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Cuba Claims 2013 World Port Title with Win Over the Netherlands


The 2013 World Port Tournament finished up earlier today with the championship match between the world’s #1 ranked Cuba against the host Netherlands.

The two teams split their first two matches with the Dutch winning the first game 7-0 but falling in the second game 4-0. Heading into the final day of the round robin play on Saturday, three teams were sitting at 3-2 in Cuba, Netherlands, and Chinese Taipei.

Cuba defeated Curacao 11-0 to finish at 4-2 and earn a spot in the championship. Then it came down to the winner of the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei to see who would face Cuba.

The Dutch got a great performance out of Diegomar Markwell who tossed 8.2 innings of shutout ball to pitch the Netherlands into the championship game.

So it was all set. Cuba against the Netherlands for the 2013 World Port Tournament Championship.

Cuba 4, Netherlands 0

Wilber Perez was outstanding on the hill for Cuba. He pitched 5.1 innings allowing just two hits to earn the win. Rasiel Iglesias came on to finish off the game and earn the save. Iglesias tossed 3.2 innings allowing just one hit and striking out four.

The Dutch bats were silenced by Cuba’s arms, but the Cuban bats showed up. Rob Cordemans didn’t pitch bad, but he got no support. He allowed four runs, just two earned, in 7.2 innings.

Alexander Malleta had a great day at the plate for Cuba. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Andy Ibanez chipped in with three singles, which was equal to what the entire Dutch team had, going 3-for-5. Jose Miguel Fernandez and Yadiel Hernandez both scored a run and went 2-for-4.

As a team Cuba led the tournament in every major category. They had the best ERA (1.73), team batting average (.276), and fielding percentage (.991) committing only two errors.

It was the ninth gold medal for Cuba, and thirteenth overall. The Dutch earned its eleventh medal and sixth silver.

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WPT: Cuba and Chinese Taipei Pick Up Wins on Day Four; Lead Tournament


Back to a full slate of games on Wednesday as all teams played at the 2013 World Port Tournament, the defending champion Chinese Taipei faced off with Curacao who was coming off its first win. The later game was a rematch between host Netherlands and the #1 world ranked Cuba.

Game 1 of the day saw a great pitching performance from Chinese Taipei’s Yank Jhih-long who tossed seven innings to earn the win. Over those seven innings he gave up just one run on three hits while striking out eight. Chen Yu-hsun came on to pick up his second save of the tournament pitching the final inning and a third.

Curacao starter Sherwenne Antersijn didn’t pitch bad, but didn’t pitch great. He tossed 6.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits taking the loss.

Neither team did too much offensively. Chinese Taipei took advantage of a late inning error to take on two unearned runs. Kuo Ming-jen had a nice day at the plate for Chinese Taipei. The shortstop went 2-for-4 in the game, scored a run, and drove in another.

Johannes Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Curacao who fell to 1-3.

Game 2 featured Cuba and the Netherlands. The Dutch had defeated Cuba the first go around 7-0, but this time Cuba would get its revenge. It got a great start from Wilber Perez who shut down the Dutch offense for 7.1 innings. He allowed just four hits, walked six, and struck out seven as Cuba went on to win 4-0.

Rasiel Iglesias pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn the save.

It was a closer game than the score indicates. It was scoreless for the first seven innings as neither side could get to the opposing team’s starter until Cuba got two runs in the top of the eighth.

Dutch stater Orlando Yntema was touched up for a pair of runs in the eighth. After cruising through seven innings, Yntema walked the lead off hitter. After a sacrifice moved the runner to second base, Yadeil Hernandez came on as a pinch-hitter. On a 2-2 pitch, Hernandez hit a single up the middle to put Cuba on the board with a RBI single.

Yntema would be relieved but his relief, Leon Boyd, would immediately give up a double driving home Hernandez. That left Yntema with a line of 7.1 IP/5 H/ 2 R and the loss.

Cuba would take on some insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a Eriel Sanchez two-run single.

