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Friday, July 25th: Chad Pinder & Matt Olson Homer to Help Ports Win while A’s Acquire Former 1st-Rounder Deck McGuire for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Lancaster JetHawks  5

Stockton Ports         7

WP – Sanchez 5-1 / 3.64

HR- Olson (29), Pinder (12)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chad Pinder

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)

Stockton jumped out to an early lead on Friday when second baseman Chad Pinder hit his 12th home run in the 1st inning for the Ports. Pinder finished the night with 3 hits, a walk, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, while first baseman Matt Olson hit his league-leading 29th home run, and outfielder Bobby Crocker collected 3 hits and drove in a run for the Ports. Stockton starter Jake Sanchez allowed 3 runs over 6 innings of work to earn his 5th win, while RHP Nolan Sanburn gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in 2 innings of relief, and RHP Austin House pitched a perfect 9th to post his 13th save.

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Thursday, June 12th: Neal Pitches Hounds to Victory while Cats, Ports & Snappers All Fall and A’s Ink Top Draft Picks

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Zach Neal (8 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  3

San Antonio Missions     2

WP – Neal 3-0 / 0.58

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Zach Neal

(8 IP / 6 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K / Win)

RHP Zach Neal turned in another strong start for the RockHounds, allowing just 2 unearned runs while striking out 5 over 8 innings of work to earn his 3rd win on Thursday, while RHP Tucker Healy tossed a scoreless 9th to notch his 2nd save. Shortstop Dusty Coleman singled, doubled and drove in the Hounds’ first run, while catcher Beau Taylor walked and doubled, and outfielder Billy Burns had a pair of singles and drove in a run for the RockHounds.

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Monday, May 26th: Vogt’s Big Bat Leads Cats to Victory while Snappers Win and Hounds & Ports Come Up Short

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Catcher Stephen Vogt (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Catcher Stephen Vogt (Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  9

Las Vegas 51s                   5

WP – Buschmann 3-0 / 4.73

HR – Vogt (2)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Stephen Vogt

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

Catcher Stephen Vogt continued his hot-hitting for the River Cats on Monday, collecting 3 hits, including a double and a 3-run homer. And over his last 9 games, the Cats backstop is hitting .462 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 11 RBIs. First baseman Nate Freiman and second baseman Tyler Ladendorf collected 2 hits apiece, while shortstop Andy Parrino and outfielder Shane Peterson each drove in a pair of runs for the River Cats. Things got off to a rocky start for RHP Matt Buschmann and he ended up allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks over 5 2/3 innings but he still walked away with his 3rd win for Sacramento.

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Monday, May 12th: Peterson’s HR Helps Cats Prevail while Snappers Win in Wahl’s Return and Hounds Fall without Hiro

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Shane Peterson (Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                   6

Sacramento River Cats  7

WP – McBryde 2-0 / 4.26

HR – Peterson (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Shane Peterson

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

With Sacramento down by a run and a man on in the bottom of the 7th inning, outfielder Shane Peterson slugged a 2-run homer to provide the winning run for the River Cats on Monday. Shortstop Andy Parrino drew a pair of walks and scored twice, while catcher Stephen Vogt singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in his first game back in action for Sacramento after spending over a month on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Starter Marcus Walden allowed 6 runs, 3 earned, on 9 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work, while RHP Jeremy McBryde tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn his 2nd win, and RHP Evan Scribner got the final 3 outs for his 6th save. In other news, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reported on Monday that Padres first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks could be dealt to the A’s, with River Cats outfielder Jake Goebbert possibly going to San Diego, noting that Goebbert wasn’t in the Cats lineup on Monday night.

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Monday, April 21st: Goebbert Homers Twice in Cats’ Loss while Beloit Wins Behind Boyd’s Big Bat and Hounds & Ports Come Up Short

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Jake Goebbert (2 for 2 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Sacramento River Cats Outfielder Jake Goebbert (2 for 2 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  5

Tacoma Rainiers               8

LP – Neal 1-1 / 6.55

HR – Goebbert 2 (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Jake Goebbert

(2 for 2 / 2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Outfielder Jake Goebbert had a big night for the River Cats on Monday, hitting a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning and following up with a solo shot in the 4th, while outfielder Shane Peterson doubled, and designated hitter Kent Matthes and catcher Ryan Ortiz drove in a run apiece for the River Cats. RHP Zach Neal struggled in his second start for Sacramento, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits, including 4 home runs, over 5 innings of work to take the loss for the Cats.

