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Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:41 pm

March 5, 2013

Exhibition Game:

The Asia-based pools are wrapping up and TC (and the Americas-based pools) are in exhibition mode.

Image CANADA 7
Image MILWAUKEE BREWERS 4

<Boxscore>
<Game Story>
<Votto/Swindle Story>

Hey, it's a win! Team Canada beat Team Beer. A 4-run outburst in the top of the 8th did it for TC. In offensive highlights, veteran Pete Orr went 3-for-4, Tyson Gillies went 2-for-3, and Michael Saunders hit a homer. Six different pitchers were used. TC will face the Cincinnati Commies on Wednesday.

Joey Votto is also confirmed. But reliever Jesse Crain had to back out due to a training camp injury. His replacement is lefty R.J. Swindle.

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Watch video highlights of all games:
http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc ... o/play.jsp

Next up:

(all times Central)
Thu, Mar 7, 2:00 PM Italy v Mexico
Thu, Mar 7, 5:30 PM Venezuela v Dominican Republic
Thu, Mar 7, 9:00 PM Netherlands v Cuba (1)
Fri, Mar 8, 4:00 AM Japan v Chinese Taipei (2)
Fri, Mar 8, 1:00 PM Canada v Italy
Fri, Mar 8, 4:30 PM Spain v Puerto Rico
Fri, Mar 8, 8:00 PM Mexico v United States
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 AM Game 1 Loser @ Game 2 Loser (3)
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 AM Dominican Republic v Spain
Sat, Mar 9, 1:30 PM Canada v Mexico
Sat, Mar 9, 4:30 PM Puerto Rico v Venezuela
Sat, Mar 9, 8:00 PM United States v Italy
Sun, Mar 10, 5:00 AM Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner (4)
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 PM Spain v Venezuela
Sun, Mar 10, 3:00 PM United States v Canada
Sun, Mar 10, 6:30 PM Dominican Rep. v Puerto Rico
Mon, Mar 11, 5:00 AM Game 3 Winner @ Game 4 Loser (5)
Tue, Mar 12, 5:00 AM Game 5 Winner @ Game 4 Winner

Links:
<IBAF Official Site>
<IBAF Rankings>
<Baseball Canada>
<USA Baseball>
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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:43 pm

March 6, 2013

Image JAPAN 3
Image CUBA 6

<Boxscore>

I accidentally heard the score in this one so I have it saved for future viewing on my PVR. Japan scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to make the score look a lot better. The result did not matter much, since both sides advance and start a modified double-knockout afresh. The Toyota-makers will face Taiwan and the Cigar Boys open against Netherlands.

Exhibition Games:

Image CANADA 2
Image CINCINNATI REDS 12


<Boxscore>
<Game Story>
<WBC Brett Lawrie Story>
<Mark Hardy - at Baseball Reference>
<Trystan Magnuson - at Baseball Reference>

The first two pitchers for TC gave up 10 runs between them in the first 3 innings. Since I never heard of them, I looked them up. Mark Hardy is a AA prospect, and he is not the former Swiss d-man for the LA Kings. Trystan Magnuson is related to former Blackhawk d-man Keith Magnuson, possibly the worst fighter ever. Trystan appears to be coming back after a year off.

Brett Lawrie was hurt and is out 3 weeks. After losing Martin, there goes the top two right-handed bats. Ugh.

The rest of Canada's pool also lost their exhibition games:
LA Angels 12, Italy 6 (tied 5-5 when Angels scored 7 in the bottom of the 8th)
LA Dodgers 10, Mexcio 2 (Fernando Valenzuela should make a comeback!)
Colorado 8, USA 7 (USA's bullpen falls apart, giving up 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th)

On the other hand, only Spain lost in the Latino Heat pool:
Baltimore 19, Spain 7 (I got dibs on Spain for 4th)
Puerto Rico 8, Minnesota 7 (PR scored in 6 of 9 innings)
Venezuela 14, NY Mets 10 (Mets were down 12-0 when they scored 7 in the 5th)
Dominican Rep 8, NY Yankees 2 (DR could be on way to redemption after two disappointing WBCs)

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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:44 pm

March 7, 2013

Image ITALY 6
Image MEXICO 5

<Boxscore>

This was a crazy game. Pizza vs Tacos! Lasagna vs Burritos! Wine vs Tequila!