2013 World Port Tournament Schedule:

Sunday June 30
Cuba 3, Curacao 0
Netherlands 7, Chinese Taipei 2

Monday July 1
Chinese Taipei 4, Curacao 2
Cuba 0, Netherlands 7

Tuesday July 2
Curacao 3, Netherlands 2 (10)

Wednesday July 3
Curacao 5, Chinese Taipei 2
Netherlands 0, Cuba 4

Thursday July 4
19:30 Cuba vs Chinese Taipei

Friday July 5
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
19:30 Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
14:00 Curacao vs Cuba
19:30 Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
14:00 Championship Game

2013 World Port Tournament Standings

1. Cuba 2-1
1. Chinese Taipei 2-1
3. Netherlands 2-2
4. Curacao 1-3

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WPT: Curacao and Netherlands Play Ten Inning Thriller


On Tuesday at the 2013 World Port Tournament there was only one game on the schedule. The host Netherlands played against the win-less Curacao team.

Both teams got great pitching performances from their starters. David Bergman went six innings allowing just one run on six hits for the Dutch. He struck out six Curacao batters but didn’t come away with the win.

Curacao starter Nick Veltkamp tossed six innings as well. He gave up two unearned runs on five hits while striking out five. But he too didn’t come away with the win. That’s because the bullpens would decide the outcome in extra innings.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Edinho Meyer came on as a pinch-hitter and he came up big. With two outs and runners at first and second, Meyer came up with a single to drive in the tying run. After neither team scored in the ninth, the game went to the tenth inning. And Meyer came up again.

Again with runners at first and second, Meyer once again came through. This time he came up with a walk off single to center field to end the game and put Curacao in the win column with a 3-2 win.

Kevin Kelly picked up the win tossing four innings of scoreless relief. He struck out six and allowed only three hits.

Johannes Gregorius had a big day at the plate for Curacao going 4-for-5 and stealing a base.

2013 World Port Tournament Schedule:

Sunday June 30
Cuba 3, Curacao 0
Netherlands 7, Chinese Taipei 2

Monday July 1
Chinese Taipei 4, Curacao 2
Cuba 0, Netherlands 7

Tuesday July 2
Curacao 3, Netherlands 2 (10)

Wednesday July 3
14:00 Curacao vs Chinese Taipei
19:30 Netherlands vs Cuba

Thursday July 4
19:30 Cuba vs Chinese Taipei

Friday July 5
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
19:30 Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
14:00 Curacao vs Cuba
19:30 Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
14:00 Championship Game

2013 World Port Tournament Standings

1. Netherlands 2-1
1. Cuba 1-1
3. Chinese Taipei 1-1
3. Curacao 1-2

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WPT: Defending Champion Chinese Taipei Gets in Win Column on Day Two; Dutch Down Cuba


Day 2 of the 2013 World Port Tournament opened up with a close game between defending champ Chinese Taipei and Curacao and finished up with a game with host Netherlands and the #1 world ranked Cuba.

Chinese Taipei started off the tournament with a loss to the Netherlands, but they bounced back with a win over Curacao on day 2.

Curacao 2, Chinese Taipei 4

Chinese Taipei used a few bunt singles and a hit by pitch to take the lead in the seventh inning. The pitching did the rest. Chen Yu-hsun pitched the final two innings in relief to earn the save. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out four. Starter Sung Chia-hao didn’t last long pitching only 1.2 innings. He allowed a run on three hits. Chang Hsien-chih pitched well in relief giving up one run on one hit over 5.1 innings. He struggled a bit with control walking four but struck out six in the win.

Ruderly Manuel took the loss tossing six innings. He gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits as Curacao fell to 0-2.

Curacao managed only four hits in the game. Two of them came from Christefer Obispo who doubled and went 2-for-4 in the loss.

Hueng Chia-wei picked up a pair of hits going 2-for-4 and driving in a run. Chen Wei-chih also went 2-for-4 scoring a run. The only extra base hit from Chinese Taipei came in the form of a double from Wang Po-jung (1-for-4).