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Saturday, April 19th: Atherton & Herrera Pitch Ports & Snappers to Victory on Saturday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Tim Atherton (6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 10 K / Win)

 Stockton Ports Pitcher Tim Atherton  (6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 10 K / Win)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports        3

Inland Empire 66ers  1

WP – Atherton 2-0 / 3.86

HR – Healy (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Tim Atherton

(6 IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 10 K / Win)

RHP Tim Atherton delivered his most impressive start for Stockton on Saturday, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 10 over 6 innings to earn his 2nd win. RHP Ryan Doolittle tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Tucker Healy got the final 3 outs for his 1st save. First baseman Ryon Healy had his best day yet at the plate for the Ports, collecting his 1st homer and his 2nd triple, while catcher Bruce Maxwell had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a run in the win.

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Thursday, April 17th: Ports Fall despite Streich’s Stellar Start while Snappers Win behind Finnegan and Cats & Hounds Come up Short

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K)

 Stockton Ports Pitcher Seth Streich      (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports        3

Inland Empire 66ers  4

LP – Sanburn 0-1 / 5.00

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Seth Streich

(6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 9 K)

RHP Seth Streich turned in an impressive start for Stockton, allowing just 3 hits while walking none and striking out 9 over 6 scoreless innings, and he left the game with a 3-run lead. In his first appearance for the Ports, RHP Hunter Adkins came on to give up 2 runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and RHP Nolan Sanburn surrendered 2 more runs – the tying run in the 9th and the winning run in the 10th – to take the loss. Designated hitter Renato Nunez singled, walked twice and drove in a run, while second baseman Chad Pinder also singled in a run, and shortstop Daniel Robertson singled and scored twice for the Ports. Meanwhile, Stockton starter Shawn Haviland was promoted to Midland and Hunter Adkins is expected to join RHPs Seth Streich, Josh Bowman, Manny Correa and Tim Atherton as the newest member of Stockton’s starting rotation.

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River Cats, RockHounds, Ports & Snappers Opening Day Rosters

Raley Field in Sacramento

Raley Field in Sacramento

Here they are – the official opening day rosters for the A’s four full-season affiliates who will all be starting their seasons on Thursday. Beloit will kick off the day’s action at 4:30pm PDT, followed by Midland at 5:00pm PDT, then Sacramento at 5:35pm PDT, and finally Stockton at 7:00pm PDT. We know that RHP Drew Granier will be the opening day starter for Midland and RHP Bobby Wahl will get the call for Beloit, while Sacramento’s and Stockton’s opening day starters have yet to be officially announced. Be sure to follow @AthleticsFarm on Twitter all day Thursday for updates on all the opening day action.

 

Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt

SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

(Pacific Coast League – Triple-A)

-CATCHERS-

Stephen Vogt*, Ryan Ortiz

-INFIELDERS-

Nate Freiman*, Anthony Aliotti, Jose Martinez, Alden Carrithers, Hiro Nakajima, Tyler Ladendorf, (DL- Jake Elmore*)

-OUTFIELDERS-

Shane Peterson*, Kent Matthes*, Jake Goebbert, Michael Taylor

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Joe Blanton, Arnold Leon*, Matt Buschmann, Sean Murphy, Josh Lindblom*

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Philip Humber, Deryk Hooker, Jeremy McBryde, Jose Flores, Fernando Nieve, Paul Smyth, Joe Savery*, Eric Berger, Fernando Rodriguez* (Rehab Assignment)

*40-Man Roster

NOTE: The A’s removed IF Hiro Nakajima from the 40-man roster on Wednesday and officially outrighted him to Sacramento. OF Michael Taylor cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Sacramento. IF Jake Elmore was placed on the DL on Thursday, and IF Tyler Ladendorf was promoted from Midland.

