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The Pirates have arrived in Philadelphia just in time for Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to be activated off the disabled list. That’s not exactly going to make things easier for Charlie Morton tonight or Zach Duke on Tuesday.
Well, it’s not like anything has come easy to the Pirates here at Citizens Bank Park in recent years. Pittsburgh has lost it’s last five games at CBP and 10 of the last 11. Overall, the Pirates a 4-14 here, dating back to the ballpark’s 2004 opening.
Oh, and the Phillies have Roy Halladay — who has already thrown three complete games this season — going on Tuesday.
TODAY’S NEWS AND NOTES:
- Aki Iwamura (tight right hamstring) is improving, but he still feels some pull walking and doing side-to-side movement. Iwamura did participate in some extra hitting on Monday and could be used to pinch hit, if necessary. Given that he can’t run and that he has struggled offensively for a while now, I can’t imagine Iwamura making a pinch-hit appearance unless it’s one of those extra-inning, no-one-left-on-the-bench situations.
- Right-hander Brendan Donnelly will throw a simulated game on Tuesday, assuming the rain holds off. If all goes well there, Donnelly (left oblique strain) will be reevaluated on Wednesday and is likely to come off the DL during the next homestand. He is not going to be sent down to make a Minor League rehab start.
- With Iwamura out, the Pirates are using Delwyn Young at the leadoff spot on Monday. It is his second time hitting leadoff this year. The Pirates have used five different leadoff hitters this season.
- This will be the Pirates’ first game against a team from the NL East in 2010. On the other side, the Phillies are 9-1 against the NL Central (3-0 vs. Houston, 3-1 vs. St. Louis, 3-0 vs. Milwaukee).
- Right-hander Daniel McCutchen has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list due to arm fatigue. He is expected to miss just one or two starts. McCutchen went 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in four starts (three appearances) with Pittsburgh before being demoted.
- As noted yesterday, the Pirates have promoted righty Bryan Morris (3-0, 0.60 ERA) from high-A to Double-A. Pittsburgh has now also promoted starter Hunter Strickland (acquired in Adam LaRoche trade) from low-A to high-A, presumably to take Morris’ rotation spot.
- In other Minor League news, Altoona starter Jared Hughes was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week. He leads all Minor League pitchers with seven wins this season.
- I realized the Pirates’ road record these last few years has been pretty forgettable… But can you believe that the club has not had a winning road trip since 2007? Yes, in manager John Russell’s tenure as manager, the Pirates have never finished above .500 on a road trip. They can do so with a win either on Monday or Tuesday.
- Charlie Morton enters this start having worked at least six innings in each of last two. After allowing 27 earned runs in his first 19 1/3 innings this year, Morton has given up just five in his last 12 frames (two starts).
- The Pirates have expanded their “You score as the Bucs score” promotion due to high demand. The limited number of $7 tickets for the May 21-23 series against the Braves sold out so quickly that the Pirates have made additional tickets available for the $7 promotional price. Until they sell out, those tickets can be purchased here.
- Delwyn Young (2B)
- Andy LaRoche (3B)
- Andrew McCutchen (CF)
- Garrett Jones (RF)
- Ryan Church (LF)
- Ryan Doumit (C)
- Jeff Clement (1B)
- Ronny Cedeno (SS)
- Charlie Morton (RHP)
- Shane Victorino (CF)
- Placido Polanco (2B)
- Jimmy Rollins (SS)
- Ryan Howard (1B)
- Jayson Werth (RF)
- Raul Ibanez (LF)
- Greg Dobbs (3B)
- Carlos Ruiz (C)
- Kyle Kendrick (RHP)
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The now weekly feature where we check in on those gone elsewhere and those recent arrivals from this summer’s flurry of trades. We’ll have one more update next week after the end of the Minor League seasons. As always, today’s statistics are accurate through Tuesday’s games.
Those now in the Pirates’ system (and remember, we don’t include those with the big-league team since you see them all the time):
- OF Gorkys Hernandez (acquired from Atlanta): You’ll be able to read more about the budding outfielder in a feature I am working on for pirates.com on Thursday (I apologize for the shameless plug). But in the meantime, here are his stats: In 80 games with Double-A Altoona, Hernandez has hit .258 with 18 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs and 44 runs scored. He is nine for 14 in stolen base attempts.
- LHP Jeff Locke (acquired from Atlanta): In 16 starts with high-A Lynchburg, Locke has gone 3-4 with a 4.44 ERA. He has walked 18 and struck out 50 in 75 innings.
- SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): With Triple-A Indianapolis, Diaz has hit .232 in 37 games. He has just one extra-base hit, though, and six RBIs. In the field, Diaz has committed six errors.
- RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): Since the trade, Strickland has made seven starts for low-A West Virginia. He has gone 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 37 innings. He has walked six and struck out 22.
- RHP Nate Adcock (acquired from Seattle): With Lynchburg, Adcock has gone 3-2 with a 6.16 ERA in six appearances (three starts). He has struck out 11 and walked six in 19 total innings.
- 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): Clement is still expected to be called up to the big leagues this month, likely after Indianapolis finishes its season on Sept. 7. In 25 games with Indianapolis, Clement has hit .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs. He has really struggled at the plate as of late, however.
- RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): In six starts with West Virigina, Lorin has gone 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA. In 29 1/3 innings, Lorin has 23 strikeouts and 10 walks.
- RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Pribanic has also been pitching with West Virginia, where he has gone 3-1 in five appearances (four starts). Pribanic has a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings and has walked four while striking out 12.
- RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): The premier pitching prospect that the Pirates acquired, Alderson has gone 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA in six starts with Altoona since the trade. In 33 2/3 innings, Alderson has issued 10 walks and struck out 18.
- IF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Harrison has split time playing second and third with Lynchburg. At the plate, he has hit .281 in 28 games.
And those we said good-bye to (you’ll see an injury theme here):
- OF Nate McLouth: McLouth has been bothered by a hamstring injury for over a month and is currently still on the DL with the left hamstring strain. In the 56 games he has played with the Braves, McLouth has hit .260 with six homers, 16 doubles and 22 RBIs.
- OF Nyjer Morgan: Morgan is out for the season after fracturing his left hand last week. Before the injury, Morgan hit .351 with 12 extra-base hits and 24 stolen bases for the Nationals.
- LHP Sean Burnett: The lefty reliever has made 27 appearances out of the ‘pen for Washington. He has allowed seven earned runs in 22 1/3 innings.
- 1B Adam LaRoche: Since joining Atlanta, LaRoche has hit .354 in 28 games. He has driven in 19 and gone deep eight times.
- RHP Ian Snell: Snell is still pitching out of the Mariners’ rotation, where he is so far 3-1 with a 5.10 ERA in six starts. In his most recent three starts, Snell has allowed just four earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.
- SS Jack Wilson: After missing almost two weeks in August with a hamstring injury, Wilson has recently returned to the lineup for Seattle. In all, he has hit .203 with five RBIs in 21 games with Seattle.
- 2B Freddy Sanchez: Sanchez is currently on the DL with a right shoulder strain. The DL stint will cost him the chance at reaching 600 plate appearances and therefore automatically vesting his 2010 option. As a result, Sanchez will become a free agent at the end of the year. In the 13 games he has played with the Giants, Sanchez has hit .304 with five RBIs.
- LHP John Grabow: In 16 relief appearances with the Cubs, Grabow has pitched 13 scoreless innings. He has walked nine and struck out eight.
- LHP Tom Gorzelanny: After making four starts for the Cubs, Gorzelanny has since moved to the bullpen. Overall, he is 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. Gorzelanny has struck out 21 and walked six.
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Time for the weekly check-in on all those players netted and sent off by the club this summer. As is the case when I do this each week, listed are the players acquired who are not already with the Major League club, followed by the now-former Pirates. All stats are accurate through Monday.
Those now in the Pirates’ system…
- OF Gorkys Hernandez (acquired from Atlanta): In 72 games with Double-A Altoona, Hernandez has hit .261 with 11 doubles, two triples, three homers and 23 RBIs. He is 9 for 14 in stolen base attempts.
- LHP Jeff Locke (acquired from Atlanta): Locke has made 14 starts with high-A Lynchburg since the early June trade. He is 3-4 with a 4.69 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings pitched, Locke has struck out 42 and walked 16.
- SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): Diaz’s average is up (yes, up) to .200 through his first 29 games with Triple-A Indianapolis. Diaz has driven in just two and has 22 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. He has committed six errors.
- RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): In five starts for low Single-A West Virginia, Strickland is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA. He has walked just two while fanning 15 in 28 innings.
- RHP Nate Adcock (acquired from Seattle): Adcock has made four appearances (two starts) for Lynchburg, where he is 3-0. In 14 innings, Adcock has allowed five earned runs, four walks and struck out 10.