Italy led off with 3 runs in the 1st, Mexico answered with 3 of their own. Then things settled in. Mexico did enough to take a 5-4 lead into the 9th. But Sergio Romo (the Giants' closer in the World Series) got roughed up by the Mafia and blew the save. That left it to Italy's closer, Pittsburgh Pirate closer Jason Grilli. He darn near did the same thing. With two outs and two on, Adrian Gonzalez came to bat and was hit by a pitch, putting the winning run on 2nd base. That's where it ended as Jorge Cantu grounded out.

So, Italia gets a surprise win and are 1-0 and face Canada Friday at 1:00 CT (the start has been moved up) and Mexico faces the Yanks at 8:00 CT.

Image VENEZUELA 3
Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 9

<Boxscore>

After a rain delay the DR held on to pound Venezuela. Those Venezuelan jerseys sure looked sharp though. All the Latin American teams like to get sharp colourful uniforms. This pool is hosted by Puerto Rico, so Venezuela is in a tough spot right now. This could be one of those situations where three teams go 2-1, and a -6 ain't a good start.

On Saturday, the DR will face Spain and Venezuela is do-or-die against PR.
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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:30 pm

Image NETHERLANDS 6
Image CUBA 2

<Boxscore>

The day ends with a surprise. Well, technically this was a Friday game, starting at noon in Tokyo. This is the opening game of Round 2 in Far East zone. So Cuba is one loss away from elimination. Netherlands will face the winner of Japan v Taiwan, and the loser will face Cuba.

Geez, if JFK handled the Cubans the way the Dutch did, he'd still be alive.

Jonathan Schoop nailed a 3-run HR and went 3-for-6 with 4 RBI to lead the Dutch offence.

The Cuban manager kept touching the ball with his batting gloves when he made a pitching change, so the umpire would have to switch the balls. Bit of a tool, but it was funny. The Dutch got a break on a call when their 1st baseman picked a foul off the ground in the stands and got the out call. The game was nearly over at the time, but still.

Now, on to Friday and Canada's debut. Can the rookie starting pitching hold up? A rotation of Ryan Dempster, Scott Diamond, Jeff Francis, Erik Bedard and Scott Richmond would sure look good. Game 2 starter Chris Leroux (Pirates' bullpen) has a story at the Canadian Baseball Network:
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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:03 pm

I was watching Jets hockey and the Brier and saving baseball on the PVR, so this post comes a bit late. But here it is ....

Image JAPAN 4
Image CHINESE TAIPEI 3

(extra innings)
<Boxscore>

I had the PVR add 30 minutes to the recording, but that was not enough. The Taiwanese were up 3-2 when my recording expired. This game had it all. Atmosphere, fundamental,s aggressiveness, hitting, pitching, running, and tension. Japan moves on to face Netherlands and Taipei plays Cuba in an elimination game.

Image CANADA 4
Image ITALY 14

<Boxscore>

Italy pulled off yet another shocker. It was evident that TC is short of backup pitching, especially to play 3 games in 3 days under tight pitch counts. Still, Team Pizza had to hit the ball, and that they did. Wins over Mexico and Canada on back-to-back days is quite an accomplishment. TC's hot prospect Mike Saunders went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

Image SPAIN 0
Image PUERTO RICO 3

<Boxscore>

Spain is the most "poached" roster in the history of international sports. I hear they have only one player actually born in Spain. They have loads of Cuban imports, including 2012 Goldeye Barbaro Canizares. They beat an equally poached Israel team in the qualifiers. Spain was the longest of the longshots entering the tournament. So when it was 3-0 after one inning there were many waiting for floodgates to open. They never did. There was barely any hitting at all by either side in the last 8 innings.

Image MEXICO 5
Image UNITED STATES 2

<Boxscore>

Holy Tacos, Batman! There was nobody out there who correctly forecast the results of all three games in this pool. This score was good news for TC. Their bad +/- won't matter because with wins over Mexico and USA they will advance no matter what.
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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:11 pm

Now, this event is really heating up ...

Image CHINESE TAIPEI 0
Image CUBA 14

<Boxscore>

It is a shame that Taiwan had to be eliminated in a mercy rule game. They are better than that. They were oh-so-close to beating Japan and moving within a game on the final four. Now they are gone.

Image SPAIN 3
Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 6

<Boxscore>

The Dominicans won convincingly, however the 9 hits did not exactly set the world on fire. Spain scored 2 runs in their last at-bat to make the scoreline more respectable. Goldeye Barbaro Canizares was 1-for-4 with an RBI for Espagna.