The win evens Chinese Taipei’s record at 1-1. They will have a day off on Tuesday and then face Curacao again on Wednesday afternoon.

Netherlands 7, Cuba 0

The second game of the day continued to drive home the point that the Dutch can play with anyone in the world as they dismantled the #1 team in the world Cuba for the third time this year (twice during the World Baseball Classic).

Rob Cordemans, who didn’t face Cuba in the WBC, pitched a complete game shutout. He gave up just five hits and struck out two in the win.

The game was much closer than the score might indicate. The Dutch scored five runs in the final two innings to put the game away.

Bas Nooij had a nice day at the plate. He got the scoring started in the fourth inning with a RBI single. He would add another RBI single in the eighth and a sacrifice fly in the ninth finishing the day 2-for-4 with three RBI. Dwayne Kemp doubled, scored a run, and drove in another going 3-for-5 on the day.

The win puts the Dutch in the lead early on, but each team still has four games to go.

2013 World Port Tournament Schedule:

Sunday June 30
Cuba 3, Curacao 0
Netherlands 7, Chinese Taipei 2

Monday July 1
Chinese Taipei 4, Curacao 2
Cuba 0, Netherlands 7

Tuesday July 2
19:30 Curacao vs Netherlands

Wednesday July 3
14:00 Curacao vs Chinese Taipei
19:30 Netherlands vs Cuba

Thursday July 4
19:30 Cuba vs Chinese Taipei

Friday July 5
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
19:30 Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
14:00 Curacao vs Cuba
19:30 Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
14:00 Championship Game

2013 World Port Tournament Standings

1. Netherlands 2-0
1. Cuba 1-1
3. Chinese Taipei 1-1
3. Curacao 0-2

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World Port Tournament Opens with Wins from Cuba and Netherlands


As Prague Baseball Week and the Swiss Alpine Cup were winding down, another big tournament was just kicking off over in Rotterdam, Netherlands – the World Port Tournament.

This  year the WPT features just four teams, but they are some of the strongest in the world including the #1 ranked team from Cuba. Also playing are Chinese Taipei, Curacao and the host Netherlands.

Even before the tournament kicked off it was drawing attention from the world of baseball as a Cuban pitcher, Odrisamer Despaigne, defected on the flight to the Netherlands as the team make a stopover in Paris. This is the third straight time a Cuban player has defected at the WPT, which is played every two years.

The 2013 edition of the WPT kicked off with Cuba facing off with Curacao with Cuba starting off with a 3-0 victory. Cuban starter Ismel Jimenez pitched great tossing eight shutout innings. He gave up just six hits, walked one, and struck out ten to pick up the win. Rasiel Iglesias came in to pick up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Andy Ibanez had a great day at the plate for Cuba. He went 3-for-4 scoring twice. Yulieski Gourriel knocked in a run and scored once going 2-for-3 with a triple.

Raydell Isabella pitched well for Curacao tossing a complete game. He gave up just three runs (one run) on seven hits.

Game 2 saw the host Netherlands take on the defending champion Chinese Taipei.

Chinese Taipei jumped out in the third inning with a pair of runs to take an early lead. But that was it. The Netherlands came back in the fourth to take the lead and they would add on for a 7-2 win.

Diegomar Markwell picked up the win for the Dutch tossing seven innings giving up just two runs on eight hits.

Markwell got offensive support from a few sources. Lead off hitter Roeland Henrique may have went hitless, but he did his job by getting on base with three walks. Stijn van der Meer followed him up in the line up by picking up a pair of hits going 2-for-5. Hitting third was Danny Rombley who also went 2-for-5 scoring a pair of runs.

All three of these hitters set the table for the cleanup man, Bryan Englehardt who came through. Englehardt went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored.