 

Addison Russell

Addison Russell

MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS

(Texas League – Double-A)

-CATCHERS-

Ryan Lipkin, Beau Taylor

-INFIELDERS-

Max Muncy, Dusty Coleman, Addison Russell, Jefry Marte, Miles Head, Antonio Lamas

-OUTFIELDERS-

Billy Burns, D’Arby Myers, Chad Oberacker, Josh Whitaker, Conner Crumbliss

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Zach Neal, Drew Granier, Raul Alcantara*, Tanner Peters, Chris Jensen

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Murphy Smith, Nate Long, Ryan Dull, Blake Hassebrock, Seth Frankoff, Jesus Castillo, Andrew Werner, Jeff Urlaub, (DL-Frank Gailey)

*40-Man Roster

 

Billy McKinney

Billy McKinney

STOCKTON PORTS

(California League – High-A)

-CATCHERS-

Bruce Maxwell, Ryan Gorton

-INFIELDERS-

Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, Wade Kirkland, Daniel Robertson, Renato Nunez, Ryon Healy

-OUTFIELDERS

Bobby Crocker, Dusty Robinson, Aaron Shipman, Billy McKinney

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Josh Bowman, Manny Correa, Seth Streich, Shawn Haviland, Tim Atherton

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Nolan Sanburn, Michael Ynoa*, Jonathan Joseph, Ryan Doolittle, Tucker Healy, Kris Hall, Austin House, Jeremy Barfield, (DL-Omar Duran)

*40-Man Roster

 

B.J. Boyd

B.J. Boyd

BELOIT SNAPPERS

(Midwest League – Class-A)

-CATCHERS-

Phil Pohl, Andy Paz

-INFIELDERS-

Ryan Huck, Melvin Mercedes, Chih-Fang Pan, Sam Roberts, B.A. Vollmuth, Michael Soto

-OUTFIELDERS-

Ryan Mathews, B.J. Boyd, Boog Powell, Tyler Marincov, (DL-Jaycob Brugman)

-STARTING PITCHERS-

Dylan Covey, Kyle Finnegan, Lou Trivino, Ronald Herrera, Bobby Wahl

-RELIEF PITCHERS-

Andres Avila, Stuart Pudenz, Trevor Bayless, Sam Bragg, Lee Sosa, Chris Lamb, Brent Powers, Matt Stalcup

 

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A’s Eager to Deal Prospects to Win Now!

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Billy Beane’s been a busy boy!

A’s general manager Billy Beane has had a busy week – and it ain’t over yet! On Monday, the team signed free agent left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year $22 million deal. And later that same day, the A’s acquired right-handed closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore in return for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later.

Then on Tuesday, the team traded two of its top minor league prospects, outfielder Michael Choice and second baseman Chris Bostick, to Texas for outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed starter Josh Lindblom. The A’s then followed that up just hours later by sending outfielder Seth Smith to San Diego for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson.

Just the previous week, the team dealt minor league outfielder John Wooten to Washington for left-handed reliever Fernando Abad. And two weeks prior to that, the A’s signed utility infielder Nick Punto as a free agent.

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Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry

The A’s new outfielder, Craig Gentry – who was nicknamed “Kitten Face” in Texas – is a right-handed hitting outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. He brings excellent defense and speed and hits lefties well, so he figures to take Chris Young’s place as a right-handed platoon player and fourth outfielder who could take over full time in center field for the A’s when Coco Crisp becomes a free agent after next season.

In order to acquire Gentry, the A’s gave up their top outfield prospect, who also happened to be the team’s top major-league-ready hitting prospect, former 1st-round draft pick Michael Choice. After hitting .302 at Triple-A Sacramento in 2013, many had hoped that Choice would be given the chance to fill Young’s role on the A’s roster in 2014. But instead, he’ll get the chance to battle for a starting spot in the Rangers’ outfield this season.