Image CANADA 10
Image MEXICO 3

<Boxscore>
<Baseball.ca Italy Game Story>
<CBN Italy Game Story>
<Sportsnet> : <Yahoo>
<TSN> : <Globe and Mail>
<Huffington Post/AP> : <National Post>

Canada scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st and from then on Mexico was floundering. With Canada leading 9-3 in the 9th the Taco Boys were getting ticked off with TC running up the score and after two failed attempts hit Rene Tosoni with a pitch. The benches emptied and a few Mexicans had their burritos kicked. So, they thought a fight against Canada would help? Really? Their team is all Mexicans. And they are going to fight guys who have played hockey. Really? Not even Rey Mysterio could have helped them.

If the USA beats Italy then Sunday's Canada-USA game will decide which team advances with Italy. However, if Italy beats the USA then Canada would advance with either a win against USA or a loss by less than 5 runs (I think). In the +/- between potentially tied teams Mexico is -4, USA is -3, and Canada +7.
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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:42 pm

Saturday games have wrapped up, and what a difference a day makes.

Image PUERTO RICO 6
Image VENEZUELA 3

<Boxscore>

IMO after allocating Spain to 4th place, this was the toughest pool to handicap. As it happens, there have been many surprises throughout the draw. IAE, Venezuela was off to a 2-0 lead before PR rallied impressively. So one widely touted pre-tournament favourite is out.

Image UNITED STATES 6
Image ITALY 3

<Boxscore>

The USA was trailing this one from the 1st inning onwards until they amassed a 5-run outburst in the 5th inning. The big blow was David Wright's grand slam. Just think, if that was a pop-up to short ....

So Sunday at 3:00 CDT: Canada (1-1) v USA (1-1) - winner advances and loser is out. And Canada's starting pitcher is slated to be Jameson Taillon, a 21-year old. He seems to have confidence but this is one tough assignment.

Links:

There has been an explosion of brawl-related stories from the Canada-Mexico game, along with a smattering of game stories and some general tournament news. It seems Russ Martin wasn't really playable anyhow. Still, how could he have played shortstop?

And will the 4th place team in each pool have to qualify in 2017? Not if your country's initials are "U", "S", and "A".

|> [Shi Davidi Game Story and Video from SportsNet]
|> [Baseball Canada Game Story]
|> [Sporting News Game Story]
|> [Sporting News Brawl Story]
|> [Russ Martin story from Global]
|> [Jon Paul Morosi story about Team USA's approach to WBC]
|> [Baseball America: 2017 qualifying format not set]


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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:04 am

Sunday has started

Image JAPAN 16
Image NETHERLANDS 4

<Boxscore>

Before this game, Japan had two extra base hits in the tournament. Japan's leadoff batter hit a home run. Netherlands' starting pitcher Robbie Cordemans is a junk ball pitcher with good control. He walked the second batter. Then things got worse for the Dutch. Japan pounded out 6 home runs and scored in every inning before the game was called for the mercy rule.

Goldeye Yurendell deCaster played and went 1-for-2 for Netherlands.

Japan is 2-0 this round and will play in the pool final, and are assured a place in the final four. Netherlands and Cuba (both 1-1 this round) will play to determine Japan's opponent.

I must ask: Why do they have a playoff in round 2 between the 2-0 team and the 2-1 team, and they don't have a playoff in round 1 between two 2-1 teams? It seems to me that Netherlands and Korea should have played a tie-breaker in round 1 (they were both 2-1 along with Taiwan, the latter having the best +/-).

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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:39 pm

Image SPAIN 6
Image VENEZUELA 11

<Boxscore>

Both sides were 0-2 coming into the game with no chance at a 2nd round berth. However, if the WBC sticks to its guns and forces 4th place teams to re-qualify in 2017, this one was basically a qualifier. The Spaniards (I believe that there was a Spaniard somewhere on the team) jumped off to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. The big blow was Goldeye Barbero Canizares' 2-run HR. (This may the first time that two Goldeyes had hits on the same day at the WBC.) A 6-run 4th inning for Venezuela turned the game around.

So Venezuela misses a chance to be WBC champion. They will have to console themselves with beauty pageant dominance.
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Image UNITED STATES 9
Image CANADA 4

<Boxscore>
<SportsNet.ca> : <The Score.ca>
<AP - CBC.ca> : <CP - Montreal Gazette>
<Reuters> : <Yahoo - preview story>
<CP - TSN.ca>

This was a brilliant contest which Canada led for 7 innings. In the end, the bullpen could not hold the lead, giving up 7 runs in the 8th and 9th innings. Canada took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning when Michael Saunders hit a 2-run homer. He and Justin Morneau were the key offensive cogs for TC. Saunders was 8-for-11 with 3 2B and a HR. Morneau was 7-for-11 with 3 2B. Chris Robinson did a great job at catcher. Lots of hits and played tough. Too bad Jimmy Van Ostrand only had one at-bat. He normally plays 1st base and with two former MVPs ahead of you on the depth chart it is tough to get into the lineup.

