#70: Sinking Mariners Turn To Ramirez Tuesday


by Sportspress Northwest Staff


Posted on June 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

GAME: Mariners (29-40, 4th, AL West, - 12.5 GB) at Diamondbacks (33-34, 3rd, NL West, - 9.0 GB). GAME #: 70. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 2nd. WHEN: Tuesday, 6:40 p.m., Chase Field, Phoenix. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (Seattle 0-1, 4.50) vs. Daniel Hudson (Arizona, 3-1, 5.67). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Diamondbacks W 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

After Monday's 7-1 loss at Arizona, the Mariners have lost seven of their past 10 games and now sit 12.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, their largest divisional deficit of the season. Tuesday, the Mariners will turn to RHP Erasmo Ramirez , who will make his second career start and ninth appearance.

Ramirez, who allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings against San Diego last week, will take on Daniel Hudson, who defeated Texas in his last outing. A closer look at Tuesday's probables:MARINERS: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)

In his first major league season, will be making hissecond start following seven appearances in relief. Ramirez made seven starts with AAA Tacoma, going 3-2, 2.11. Ramirez is coming off a 6-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

A native of Rivas, Nicaragua, the 5-11, 205-pound Ramirez came to the Mariners in 2007 as an amateur free agent. He began his professional career in 2008 with the Mariners entry in the Venezuelan summer league. He also pitched for the club in 2009, posting an 11-1 record.

That earned him a promotion to Class A Clinton of the Midwest League in 2010, when he went 10-4. Ramirez pitched for AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma in 2011. He went a combined 10-8.

Ramirez made his major league debut April 9, working in relief of Hector Noesi in an 11-9 Texas win over Seattle at Rangers Ballpark. He pitched 3.0 innings and allowed one run on two hits and surrendered a home run. He did not factor in the decision.

After allowing earned runs in each of his first three appearances, he did not allow any in his last four. The Mariners had seen enough to send him down to Tacoma in order to build him back into a starter. When the Mariners had seen enough of Blake Beavan's troubles, they farmed him out and recalled Ramirez June 12.

  • LAST START: June 14 vs. San Diego at Safeco Field, lost to the Padres 6-2; allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings; struck out three and walked one; threw 93 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. DIAMONDBACKS: Never pitched.
  • AT CHASE FIELD: 0-0, 2.08 ERA in two games covering 4.1 innings; one strikeout to two walks; no home run.
  • LOVES/HATES TO FACE: No record.
Ramirez / 2012

  • June 14 (L, 0-1): Vs. San Diego at Safeco Field, lost 6-2; allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings; struck out three and walked one; threw 93 pitches, 64 for strikes.
DIAMONDBACKS RHP Daniel Hudson (3-1, 5.67 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

The 25-year-old Hudson, in his fourth major league season, including three with the Diamondbacks, will be making his eighth start of the season and first against the Mariners. Hudson is coming off an 11-3 win over the Texas Rangers.

A native of Lynchburg, VA., the 6-3, 225-pound Hudson attended Old Dominion University, where he wound up his career as the school’s No. 2 all-time strikeout leader (Justin Verlander is first). The Chicago White Sox selected Hudson in the fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Hudson pitched in Chicago’s minor league system until Sept. 4, 2009, when he made his major league debut in a 12-2 White Sox win over the Boston Red Sox. Hudson pitched two innings in relief of former Mariner Freddy Garica and did not allow an earned run. He did not factor in the decision.

Hudson went 2-2 for the White Sox in 2009-10 before they traded him July 30, 2010 to the Diamondbacks along with David Holmberg for Edwin Jackson. Hudson made 11 starts for Arizona in 2010, going 7-1, 1.69 ERA. In 2011, he had his best season with a 16-12, 3.49 ERA record. Hudson also won a National League Silver Slugger award.

