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Albies homers; Run & RBI for Gregorius in Major League Spring Training

LAKELAND / NORTH PORT / WEST PALM BEACH, Florida / PEORIA, Arizona (USA) - On Wednesday (March 3), fourteen games were played again in the Major League Baseball Spring Training-season.

Ozzie Albies homered for Atlanta Braves and Didi Gregorius played in his first game for Philadelphia Phillies. Carter Kieboom and Jurickson Profar also came into action for respectively Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres.

Profar played in his first game on Tuesday. He then was the starting leftfielder for San Diego and batted 0-for-2 in a 7-2 win in an 8-inning game against Arizona Diamondbacks. Profar was one of two Dutch players who played on Tuesday. The other was Chadwick Tromp, who was the starting catcher for San Francisco Giants. He also batted 0-for-2 in a 7-inning game against Los Angeles Dodgers, which ended in an 1-1 tie.

(March 3)

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At CoolToday Park in North Port, Atlanta Braves played at home against Baltimore Orioles and lost 8-1 in a 7-inning game.

Ozzie Albies accounted for the lone Atlanta-run when he led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a homerun off of new pitcher Dillon Tate. At that moment, Baltimore led 2-0.

The homerun hit by Albies was one of only three basehits Atlanta recorded in this game. Albies was the starting second baseman for Atlanta. He grounded out in the first inning. Albies then homered in his next at bat and was replaced by Ryan Goins in the top of the fifth.

DJ. Stewart and Austin Hays homered for Baltimore, which added two runs in the fifth inning and rallied for four runs in the seventh.

At Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Philadelphia Phillies played an away-game against Detroit Tigers and won 4-2 in a 7-inning game.

Didi Gregorius played in his first Spring Training-game and was the starting short stop for Philadelphia. He hit 0-for-3, but scored a run and batted in another. With he accounted for two of his team's four runs, which were all scored in the third inning.

New Detroit-pitcher Buck Farmer was greeted with a lead-off triple from Travis Jankowski. With one out, he got the bases loaded when he walked Andrew McCutchen and hit Jean Segura with a pitch. Jankowski then scored the first run on a force play-grounder by Gregorius, which led to the elimination at second base of Segura. Brad Miller followed with an RBI-single. Moments later, Gregorius and Miller both scored on a double by Andrew Knapp, which lifted the lead to 4-0.

Detroit scored its runs in the fifth and seventh inning.

At the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Washington Nationals played at home against Miami Marlins and lost 8-5 in a 9-inning game. The stadium also serves as a coronavirus testing site for West Palm Beach since March last year.

Carter Kieboom was the starting third baseman for Washington and batted 0-for-2. He popped out to end the second inning in his first bat. Kieboom then led off the fifth inning and struckout (looking).

In the top of the sixth, Kieboom was replaced by Drew Mendoza, who became the new first baseman. Jordy Mercer entered the game as Washington's new third baseman.

Miami took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a 3-run homerun by Adam Duvall. Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell homered for Washington.

At Peoria Stadium in Peoria, San Diego Padres played at home against Milwaukee Brewers and lost 8-5 in an 8-inning game.

Jurickson Profar started in centerfield for San Diego In his first at bat, Profar led off the second inning, but then struckout (looking) against starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen. Profar led off again the bottom the fourth, this time facing Justin Topa. Profar walked, but was forced out at second base on a following grounder by Jake Cronenworth.

Profar led off for the third time in the bottom of the sixth inning with Milwaukee leading 4-0. In his third bat, he faced new pitcher Eric Yardley. Profar hit a grounder back to Yardley, who made a somewhat wide throw to first base, but in time to eliminate the batter.

After Profar had grounded out, next batter Jake Cronenworth doubled, which was the first basehit of San Diego, ending a No-Hitter. His pinch-runner Gosuke Katoh then scored on a following double by Jorge Mateo, which ended Milwaukee's shutout. Mateo then moved to third base on a grounder and scored on a single by CJ Abrams, which narrowed the deficit to 4-2.

Profar, who arrived late in training-camp due to a visa-problem, left the the game in the top of the seventh when he was replaced by Robert Hassell.

Milwaukee scored again in the top of the seventh. But in the bottom of the seventh, San Diego came alongside when Gosuke Katoh hit a 3-run homerun in his first at bat of the game.

Milwaukee re-took the lead in the eighth by scoring three runs.

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