A key moment was in the bottom of the 8th. The Yanks had just scored 3 runs to take a 5-3 lead. With one out and the bases loaded he pulled a grounder into right field but US 2nd baseman Brandon Phillips made a diving stab to his left and got Loewen at 1st. One run scored but that's where the rally ended. Had it gone through it was a tie game, likely runners at 1st and 3rd, and still only one gone.

So the USA and Italy go 2-1 (USA gets 1st for having beaten Italy) and Canada and Mexico go 1-2 (Canada gets 3rd for having beaten Mexico).
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Monday/Tuesday

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:37 pm

Monday game

Image CUBA 6
Image NETHERLANDS 7

<Boxscore>

It seemed that was well on their way to a post-game celebratory cigar. But a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th was not a safe lead for the Cuban bullpen.

This was an elimination game, which means Cuba is gone. In a way, that is too bad because I would like to see Cuba play the USA. On the other hand, Netherlands following up a World Cup win with a place in the WBC final four can only be good for baseball. Goldeye Yurendell deCaster went 1-for-3 and is now hitting .400 in the tournament. There is no doubt that Netherlands is doing well. But I have this feeling that those 86 mph pitchers will eventually be throwing batting practice as they move on.

Tuesday games

Image NETHERLANDS 6
Image JAPAN 10

<Boxscore>

Frankly, I don't know why they played this game. Japan beat Taiwan and Netherlands, so they should be first at 2-0. Netherlands beat Cuba twice and lost to Japan once, so they should be second at 2-1.

Japan scored 8 runs in the 2nd inning. They will play the 2nd place team from the Miami pool in one semi-final, while the Kingdom will face the 1st place team.

Image ITALY 4
Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 5

<Boxscore>

Italia scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st. But then the DR slowly picked away to get the win, and Italy hardly did a thing. They may have turned into a pumpkin.

Image PUERTO RICO 1
Image UNITED STATES 7

<Boxscore>

The Yanks had no problem with this one. IMO, Puerto Rico is not as strong as Canada or Mexico. I was also watching the Jets v Leafs game, and my viewing tipped toward hockey once the USA built up a lead. PR will play Italy in an elimination game, whilst USA will have the DR for a spot in the final 4.

NEXT UP:

Wed, Mar 13, 6:00 PM Italy @ Puerto Rico (3)
Thu, Mar 14, 6:00 PM Dominican Rep. @ United States (4)
Fri, Mar 15, 6:00 PM Game 3 Winner @ Game 4 Loser (5)
Sat, Mar 16, 12:00 PM Game 5 Winner @ Game 4 Winner
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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:21 pm

Wednesday

Image ITALY 3
Image PUERTO RICO 4

<Boxscore>

The WBC went to one game a day, which I don't like, for game 2 of this pool. Italy scored 3 runs in the 5th inning but could not hold the lead. PR racked up 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead. Yad Molina paced PR going 3-for-4. He has really been their leader. A veteran catcher makes a pitching staff better.

Personally, I don't think that Puerto Rico has looked all that good. Venezuela was sub-par this tournament and I think Italia has turned back into a pumpkin.

Nevertheless, good for Italy. They had to play 5 tough teams and went 2-3. All losses were respectable enough. Unfortunately, since most of their lineup was garlic-loving Americans I doubt that this result will do much for Italian baseball.

Thursday

Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 3
Image UNITED STATES 1

<Boxscore>

These have been the most disappointing WBC teams in past tournaments. So this guaranteed final four berth was a big prize. The DR has been especially disappointing, and they seldom have a representative national team in other international tournaments. So even though they rank probably no worse than 3rd on paper, they are only 13th in the IBAF official rankings.

Craig Kimbrel was the losing pitcher. He came in with the game tied 1-1 in the 9th inning, and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits. So after a great pitchers' duel, he really got shelled.

Now 3/4 of the final four are determined. I would like to see a DR v Japan game at some point. The 4th berth will go to either Puerto Rico or the USA.