  • 2012: Hudson has pitched into the seventh inning in three of his seven starts. He had his best outing June 2 when he limited the San Diego Padres to two earned runs in 8.0 innings in a 4-2 Arizona victory. Hudson twice allowed six earned runs, April 13 at Colorado and June 8 vs. Oakland.
  • LAST START: June 14 at Texas, defeated the Rangers 11-3; allowed three earned runs on five hits in 7.0 innings; struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: July 19, 2010, defeated David Pauley and Seattle 6-1 at Safeco Field; allowed one earned run on five hits in 6.2 innings; struck out six, walked four, including Chone Figgins three times.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 1-0, 1.35 ERA in one start, covering 6.2 innings; averages 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings; six strikeouts to four walks; no home runs.
  • AT CHASE FIELD: 13-8, 3.19 ERA in 27 games, all starts, covering 183.2 innings; 143 strikeouts to 38 walks; allowed 13 home runs; averages 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Franklin Gutierrez (0-for-3, .000 BA), Ichiro (0-for-3, .000 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Chone Figgins (1-for-1, 1.000 BA), Justin Smoak (1-for-3, .333 BA), Miguel Olivo (1-for-3, .333 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. HUDSON: 3-for-13, .231 BA, no home runs, four strikeouts.
LAST GAMEDiamondbacks 7, Mariners 1AT PHOENIX (June 18): Aaron Hill ripped a solo homer in the seventh inning to become the fifth Arizona player to hit for the cycle, lifting the Diamondbacks to a 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first, tripled in the third and doubled in the fifth, all off Seattle starter and loser Hector Noesi (2-8). The homer came off Shawn Kelley. It was the first cycle by a Diamondbacks player since Kelly Johnson did it against San Francisco July 23, 2010. Seattle hadn't allowed a player to hit for the cycle since Oakland's Miguel Tejada did it Sept. 29, 2001, at Seattle. Arizona also tied a team record with four sacrifice flies, giving Wade Miley (8-3) more than enough run support. Noesi allowed six runs, including five earned on nine hits in six innings and extended his losing streak to a career-high four games. "Their guy pitched a good ballgame. He spread out the hits. We were never really in a position to do any damage," said manager Eric Wedge.AL WEST STANDINGS

TeamWLPct.GBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
Rangers4127.603--20-1221-158-2Won 4
Angels3632.5295.018-1618-167-3L 1
Athletics3136.4639.515-1716-196-4Lost 1
Mariners2940.42012.512-1917-213-7Lost 1

  • CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at Arizona Diamondbacks Monday-Wednesday, three at San Diego Padres Friday-Sunday.
  • MARINERS VS. DIAMONDBACKS: Mariners are13-6 all-time vs. the Diamondbacks, including7-2 at Safeco Field and 6-4 in Arizona. Mariners won the last season series played vs. Arizona, 3-0 in 2009. Seattle has not had a losing record against Arizona since 1998. Seattle last swept Arizona in a three-game series in Phoenix June 17-20, 2006. The Diamondbacks have never swept Seattle in a three-game series.
  • LOG: Despite taking two from San Francisco last weekend, the Mariners have dropped seven of their past 10 . . . Manager Eric Wedge gave Ichiro the night off, just the second game Ichiro has missed in 2012. Michael Saunders hit leadoff for the Mariners Monday and went 0-for-4 . . . "It was my day off, so it wasn't surprising or anything," Ichiro said through an interpreter after the game. "It's not easy to be out of the lineup. We all have different opinions, but, as a player, you always want to be needed in the lineup. So that's how I look at it. And it's tough not to be in the lineup." . . . Wedge indicated that Ichiro would be back in the lineup Tuesday . . . All of Arizona's club-record four sacrifice flies came against Seattle starter and loser Hector Noesi . . . Oliver Perez, just called up from AAA Tacoma, made his debut as a Mariner, allowing a hit in the eighth . . . Mariners went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position Monday and left six men stranded . . . Kyle Seager, Casper Wells and Dustin Ackley each had two hits . . . Ichiro has 2,499 hits in 1,816 career games and needs one to reach 2,500 for his career . . . Cycles Vs. Seattle: Jack Brohamer, White Sox, Sept. 24, 1977; Dan Ford, Angels, Aug. 10, 1979; Dwight Evans, Red Sox, June 28, 1984; Miguel Tejada, Athletics, Sept. 29, 2001.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 10, Split 0,Lost 13 . . . Sweeps: 2; Swept: 4 . . . Longest Win Streak: 4 (April 24-27, May 18-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. AL East:2-10; vs. AL Central:9-11; vs. AL West: 12-12; vs NL West:6-7; Interleague:6-7. . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 12.5, June 18 . . . Most Runs Scored: 21, May 30 at Texas (21-8); Most Runs Allowed: 11, April 9 at Texas . . . Walk-Off Wins: 2, May 7, first since Sept. 14, 2011 vs. New York, and first via a sacrifice fly (John Jaso) since Sept. 14, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (Jose Guillen); June 17 vs. San Francisco (Justin Smoak ninth-inning single); Walk-Off Losses: 1, May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 4; Times Shut out by Opponent: 7; Comeback Wins: 6; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 19 (leads the majors); Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Marinersrank 10th (AL) in runs (275), 12th in hits (547), eighth in doubles (113), eighthin triples (11) and11th in home runs (60) . . . Rank 12th in batting average (.235),14th in on-base percentage (.297), 13th in slugging (.370) and 13th in OPS (.666) . . . batting 131-for-557 (.235) with runners in scoring position aftergoing 1-for-6 Monday . . .out-homered 77-60 . . . left432 men on base, opponents 425 . . .scored 230 runs, opponents 291 . . .scored 141 of 275runs in the first four innings . . . Mariners 24-9 when scoring 4+ runs . . . Mariners have homered in32 of last 51 games . . batted around six times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th), May 29 at Texas (8th), May 30 at Texas (2nd and 3rd).
  • BATTING EXTRA: Longest Hitting Streak: Dustin Ackley, 13 games, May 3-17 . . . Four-Hit Games: Ichiro, March 28 vs. Oakland; Justin Smoak, April 17 vs. Cleveland; Jesus Montero, May 1 at Tampa; Kyle Seager, May 30 at Texas; Michael Saunders, June 2, at Chicago . . .  Grand Slams:Michael Saunders, April 27 at Toronto; Alex Liddi, May 23 vs. Texas . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs: Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado . . . Notable: Kyle Seager's single in the fourth inning April 17 marked the 50,000th hit in Mariners' history; Brendan Ryan's walk in the same frame scored Justin Smoak with the 25,000th run in franchise history . . . Montero's 13 RBIs in April were the most by a Mariners' rookie since 1986.
  • PITCHING: Mariners10th in ERA (4.13), seventh in hits allowed (573), 10th in runs allowed (297),11th in home runs allowed (77), seventh in walks (204) and ninth in strikeouts (484) . . . Nominal closer Brandon League is 0-4 with nine saves and four blown saves . . . Mariners starters have recorded 10 games with at least 8.0 IP.
  • ICHIRO (DNP Monday) has772 multi-hit games, which ranks fourth among active players, and No. 1 since his debut in 2001. Ichiro's 47 games with four or more hits leads all active players . . . Three-hit game June 8 marked the227th of his major league career . . . Ranks 95th on career hitslist (2,499) and needs 14 to tie No. 94 Jimmy Ryan (2,513) . . . Has 37 leadoff home runs, No. 6 all time; needs one to tie Jimmy Rollins for No. 5 . . . Has recorded 99 outfield assists. Only Jeff Francouer, with 100, has more . . . With 99 career home runs, needs one to become the 12th Mariner with 100. Breakdown: 97 as a leadoff hitter, one batting second, one batting third.
  • ODDS/ENDS: Mariners have one more bobblehead night: July 28 (Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson).
  • DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20), Stephen Pryor (June 2).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (60-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Adam Moore (15-day, March 28, fractured wrist), Mike Carp (15-day, June 13, inflamed right elbow).
  • EX-MARINERS VS. CURRENT MARINERS: April 19Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe's 2-1 win; April 28Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays, one earned run over 7.0 innings in 7-0 win; May 11, Raul Ibanez, Yankees, 3-run homer off Felix Hernandez in 6-2 win; May 12Raul Ibanez, Yankees, solo homer off Hector Noesi in 6-2 win; May 15, David Ortiz, Red Sox, solo homer off Blake Beaven in 5-0 Red Sox win; May 16, Shin-Soo Choo (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (2) and Jose Lopez (1) combine for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) six of Cleveland's 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 win.