Lin Wang-wei had a nice day at the plate for Chinese Taipei. The left fielder went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Hsieh Jung-hao took the loss lasting just four innings while allowing three runs on six hits.

2013 World Port Tournament Schedule:

Monday July 1
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Curacao
19:30 Cuba vs Netherlands

Tuesday July 2
19:30 Curacao vs Netherlands

Wednesday July 3
14:00 Curacao vs Chinese Taipei
19:30 Netherlands vs Cuba

Thursday July 4
19:30 Cuba vs Chinese Taipei

Friday July 5
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
19:30 Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
14:00 Curacao vs Cuba
19:30 Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
14:00 Championship Game

2013 World Port Tournament Standings

1. Netherlands 1-0
1. Cuba 1-0
3. Chinese Taipei 0-1
3. Curacao 0-1

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Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne Defects During Flight to the Netherlands


Once again a Cuban player has used the World Port Tournament to defect. The tournament has seen this the past two times it was played as well (Aroldis Chapman in 2009 and Gerardo Concepcion in 2011).

This time it was 26-year old Odrisamer Despaigne did the same thing during a layover in Paris at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The team suspects that Despaigne traveled to Spain where his father lives.

Despaigne just finished up his sixth season in the Cuban National Series where he pitched for the Industriales. This past season he pitched 143 innings striking out 98. He posted a 3.27 ERA and a 10-5 record.

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Netherlands: 2013 World Port Tournament Schedule Announced; Cuba to be Fourth Team


Cuba has been announced as the fourth team at the 2013 World Port Tournament.

Cuba will join Curacao, Chinese Taipei, and host Netherlands in the 2013 edition of the tournament. The tournament will be played in Rotterdam from June 30 to July 7.

The bi-annual tournament also released the schedule with Cuba and Curacao kicking it off on Sunday June 30.

2013 WPT Schedule:

Sunday June 30
2:00 pm – Cuba vs Curacao
7:30 pm – Netherlands vs Chinese Taipei

Monday July 1
2:00 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Curacao
7:30 pm – Cuba vs Netherlands

Tuesday July 2
7:30 pm – Curacao vs Netherlands

Wednesday July 3
2:00 pm – Curacao vs Chinese Taipei
7:30 pm – Netherlands vs Cuba

Thursday July 4
7:30 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

Friday July 5
2:00 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
7:30 pm – Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
2:00 pm – Curacao vs Cuba
7:30 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
2:00 pm Final

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2013 World Port Tournament News


ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – The 2013 edition of the World Port Tournament will only feature four teams. The bi-annual international baseball tournament will feature host Netherlands, defending champion Chinese Taipei, and Curacao.

The final team for the tournament will either be the USA or Cuba. The final team should be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2013 edition of the tournament has been shortened by three days, thus the limiting of the teams to only four. Each team will play six games.

The WPT takes place from June 30 to July 7 at Familie Stadium in Rotterdam.

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2011 World Port Tournament – Taiwan Wins Title


THE NETHERLANDS – Taiwan and Cuba needed extra innings to declare a winner on Sunday in the 2011 World Port Tournament at Family Stadium in Rotterdam. An 11th inning RBI single by Huang Chih-pei game Taiwan the title. Taiwan finished the tournament with an impressive 8-1 mark, including 3 wins over Cuba.

The game went back and forth with Cuba taking a 2-0 lead after 3 and a half innings. Taiwan got a run back in the 4th and then jumped out to a 4-3 lead with a 3 run 5th inning. Wei Thing Lin drove in 3 runs with a double for Taiwan in the 5th, but Cuba quickly tied it up in the top of the 7th.

Yassel Puig (3-for6) was a home run shy of the cycle for Taiwan. Lin Chen-hua picked up the win in relief.

Yadier Pedroso picked up the loss going 6 innings in relief on just 1 day’s rest.

This was the first title for Taiwan after having finished 2nd twice and 3rd 3 times.