Top talent evaluators are divided on Choice’s chances for success as a major league slugger. But the A’s have a history of undervaluing and trading away talented young outfielders who’ve gone on to become successful major league hitters elsewhere. And A’s fans have to hope that Choice doesn’t turn out to be the next Andre Ethier, Nelson Cruz or Carlos Gonzalez in Texas.

With Choice now gone, Shane Peterson and Michael Taylor are now the most major-league-ready outfielders at the upper levels of the A’s minor league system, while 20-year-old B.J. Boyd and 19-year-old Billy McKinney are the team’s top outfield prospects at the lower levels of the system.

The A’s also traded away their top second base prospect, Chris Bostick, in the deal. And it looks increasingly likely that shortstop Daniel Robertson might have to try to make the move to second base to provide a future double play partner for top shortstop prospect Addison Russell. With fellow second baseman Jemile Weeks now gone as well, Sacramento’s 2014 infield could be comprised of Daric Barton or Anthony Aliotti at first base, minor league free agent signee Jose Martinez at second base, Andy Parrino at shortstop, Hiro Nakajima at third base and Dusty Coleman as the utility infielder filling in at second, short and third.

Meanwhile, RHP Josh Lindblom is likely to start the season in Sacramento’s starting rotation, along with River Cats returnees Arnold Leon and Andrew Werner as well as recent minor league free agent signees Phil Humber and Matt Buschmann.

Scott Kazmir - the $22 million dollar man

Scott Kazmir – the $22 million dollar man

At the major league level, new acquisitions Scott Kazmir and Jim Johnson are clearly intended to take the place of free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour on the A’s pitching staff. With Kazmir guaranteed $11 million this season, Johnson expected to net $10-11 million in arbitration and seven starting pitchers currently on the staff, the A’s second-highest-paid starter, Brett Anderson at $8 million, is expected to be the A’s most appetizing bit of a trade bait to be dangled at next week’s Winter Meetings. And rumors already have the Blue Jays, Twins, Royals, Yankees, Indians and Mariners licking their lips over the left-hander.

Assuming the A’s are able to complete a deal for Anderson, the team’s 2014 rotation would then be comprised of five of the following six starters: Scott Kazmir, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and Sonny Gray. Given the general health of starting pitchers, it wouldn’t be surprising if one out of any group of six starters wasn’t 100% healthy to start the season, so I wouldn’t bother spending too much time worrying about which five of the six will end up making the opening day cut – it’ll surely sort itself out by the end of spring.

As far as the A’s bullpen goes, new closer Jim Johnson, who has saved at least 50 games in each of the last two seasons, and new RHP Luke Gregerson, who has been one of the best setup men in the National League over the past couple of years, are set to join LHPs Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins and RHPs Ryan Cook and Jesse Chavez, who is out options and whom the A’s value as a long man and spot starter.

Since the team typically likes to carry seven relievers, there’s room for one more arm in the A’s pen, and RHP Dan Otero is clearly the most deserving candidate for the final spot. But since Fernando Abad, Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa and Fernando Rodriguez are all out of options, it’s possible that Otero could start the season being stashed at Sacramento, waiting for someone to hit the DL while one of the others is given a shot.

Over the past week and a half, the A’s farm system has suffered the loss of outfielder Michael Choice, second baseman Jemile Weeks, second baseman Chris Bostick and outfielder John Wooten. And in the last six months, the team lost its 2007 #1 draft pick James Simmons as a minor league free agent and traded away 2008’s #1 pick Jemile Weeks, 2009’s #1 pick Grant Green and 2010’s #1 pick Michael Choice. 2011’s #1 pick Sonny Gray has already made it to the majors, while 2012’s #1 pick Addison Russell should be starting the season at Double-A Midland and 2013’s #1 pick Billy McKinney is expected to start the year at Class-A Beloit.

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Brett Anderson – next up on the trading block?

As previously mentioned, LHP Brett Anderson is the most likely member of the A’s roster to be the next one to find himself on Billy Beane’s trading block, with infielder Alberto Callaspo not far behind. With six other starters on the staff, a long injury history and an $8 million salary attached to his name, Anderson is clearly expendable. And with a salary close to $5 million and no definite spot in the A’s lineup, Callaspo seems to just be taking up roster and salary space at this point.

