened the score in the bottom of the second inning with three runs. With two outs, the bases got loaded when Justin Upton singled, Jason Castro doubled and Simmons walked. The first then scored on a wild pitch and the other two scored when next batter Brian Goodwin reached on an error.

Cleveland answered with five runs in the top of the third, highlighted by a 3-run homerun by Franmil Reyes. In the bottom of the third, Los Angeles came alongside on a 2-out, 2-run single by Castro, but the inning ended when Simmons grounded out.

In the fifth inning, Reyes led off for Cleveland with his second homerun in the game and his fifth of the Spring Training-season. With two outs, Taiwanese Yu-cheng Chang added a 2-run homerun to make it an 8-5 score.

In the bottom of fhe fifth, Upton produced an Angels-run with a homerun, but the inning again ended with a grounder by Simmons.

In the top of the sixth, Simmons was replaced by Livan Soto.

Cleveland scored again in the sixth and seventh inning. The run in the seventh was a homerun by Miguel Jerez in his first Spring Training-at bat. Earlier in the day, the Dominican first baseman was added as an additional Minor League-player.

Trailing 10-6, Los Angeles scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, including one on a passed ball and another one on a wild pitch. Cleveland added an insurance run in the eighth on a basesloaded walk. Los Angeles managed to add one more run in the ninth.

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