- 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): Clement will join the Pirates as a September call-up soon, but in the meantime he continues to produce for Indianapolis. He has hit .241 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 23 games. The biggest question for Clement, though, remains his defensive abilities at first.
- RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): In four starts for West Virginia, Lorin has allowed five earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. He has struck out 13, while walking eight.
- RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Pribanic is also pitching for West Virginia, where he is 2-1 in four appearances (three starts). He has allowed six earned runs and five homers in 20 innings.
- RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): Alderson is 2-0 in four starts with Double-A Altoona, though he has stumbled a bit in his most recent two outings. Alderson, who is pitching for the Curve on Tuesday, has allowed nine earned runs in 20 2/3 innings. He has struck out 14 and walked seven.
- INF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Harrison is with Lynchburg, where he has played in 22 games since the trade. He has hit .289 and driven in 11 runs.
And now to those who went elsewhere…
- OF Nate McLouth: McLouth is currently on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring. He has missed time with injuries three different times since being traded to the Braves in early June. In 56 games with Atlanta, McLouth has hit .260 with six homers and 22 RBIs. He has stolen 10 bases.
- OF Nyjer Morgan: Morgan has not slowed down since joining the Nationals, as he is hitting. 351 in 48 games with Washington. The centerfielder has scored 34 runs and stolen 22 bases.
- LHP Sean Burnett: Pitching out of the Nationals’ bullpen, Burnett has made 24 appearances since the trade. He has allowed seven earned runs in 21 innings, while walking eight and striking out 16.
- 1B Adam LaRoche: After the Pirates traded LaRoche to Boston, the Red Sox flipped him to the Braves, where the first baseman has thrived. He has already gone deep seven times in just 20 games and has driven in 16. LaRoche is hitting .406 with the Braves.
- SS Jack Wilson: Wilson has just returned to the field after missing 12 days with a hamstring injury. He has played in 14 games with the Mariners and is hitting .204 since the trade.
- RHP Ian Snell: Snell remains in Seattle’s rotation and has made five starts so far for the Mariners. The results have been mixed. Altogether, Snell is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA there. He has walked 17 and struck out just 13 in 25 innings.
- 2B Freddy Sanchez: Sanchez has not played since Aug. 17, as he remains sidelined with a shoulder injury. He has been plagued with injuries since being traded to the Giants, which has him not looking as likely to reach 600 plate appearances and therefore make his $8 million club option for next year automatic. In the 13 games he has played with San Francisco, Sanchez has hit .304.
- LHP John Grabow: Grabow has made 11 appearances out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Cubs. He has yet to allow a run in nine innings. Grabow has allowed two hits, walked seven and struck out five.
- LHP Tom Gorzelanny: Gorzelanny continues to pitch in the Cubs’ rotation while Chicago waits for all of its starters to get healthy. The lefty is 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts.
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Time for the weekly look at how the players involved in this summer’s marquee trades are faring. All stats are accurate through Monday’s games.
Let’s start with those acquired who are not on the Pirates’ big league roster:
- CF Gorkys Hernandez (acquired from Atlanta): In 65 games with Double-A Altoona, Hernandez has hit .252 with 21 RBIs. He has stolen six bases and been caught five times.
- LHP Jeff Locke (acquired from Atlanta): Locke has made 13 starts for high-A Lynchburg and has posted a 2-4 record and 4.94 ERA. In 58 1/3 innings, Locke has struck out 41 and walked 16.
- SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): Diaz continues to struggle at the plate in Triple-A. With Indianapolis, Diaz has hit .197 in 22 games. He has driven in just one and has no extra-base hits. Defensively, Diaz has committed three errors.
- RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): Strickland has made four starts for low-A West Virginia. He is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA and has 51 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings.
- RHP Nate Adcock (acquired from Seattle): Adcock has so made just three appearances (one start) and has allowed four earned runs in nine innings. He has struck out seven and walked four.
- 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): Through 17 games with Indianapolis, Clement has hit .294 with seven homers and 17 RBIs. He has gone deep five times this month and is expected to be called up when rosters expand in September.
- RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): Lorin hasn’t factored in the decision in any of his three starts with low-A West Virginia, though he has pitched quite well. The righty has limited opponents to three earned runs in 14 innings.
- RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Also pitching for West Virginia, Pribanic is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in three appearances (two starts).
- RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): Alderson is 2-0 in his three starts with Altoona. He allowed just one run in his first two starts (11 2/3 innings), but allowed five in a three-inning start last Thursday.