RESULTS:

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 08 01 Won 3
Cuba 05 04 Lost 1
Netherlands 05 03 Won 1
Curacao 02 06 Lost 5
Germany 01 07 Lost 2

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 8 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS – Germany got in the win column pounding out 12 runs on 10 hits against Curacao on Thursday. The German pitching staff gave up only 5 hits in shutting down the Curacao bats. In the second game of the day, Taiwan continued its winning ways with a victory over Cuba.

Germany 12, Curacao 2 (8)

Germany ended its losing streak by defeating Curacao. Curacao jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but that’s all they would get. In the first inning, Sascha Lutz led off the game for Germany with a double to left center. He would score an unearned run on an error by the catcher putting Germany up 1-0. The lead wouldn’t last for long. In the bottom half of the first, Curacao would get two runs. Heinrich Martina (0-for-2) got hit to start the inning but was quickly picked off of first base. Curacao would get a run after a walk, a single, and an error on a fielder’s choice. The second run came on a single by Levi Carolus (1-for-2). That was it for Curacao. They would leave the bases loaded and not plate another run.

However, Germany kept the bats rolling. They would get 4 runs in the 3rd inning to go up 5-2 and they never looked back. They would score 4 more runs in the 5th. Then they would add a single run in the 6th, 7th, and 8th. Center fielder Sascha Lutz set the table going 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored and a RBI. Jendrick Speer added 3 RBI going 3-for-4.

Daniel Hinz went only a third of an inning allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Dominik Hartinger came in to pitch the rest of the game going 7.2 innings giving up 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4 to pick up the win.

Taiwan 4, Cuba 1

Cuba needed to win to keep pace with The Netherlands. It was looking good until the bottom of the 7th. Cuba got a run in the 3rd inning after Rusney Castillo doubled with one out. He was quickly sent home via a Yoilan Cerce single up the middle. Yosvani Torres kept the Taiwan bats at bay for 6 innings, but didn’t have the answer in the 7th.

Taiwan finally got to Torres in the 7th inning getting 4 runs. They started the inning off with back-to-back singles from right fielder Lin (2-for-4) and Wei Chih Chen (2-for-4). After a ground out, Han Lin (0-for-3) was intentionally walked to load the bases. The next batter Kuan Wei Yang (3-for-5) quickly tied the score with a RBI single. After Cuba pulled Torres, Chih Pei Huang (1-for-5) drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. Another single loaded the bases and then Tsung Han Yu (2-for-4) singled to center driving in a pair of runs to put Taiwan up 4-1.

Torres lasted 6.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 11 hits and 1 walk to take the loss. Yu Hsun Chen tossed 8 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 3 to pick up the win. Yu Ching Lin tossed the 9th inning to pick up the save.

With the win, Taiwan earns a trip to the finals on Sunday. Cuba will need a victory over The Netherlands on Friday to stay in the hunt for the finals.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, July 1:
14:00 Taiwan – Germany
19:00 Cuba – Netherlands

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 06 01 Won 1
Netherlands 04 02 Won 2
Cuba 03 03 Lost 1
Curacao 02 05 Lost 4
Germany 01 05 Won 1

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 7 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS –  Cuba got some payback against Curacao with a 1-0 win on Wednesday avenging their loss from last Friday. In game 2 of the day, The Netherlands handed Taiwan its first loss of the tournament.

Cuba 1, Curacao 0

Dalier Honajosa allowed only a single hit in 7.1 innings while walking 1 to pick up the win. Cuba got its only run on a Yordanis Samon sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th. That’s all Cuba needed behind Honajosa’s pitching. Raydel Isabella pitched great as well but took the loss giving up 1 run on 8 hits in 8 innings of work.