NEXT UP:

Fri, Mar 15, 6:00 PM Puerto Rico @ United States Loser
Sat, Mar 16, 12:00 PM PR/USA Winner @ Dominican Republic
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Friday/Saturday

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:05 pm

Friday

Image PUERTO RICO 4
Image UNITED STATES 3

<Boxscore>

So the US of A will be spectators yet again when the big games are played. This is the third WBC and they have played just one away game. Puerto Rico's 3-run outburst in the 6th inning gave them a 4-0 lead. The Yanks rallied late and once even left the bases loaded.

I was impressed with Phillips-Rollins up the middle. Phillips' defensive play was a key factor in their advancing past Canada in the 1st round. They each had 2 hits in the game.

Saturday

Image PUERTO RICO 0
Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2

<Boxscore>

I don't know why they play these seeding games, but they do. The winner got a day off and a semi-final game with Netherlands.

NEXT UP:

Sun, Mar 17, 8:00 PM CDT Puerto Rico @ Japan
Mon, Mar 18, 8:00 PM CDT Netherlands @ Dominican Republic
Tue, Mar 19, 7:00 PM CDT Final

LOOKING BACK:

2006

Japan was lucky. In the first round they went 2-1 and advanced with Korea who were 3-0. In the second round those two were paired with Mexico and USA. Korea went 3-0 yet again and the rest went 1-2. USA was eliminated when they lost their final round-robin to Mexico by a 2-1 score.

The Latino elite were all grouped together on the opposite side of the draw. In the first round Puerto Rico (3-0) and Cuba (2-1) came from one pool and Dominican Republic (3-0) and Venezuela (2-1) came from the other. In the second round all four teams started at 1-1, thus setting up a pair of de facto quarter-finals. The Dominicans beat Venezuela 2-1 and Cuba beat Puerto Rico 4-3, allowing both winners to advance.

Then they did something weird. In the final four, the semi-final opponents were drawn from the same qualifying pools. So Japan (3-3) beat Korea (6-0) and Cuba (4-2) beat Dominican Republic (5-1) in the semi-finals. Japan beat Cuba in the final.

2009

The WBC honchos wanted to do something about those 3-way ties. So they went double-knockout, with the 2-0 team having to play the 2-1 team in a group final.

On one side of the draw, Korea (3-1) advanced with Japan (2-1) and Cuba (3-0) advanced with Mexico (2-2). In the second round Japan (3-1) advanced with Korea (2-1) in a round where Japan shutout Cuba twice.

On the other side, Venezuela (3-1) advanced with USA (2-1) and Puerto Rico (3-0) advanced with Netherlands (2-2), who defeated the Dominicans twice and were in turn twice defeated by Puerto Rico. Ironic it is that those three teams are advancing to the 2013 final four. In the second round, Venezuela beat everybody once, going 3-0, and the USA advanced with a 2-2 record.

In the semi-finals Korea crushed Venezuela 10-2 and Japan slapped around the Yanks 9-4. Japan then won the rubber match against Korea 5-3 in the final. The two had split four games earlier in the tournament.

Here are the 2006-2009 standings:

Code: Select all

                         2006     2009
Rk    Team               W   L    W   L
1/1   Japan              5   3    7   2
3/2   South Korea        6   1    6   3
2/6   Cuba               5   3    4   2
5/5   Puerto Rico        4   2    4   2 
7/3   Venezuela          3   3    6   2
8/4   United States      3   3    4   4
4/9   Dominican Republic 5   2    1   2
6/8   Mexico             3   3    2   4
11/7  Netherlands        1   2    2   4
10/10 Italy              1   2    1   2
9/13  Canada             2   1    0   2
13/12 Australia          0   3    1   2
12/14 Chinese Taipei     1   2    0   2
15/11 China              0   3    1   2
14/15 Panama             0   3    0   2
16/16 South Africa       0   3    0   2
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Re: World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:48 pm

Semi-Final

Image PUERTO RICO 3
Image JAPAN 1

<Boxscore>

Alex Rios' 2-run HR gave Puerto Rico a 3-0 lead which the iffy PR bullpen was then able to save. This run to the final by PR reminds me of Japan in 2006. PR's record was only 4-3 heading into the semi-finals. In 2006 Japan was only 3-3. Japan had only 6 hits on the night and chased bad pitches all night long. Yad Molina is a good catcher but they had to lay off those pitches.

PR already have two losses to the DR. Could they meet for a 3rd time in the tournament?

NEXT UP:

Mon, Mar 18, 8:00 PM CDT Netherlands @ Dominican Republic
Tue, Mar 19, 7:00 PM CDT Final
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