  • April 24: Catcher Miguel Olivo matched the franchise record  when he was charged with three passed balls in a 7-4 win at Detroit. Jerry Narron let three balls get by him Oct. 4, 1980, and Jeff Clement did likewise Aug. 10, 2008 (Clement was catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey).
  • April 27: Michael Saunders joined Donnie Scott (April 29, 1985) and Jimmy Presley (April 8, 1986) as the only Mariners to hit two home runs in a game in the ninth inning or later (solo homer in the 9th, grand slam in the 10th).
  • April 30: When both Miguel Olivo and Jesus Montero homered, it marked the first time in franchise history that two players had homered in the same game as a catcher.
  • May 2: Ichiro set a club record for most putouts by a right fielder in a nine-inning game, registering 10 in a 5-4 loss at Tampa.
  • May 3: The Mariners featured a lineup at Tampa Bay that included seven left- handed hitters and two switch-hitters. It marked only the third time in club history that the Mariners used an all left-sided lineup. Others: Aug. 13, 1983 at California and Aug. 9, 1983 at Oakland.
  • May 5: Combined one-hitter by Felix Hernandez and Steve Delabar vs. Minnesota was the 13th in Mariners history. Ten have been thrown by one pitcher, three combined. Most recent combined: Michael Pineda, Jeff Gray and Brandon League vs. Tampa, July 30, 2011. Most recent by one pitcher: Jarrod Washburn, July 6, 2009.
  • May 9: When John Jaso batted leadoff against Detroit, it marked the first time since 1978 that a catcher had hit first for the Marines (Bob Stinson). Oddly, lefty Jaso led off against Tiger lefty Drew Smyly.
  • May 8: Kevin Millwood's 2-0 shutout marked his first in nearly nine years. He did not surrender his first hit until there were two outs in the sixth. Millwood's gem marked only the fourth time in 1,440 games at Coors Field that an opposing pitcher held the Rockies to two hits or less while shutting them out. Millwood's complete game also was the first by a Mariner in 2012.
  • May 27: The pinch-hit grand slam allowed by Felix Hernandez to Alberto Callaspo marked just the sixth against the Mariners in 35 years, and the first since May 6, 1988 when Pat Sheridan of Detroit hit one off Mike Jackson.
  • May 30: Mariners defeated Texas 21-8, just the third time in franchise history they have scored 20 or more runs in a game. The Mariners, with 20 hits, became the first team since 1880 to score 20 runs in a game in the same season it also go perfect-oed.
  • June 8: Kevin Millwood and five relievers collaborated for the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at Safeco Field. Millwood (6.0), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2), and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0) tied the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (Houston vs. the Yankees June 11, 2003). It marked the third no-hitter in Mariners history.
  • June 18: Aaron Hill of Arizona hit for the cycle in the Diamondbacks' 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first (Hector Noesi), tripled in the third (Noesi), doubled in the fifth (Noesi) and homered in the seventh (Shawn Kelley).

Rec.HomeRoadDayNightvs. RHPvs. LHPHit HRNo HR



DateDayOpp.Probable Pitchers
6/19Tueat AZErasmo Ramirez (0-1, 4.50) vs. Daniel Hudson (3-1, 5.67)
6/20Wedat AZJason Vargas (7-6, 3.95) vs. Trevor Cahill (5-5, 3.08)