Netherlands 4, Taiwan 2

Taiwan was dealt its first loss as they dropped Wednesday nights contest to the Dutch. The Netherlands jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd with a run, then forged ahead by a score of 4-0 with 3 runs in the 4th inning. Michael Duursma and Shaldimar Daantji had RBI singles in the 4th to help the Dutch take down the surprising Taiwanese team. Diegomar Markwell went 6 innings allowing a run on 6 hits and 2 walks to pick up the victory. Wei Chung Wang was touched up for 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in 3.1 innings taking the loss.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Thursday, June 30:
14:00 Curacao – Germany
19:00 Taiwan – Cuba

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 05 01 Lost 1
Netherlands 04 02 Won 2
Cuba 03 02 Won 2
Curacao 02 04 Lost 3
Germany 00 05 Lost 5

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 6 Recap


THE NETHERLANS – Taiwan’s bats went off on Tuesday bashing out 19 runs to whip Curacao and continue their unbeaten streak. Germany dropped another game in a rain shortened match with the host Dutch team and continue in search of its first win.

Taiwan 19, Curacao 1 (7)

The second match up for these two countries was even more lopsided than the first. Taiwan jumped out with 7 runs in the 1st inning and didn’t look back from there scoring 5 in the 2nd and 6 in the 3rd. Han Lin and Wei Thing Lin both hit home runs while Yu Kin Huang and Chih Pei Huang both drove in 4 runs apiece. Quincy Martina kept Curacao from being shutout with a solo home run in the 7th inning.

Germany 1, The Netherlands 6 (6)

The game was interrupted in the first inning for 2 hours because of rain. Then rain caused the game to be called midway through the 6th inning. Leon Boyd picked up the win going 5 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. Dwayne Kemp drove in a couple runs for the Dutch. Bjoern Schonlau drove in the lone run for the German squad with a RBI single in the 5th inning.

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 05 00 Won 5
Netherlands 03 02 Won 1
Curacao 02 03 Lost 1
Cuba 02 02 Won 1
Germany 00 05 Lost 5

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 5 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS – Day 5 of the 2011 World Port Tournament saw two teams play double headers due to rain canceling a game on Saturday. Taiwan continued to run through the competition with a pair of wins, while Cuba came back in the late innings to force extra innings against Germany.

Cuba 1, Taiwan 3

Taiwan remained unbeaten with the early morning win over Cuba. This was a makeup game from Saturday that got rained out. The 4-time defending champion, and 8-time winner, is not having a great tournament as this is already its 2nd loss. Cuba got on the board early in the top of the 1st with a run. The game stayed 1-0 until the top of the 5th when Taiwan would tie it. They would eventually go ahead to stay in the top of the 7th with a single run, and they added an insurance run in the top of the 9th. Han Lin led the Taiwan offense going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Kuan Ju Chen picked up the win going the distance allowing only 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk.

Cuba 4, Germany 3 (10)

It was looking like Cuba would suffer a 2nd defeat on the day. After 6 innings, Germany led 2-0, but they couldn’t hold the lead. Cuba would fight back late in the game with a single run in the 7th, 8th, and 9th to tie it and send it to extra frames. Germany led 3-2 going into the bottom of the 9th and was 1 out away from its first victory of the tournament when Yoilan Cerce singled in the tying run. Cuba would get a single run in the 10th on an error by German shortstop Nils Hartkopf to earn the walk-off win and deny Germany of its first win. Yasel Puig led the way offensively for Cuba homering and driving in 2 runs.

Both starters pitched well but did not factor into the decision. Eugen Heilmann went 7+ innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and a walk for Germany. Misael Siverio pitched 5.2 innings for Cuba allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Duniel Ibarra picked up the win in relief.

Curacao 1, Taiwan 7

Taiwan stayed undefeated with a 7-1 victory over Curacao. The game was scoreless until the 5th inning when Curacao would get on the board on an RBI double by Andley Simmons. They would hold the lead until the 7th inning when Taiwan would get 1 run to tie it up. Taiwan would put it away in the 8th and 9th with 3 runs in each inning. Chih Pei Huang and Han Lin both went 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead Taiwan offensively.