- INF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Playing in Lynchburg, Harrison has hit .344 with five extra-base hits and four RBIs in 15 games. He has defensively spent time at second, third and in left field.
And to those who left…
- CF Nate McLouth (sent to Atlanta): McLouth is currently on the DL with a hamstring injury and has missed time because of injury three different times since joining the Braves. When he has played, McLouth has hit .260 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 56 games. He has 10 stolen bases.
- OF Nyjer Morgan (sent to Washington): Morgan is hitting leadoff and playing in center for the Nationals. In 41 games, Morgan has stolen 20 bases in 27 attempts. He is hitting .356 with 30 runs scored.
- LHP Sean Burnett (sent to Washington): Burnett has helped stabilize the Nationals’ bullpen and has made 21 relief appearances. In 17 2/3 innings, Burnett has allowed six earned runs, walked seven and struck out 13.
- 1B Adam LaRoche (sent to Boston, then to Atlanta): After hitting .263 in six games with Boston, LaRoche has batted .370 through his first 14 games with the Braves. LaRoche has driven in 10 and gone deep four times.
- SS Jack Wilson (sent to Seattle): Wilson has hit just .222 in 13 games with the Mariners. He has doubled four times and driven in two.
- RHP Ian Snell (sent to Seattle): Snell has not fared well at all in his most recent two starts for the Mariners. Combined, Snell is 0-1 in three starts, though he has gone just 13 1/3 innings total. The righty has allowed 13 earned runs and walked 12. He has nine strikeouts.
- 2B Freddy Sanchez (sent to San Francisco): Sanchez is batting .304 through his first 13 games with the Giants. He has scored eight times and has five RBIs. Sanchez sits 159 plate appearances away from triggering his club option for next season.
- LHP John Grabow (sent to Chicago): Grabow has not allowed a run in eight appearances out of the bullpen for the Cubs. In seven innings, Grabow has allowed two hits, walked five and struck out four.
- LHP Tom Gorzelanny (sent to Chicago): Gorzelanny picked up the win against the Pirates on Saturday in a five-inning start. In total, Gorzelanny has made three starts for the Cubs and has won two of them. In 13 2/3 innings, Gorzelanny has allowed eight earned runs. He has struck out 15 and walked four.
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First off, I am not with the team in Colorado, but will join the Bucs in Chicago for the weekend series. That said, I don’t have a Pirates update to provide this evening. However, I did make my first visit to Altoona, where I am at Blair County Ballpark waiting for this storm to pass so that I can hopefully get my first look at the Curve.
My visit was sort of two-fold. I had never been here before and have heard great things about the ballpark and staff and wanted to see the facility for myself. Second, I figured this would be a great opportunity to interview some of the new additions to the organization — Tim Alderson and Gorkys Hernandez. Spoke with both at length this afternoon and will be bringing you a feature on each in the coming weeks. Hope that gives you something to look forward to while the big-league club struggles.
Oh, and there is a roller coaster in right field. And a tuna (“Al Tuna”) that comes out of the centerfield fence when the Curve score. I couldn’t make this stuff up.
Anyways, about a week ago I did a checklist of sorts of all the Minor League players acquired by the Pirates in this summer’s trades and updated you to how each was doing. From feedback I received, the list/stats were appreciated, so I figured I would update you on that same group again and do so once a week through the rest of the Minor League season. I know it’s hard for everyone to keep up with what’s going with each of the Minor League affiliates, so hopefully this will help in that respect.
Let’s get started, with all stats accurate through Monday’s games.
- CF Gorkys Hernandez (acquired from Atlanta): He continues to hit leadoff for the Curve and has a .251 average in 59 games. Despite having game-changing speed, Hernandez has swiped just six bases and has a .304 on-base percentage.
- LHP Jeff Locke (acquired from Atlanta): In 12 starts with high-A Lynchburg, Locke is 2-4 with a 4.61 ERA. He has walked 14 and struck out 36 in 52 2/3 innings.
- SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): Diaz has hit .220 in his first 16 games with Indianapolis. He has not had an extra-base hit and has driven in just one. He has committed three errors.
- RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): Since combining to throw a no-hitter in his first start with low-A West Virigina, Strickland hasn’t slowed down much. In three starts (17 innings), Strickland has allowed three earned runs and 11 hits. Strickland has walked two and struck out 13.
- RHP Nate Adcock (acquired from Seattle): Adcock is 2-0 in two games (one start) with high-A Lynchburg. He has allowed two runs and walked one in eight innings. Adcock has struck out six.