Gm.#DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
13/28at OakW, 3-11-0W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)
23/29at OakL, 4-11-1W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
34/6at OakW, 7-32-1W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)
44/7at OakW, 8-73-1W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)
54/9at TexL, 11-53-2W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)
64/10at TexL, 1-03-3W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)
74/11at TexW, 4-34-3W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)
84/12at TexL, 5-34-4W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1
94/13vs OakL, 4-04-5W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)
104/14vs. OakW, 4-05-5W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)
114/15vs. OakW, 5-36-5W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)
124/17vs. CleL, 9-86-6W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)
134/18vs. CleW, 4-17-6W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)
144/19vs. CleL, 2-17-7W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)
154/20vs. CWSL, 7-37-8W: Sale (2-1); L: Noesi (1-2)
164/21vs. CWSL, 4-07-9W: Humber (1-0); Beavan (1-2)
174/22vs. CWSL, 7-47-10W: Danks (2-2); L: Millwood (0-1)
184/24at DetW, 7-48-10W: Vargas (3-1); L: Scherzer (1-2)
194/25at DetW, 9-19-10W: Fernandez (2-1); L: Wilk (0-3)
204/26at DetW, 5-410-10W: Furbush (1-1); L: Porcello (1-2)
214/27at TorW, 9-511-10W: Furbush (2-1); L: Perez (2-1)
224/28at TorL, 7-011-11W: Morrow (2-1); L: Millwood (0-2)
234/29at TorL, 7-211-12W: Alvarez (1-2); L: Vargas (3-2)
244/30at TBL, 3-211-13W: Howell (1-0); L: League (0-2)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
255/1at TBL, 3-111-14W: Moore (1-1); L: Noesi (1-3)
265/2at TBL, 5-411-15W: Shields (5-0); L: Beavan (1-3)
275/3at TBL, 4-311-16W: Niemann (2-3); L: Millwood (0-3)
285/4vs. MinL, 3-211-17W: Pavano (2-2); L: Wilhelmsen (1-1)
295/5vs. MinW, 7-012-17W: Hernandez (3-1); L: Marquis (2-1)
305/6vs. MinW, 5-213-17W: Noesi (2-3): L: Blackburn (0-4)
315/7vs. DetW, 3-214-17W: Delabar (1-0); L: Dotel (1-1)
325/8vs. DetL, 6-414-18W: Verlander (3-1); L: Millwood (0-4)
335/9vs. DetW, 2-115-18W: Vargas (4-2); L: Putkoen (0-1)
345/11at NYYL, 6-215-19W: Kuroda (3-4); L: Hernandez (3-2)
355/12at NYYL, 6-215-20W: Hughes (3-4); L: Noesi (2-4)
365/13at NYYW, 6-216-20W: Millwood (1-4); L: Pettitte (0-1)
375/14at BosL, 6-116-21L: Lester (2-3); L: Vargas (4-3)
385/15at BosL, 5-016-22W: Beckett (3-4); L: Beavan (1-4)
395/16at CleL, 9-316-23W: Jimenez (4-3): L: Hernandez (3-3)
405/17at CleL, 6-516-24W: Smith (4-1); L: League (0-3)
415/18at ColW, 4-017-24W: Millwood (2-4); L: White (0-3)
425/19at ColW, 10-318-24W: Vargas (5-3); L: Friedrich (1-1)
435/20at ColW, 6-419-24W: Beavan (2-4); L: Guthrie (2-2)
445/21vs. TexW, 6-120-24W: Hernandez (4-3); L: Darvish (6-2)
455/22vs. TexL, 3-120-25W: Harrison (5-3): L: Noesi (2-5)
465/23vs. TexW, 5-321-25W: Millwood (3-4); L: Feldman (0-2)
475/24vs. LAAL, 3-021-26W: Haren (2-5); L: Vargas (5-4)
485/25vs. LAAL, 6-421-27W: Isringhausen (1-0); L: League (0-4)
495/26vs. LAAL, 5-321-28W: Williams (5-2); L: Hernandez (4-4)
505/27vs. LAAL, 4-221-29W: Wilson (5-4); L: Noesi (2-6)
515/28at TexL, 4-221-30W: Harrison (6-3); L: Delabar (1-1)
525/29at TexW, 10-322-30W: Vargas (6-4); L: Feldman (0-3)
535/30at TexW, 21-823-30W: Beaven (3-4); L: Holland (4-4)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
546/1at CWSL, 7-423-31W: Jesse Crain (1-0); L: Shawn Kelly (0-2)
556/2at CWSW, 10-824-31W: Wilhelmsen (2-1); L: Reed (0-1)
566/3at CWSL, 4-224-32W: Sale (7-2); L: Millwood (3-5)
576/4at LAAW, 8-625-32W: Vargas (7-4); L: Santana (2-7)
586/5at LAAL, 6-125-33W: Richards (1-0); L: Beavan (3-5)
596/6at LAAW, 8-626-33W: Kelley (1-2); L: Williams (6-3)
606/8vs. LADW, 1-027-33W: Pryor (1-0); L: Elbert (0-1)
616/9vs. LADL, 8-3-27-34W: Kershaw (5-3): L: Vargas (7-5)
626/10vs. LADL, 8-227-35W: Billingsley (4-4); L: Beavan (3-6)
636/12vs. SDPL, 5-427-36W: Richard (3-7); L: Hernandez (4-5)
646/13vs. SDPL, 1-027-37W: Marquis (3-5); L: Noesi (2-7)
656/14vs. SDPL, 6-227-38W: Volquez (3-6); L: Ramirez (0-1)
666/15vs. SFL, 4-227-39W: Vogelsong (6-2); L: Vargas (7-6)
676/16vs. SFW, 7-428-39W: Iwakuma (1-0); L: Lincecum (2-8)
686/17vs. SFW, 2-129-39W: Wilhelmsen (3-1); L: Romo (2-1)
696/18at AZL, 7-129-40W: Miley (8-3); L: Noesi (2-8)
706/19at AZ---------
716/20at AZ---------
726/22at SDP---------
736/23at SDP---------
746/24at SDP---------
756/25vs. Oak---------
766/26vs. Oak---------
776/27vs. Oak---------
786/28vs. Bos---------
796/29vs. Bos---------
806/30vs. Bos---------

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