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Jonathan Schoop homers in final Spring Training-game; Start Minor League-seasons also delayed

LAKELAND / PORT CHARLOTTE / WEST PALM BEACH / ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (USA) - On Thursday (March 12), fourteen games were scheduled in Spring Training. Seven in Florida, seven in Arizona.

However, shortly after the games in Florida had started, Major League Baseball announced it decision to cancel all remaining games of Spring Training due to the coronavirus. With that, six games in Florida were completed and one was cancelled, while all seven games in Arizona were scrubbed.

With that, Spring Training ended today, as the remaining games that were scheduled to be played through March 24 were all cancelled. MLB also announced on Thursday that the start of the regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks. Opening Day was scheduled for March 26.
Start Major League-season delayed; Spring Training-games cancelled.

Shortly after the announcement by MLB, Minor League Baseball also announded that the start of its regular seasons would be delayed. The Minor League-seasons were scheduled to begin on April 9 for the full-season leagues (Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A). The seasons in Single-A Short Season and the Rookie Leagues open on June 17.

On Thursday, Minor League Baseball, which has its Head Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, released the following statement:
,,In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.''

In the final games on Thursday, three Netherlands-players saw action. Didi Gregorius (Philadelphia Phillies), Carter Kieboom (Washington Nationals) and Jonathan Schoop (Detroit Tigers) all were in the starting line-up.

Schoop hit a homerun in what was to be the final game of Spring Training.

(March 12)

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At Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Detroit Tigers played at home against Atlanta Braves and lost 5-3 in what was the final Spring Training-game for both teams.

Jonathan Schoop started at second base for Detroit and was 1-for-2 with his basehit being a homerun.

In the bottom of the second inning, Schoop led off with his homerun to put Detroit ahead. He grounded out in the fourth inning, then was replaced in the top of the seventh by Harold Castro.

Atlanta came alongside in the top of the sixth, then took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when Riley Unroe homered. The team added three runs in the ninth, including two on a double by Sean Kazmar Trailing 5-1, Detroit scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.

At Charlotte Sports Complex in Port Charlotte, Philadelphia Phillies visited Tampa Bay Rays and won 8-4. With this game, Spring Training also ended for these two teams.

Didi Gregorius started as short stop for Philadelphia and was 1-for-3.

With one out in the top of the first, Gregorius was hit by a pitch, but was left behind.

In the second inning, Philadelphia rallied for four runs. With one out, Josh Harrison homered and later Roman Quinn added a 2-run homerun. Hereafter, Andrew Knapp doubled and after a pitching change, Gregorius singled. The bases got loaded when Jean Segura walked, then the next run was scored when Rhys Hoskins was hit by a pitch. Gregorius stranded on third base.

Philadelphia scored another run in the third when Neil Walker homered. Later, with two runners on base, Gregorius struckout. He then popped out in the top of the fifth and was replaced in the bottom of the fifth by Nick Maton.

From the fourth inning on, Tampa Bay narrowed the deficit to 5-4. But in the eighth, Phil Gosselin hit a homerun for Philadelphia, which added two more runs moments later.

At FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals played at home against New York Yankees and lost 6-3 in their last game in the Grapefruit League.

Carter Kieboom started at third base for Washington and was 0-for-2.

Kieboom grounded out in the third inning and popped out in the fifth. He was then replaced by Wilmer Difo in the top of the sixth.

Washington took the lead by scoring a run in the third (homerun Victor Robles) and fourth inning. New York took over the lead in the top of the fifth by scoring three runs, including two on a homerun by Tyler Wade. Three more runs were added in the eighth. Washington scored its third run in the ninth.

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