Outfielders Seth Smith, Chris Young and Michael Choice have all recently departed, with Craig Gentry being the only outfielder the A’s have acquired to take their place. So it certainly seems like there could be room for one more big OF/DH bat to be added to the A’s lineup to help boost the team’s offensive output, possibly as the result of an Anderson deal.

It’s also been reported that the A’s have been inquiring about middle infielders and catchers in trade talks for Anderson. So the team could be looking for a second baseman to take the place of Eric Sogard, or a shortstop who would then enable Jed Lowrie to make the move to second, or possibly a catcher who would allow John Jaso to take over for Seth Smith in the designated hitter role.

The A’s major league roster currently shapes up with Jaso and Norris as the catching platoon, Donaldson, Lowrie, Sogard, Punto, Moss and Freiman serving around the infield, and Cespedes, Crisp, Reddick and Gentry making up the outfield. Since the team typically likes to carry thirteen position players, that leaves one last roster spot open. At this point, it would most likely be filled by Callaspo. But if he ends up being traded, then it would be Barton, unless, of course, the A’s acquire another big bat who would end up pushing Barton back to Sacramento.

With all the current question marks, one thing seems certain – Beane and company aren’t done dealing just yet, and the A’s roster is far from set. There are surely more changes to come. But for the time being, here’s how things are shaping up for the 2014 A’s and River Cats, assuming everyone who’s out of options can clear waivers.

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A’s Instructional League Roster

Billy McKinney

Billy McKinney

A total of 44 players reported to the A’s fall Instructional League camp in Phoenix this week. Many of the A’s top prospects will spend the next month training, conditioning, participating in drills and playing other teams’ Instructional League clubs in Arizona.

The A’s top pick from this year’s draft – outfielder Bill McKinney – along with two of the A’s top three picks from the 2012 draft – shortstop Daniel Robertson and first baseman Matt Olson – will all be participating. Meanwhile, the A’s top pick from 2012 – shortstop Addison Russell – will begin his off-season work in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League later next month.

Below you’ll find the A’s complete fall Instructional League roster along with the team each player finished the 2013 season with listed next to their name…

 

A’s Instructional League Roster

–PITCHERS—

Dylan Covey

Dylan Covey

Jeremy Barfield  (Sac)

Sam Bragg  (Bel)

Dylan Covey  (Bel)

Dustin Driver  (AZL)

Kyle Finnegan  (Bel)

Kris Hall  (Bel)

Ronald Herrera  (Ver)

Austin House  (Bel)

Chris Kohler  (AZL)

Joe Michaud  (Ver)

Junior Mendez  (Ver)

Michael Ynoa

Michael Ynoa

Carlos Navas  (AZL)

Nolan Sanburn  (Bel)

Lee Sosa  (Ver)

Lou Trivino  (Ver)

Dominique Vattuone  (Ver)

Tyler Vail  (Bel)

Victor Veliz  (DSL)

Bobby Wahl  (Ver)

Michael Ynoa  (Sto)

Jesus Zambrano  (DSL)

 

Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

–CATCHERS—

Iolana Akau  (AZL)

Bruce Maxwell  (Sto)

Josh Miller  (Ver)

Andy Paz  (AZL)

Kyle Wheeler  (AZL)

 

–INFIELDERS—

Chris Bostick  (Bel)

Daniel Robertson

Daniel Robertson

Edwin Diaz  (AZL)

Ryon Healy  (Ver)

Ryan Huck  (Ver)

Jesus Lopez  (DNP)

Yairo Munoz  (AZL)

Renato Nunez  (Bel)

Matt Olson  (Bel)

Chad Pinder  (Ver)

Daniel Robertson  (Bel)

 

B.J. Boyd

B.J. Boyd

–OUTFIELDERS—

B.J. Boyd  (Ver)

Jaycob Brugman  (Ver)

Shawn Duinkerk  (AZL)

Justin Higley  (AZL)

Tyler Marincov  (Ver)

Billy McKinney  (Ver)

D’Arby Myers  (Mid)

Aaron Shipman  (Bel)

 

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