- 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): Clement already has five homers in 10 games with Triple-A Indianapolis and continues to be a strong candidate for a September call-up. Clement is hitting .308 with eight RBIs.
- RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): The righty has logged 12 innings in two starts so far with low-A West Virginia. He’s allowed two earned runs, walked one and struck out seven
- RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Pribanic also joined the Power, where he is 1-1 in two games (one start). The right-hander has allowed three runs in eight innings.
- RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): Alderson has been dominant since joining Double-A Altoona. He’s pitched 11 2/3 innings and allowed just one run. He threw six no-hit innings in his most recent start. Alderson has struck out seven and walked two.
- IF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Harrison has hit .324 in nine games with low-A Lynchburg. He has four extra-base hits and three stolen bases.
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So I have some extra time before this game gets underway and since I’ve been out of pocket for a few days, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to bring you up to date on how some of the team’s recent acquisitions and recent departees have fared since being dealt.
We’ll start with the new guys (those who aren’t in the Majors)…
- 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): In three games with Triple-A Indianapolis, Clement is 6-for-11 with three solo homers and five runs scored.
- RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): He made his organizational debut on Saturday and earned the win while pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing just one earned run for Double-A Altoona. Alderson gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out four.
- RHP Jose Ascanio (acquired from Chicago): Ascanio took the loss in his start for Indianapolis this weekend, despite allowing just two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine.
- OF Jose Tabata: Tabata obviously wasn’t acquired by the Pirates this July, but I’m adding him in the list since he just earned a promotion to Triple-A. In his first two games with Indianapolis, Tabata went 3-for-8 and drew two walks.
- RHP Nathan Adcock (acquired from Seattle): The righty has made one appearance for high-A Lynchburg. In three innings of long relief, Adcock allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three.
- RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Has not yet made his organizational debut.
- RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): Lorin did not factor in his debut with low-A West Virginia, despite allowing just one earned run in six solid innings. He gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out three.
- SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): In 10 games with Indianapolis, Diaz is 5-for-31. All his hits have been singles. He has committed two errors.
- RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): Strickland has thus far made just one start for West Virginia and it was a start in which he threw the first six innings of what became a combined no-hitter. He struck out five.
- IF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Harrison has played three games for high-A Lynchburg and is 4-for-11 with two RBIs and one run scored.
And now those who have gone elsewhere…
- SS Jack Wilson: In four games for the Mariners, Wilson is 4-for-16 with two doubles.
- RHP Ian Snell: Snell made his first start for Seattle on Sunday and allowed two runs in six innings. Both runs came via solo homers, though Snell gave up only one other hit. He walked three and struck out four.
- 2B Freddy Sanchez: Sanchez returned from his knee injury and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his Giants debut on Sunday.
- LHP John Grabow: The lefty has pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in two appearances with the Cubs.
- LHP Tom Gorzelanny: He has joined the Cubs’ rotation for the time being and will make his first start for Chicago on Tuesday.
- 1B Adam LaRoche: In case you missed it, LaRoche’s time in Boston lasted just more than a week as he was then sent to the Braves on July 31. With the Red Sox, LaRoche went 5-for-19 with two doubles, two runs scored, one home run and three RBIs. He is 3-for-7 in two games with Atlanta so far.
The Pirates have traded first baseman Adam LaRoche to the Red Sox in exchange for Double-A shortstop Argenis Diaz and Single-A right-hander Hunter Strickland, Boston radio station WEEI has reported.
Pittsburgh was known to be looking for a suitor for LaRoche, who is earning $7.05 million this season and will be a first-time free agent next season. The Pirates were not expected to make a strong attempt to resign him in the offseason.
Speculation that LaRoche was on his way out surfaced on Wednesday morning when the Pirates did not post their lineup until less than one hour before the 12:35 pm scheduled first pitch.
Diaz, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2003, is hitting .253 with 24 RBIs in 76 Double-A games this season. Diaz, 22, split last season between Single-A and Double-A. He’s a defensively-minded guy, with a questionable bat.
Strickland, an 18th-round pick in 2007, is 5-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) at the low Single-A level. He has 51 strikeouts and 13 walks in 83 1/3 innings.
LaRoche was hitting .247 with a team-best 12 homers and 40 RBIs this season. LaRoche likely would have been a Type B free agent this offseason at best, meaning the Pirates would have gotten one compensation pick in next year’s Draft if they had held onto him for the final two months of the season.
By the way, LaRoche was just shown on the television as being in the dugout and in uniform. That likely means nothing will be announced until after this game.
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