Both starters pitched well as Chun Lin Kuo went 6 innings allowing 1 run on 8 hits and a walk for Taiwan. Jonathan Balentina went 6.2 innings allowing only 1 run on 9 hits while striking out 7. Neither factored into the decision.

 

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Tuesday, June 28:
14:00 Taiwan – Curacao
19:00 Germany – Netherlands

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 04 00 Won 2
Curacao 02 02 Won 2
Netherlands 02 02 Lost 1
Cuba 02 02 Won 1
Germany 00 04 Lost 3

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 4 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS – Cuba rebounded from a surprising defeat to Curacao to down the host Dutch team 4-1 in the first game of the day on Sunday. In game 2, Curacao continued its winning ways by sending Germany to its 3rd straight loss.

The Netherlands 1, Cuba 4

Cuba jumped out early scoring a run in the 1st and 2nd innings and never looked back. Yadier Pedroso shut down the Dutch bats going the distance allowing only 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 10. Leading 2-0 heading into the top of the 9th, Cuba extended its lead with RBI singles by Rusney Castillo and Yoilan Cerce. The Dutch team finally got to Pedroso in the 9th inning on an RBI single from Michael Duursma but that is all they would manage. Kevin Heijstek pitched well for The Netherlands going 6 innings allowing only 2 runs on 8 hits but took the loss.

Germany 1, Curacao 5

Germany continued its disappointing showing with a 5-1 loss to Curacao in game 2 on Sunday. Germany jumped out to the lead once again in the 3rd inning on a RBI single by Simon Guehring. That’s all the German squad could muster against Curacao pitching. Starter Duko Jansen went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk to earn the victory. Curacao came back in the 4th to tie the game at 1 and then took the lead in the 5th with 2 more runs. Jair Josepha drove in the run in the 4th with an RBI double.  Johannes Gregorius and Randolph Kirindongo had back to back run scoring singles in the 5th that put Curacao in the lead for good. Curacao would get 2 more runs in the 7th to put the game away.

 

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Monday, June 27:
10:00 Cuba – Taiwan
14:00 Cuba – Germany
19:00 Curacao – Taiwan

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 02 00 Won 2
Curacao 02 01 Won 2
Netherlands 02 02 Lost 1
Cuba 01 01 Won 1
Germany 00 03 Lost 3

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 3 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS – Only one game was played on Saturday due to the early match between Cuba and Taiwan getting rained out. They will make up the game early Monday morning. The game that did get played later in the day was a good one between the Dutch and Germany.

Netherlands 2, Germany 1

Germany jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a double by Florian Goetze. Unfortunately, that is all the Germans could muster against Dutch starter David Bergman. Bergman went 8 strong innings allowing the one run on six hits while striking out eight to earn the victory. Tim Henkenjohann pitched well for the German squad but took the loss going 6.2 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on seven hits and six walks while striking out 9 along the way. Vince Rooi drove in a run for the Dutch team in the 7th inning to put them up for good. Arshwin Asjes came in and pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up the save.

The win runs the host teams record to 2-1 while Germany falls to 0-2.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Sunday, June 26:
14:00 Netherlands – Cuba
19:00 Germany – Curacao

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 02 00 Won 2
Netherlands 02 01 Won 1
Curacao 01 01 Won 1
Cuba 00 01 Lost 1
Germany 00 02 Lost 2

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 2 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS – The 2011 World Port Tournament continued on Friday with a pair of good games. The first game of the day saw a surprising upset as Curacao defeated 4-time defending champion Cuba. In game 2 of the day, Taiwan continued its winning ways with a win over host The Netherlands.

Curacao 6, Cuba 4

Curacao used a 2-run 7th inning to break a 4-4 tie and upset eight-time champion Cuba. Yasel Puig had just tied the game at 4 in the top half of the inning on an RBI single for Cuba. It was a back and forth affair as Curacao went up 2-0 in the early going. Cuba bounced back with 3 runs in the 5th to take a 3-2 lead only to see Curacao score twice more in the bottom of the 5th to take a 4-3 lead. Johnny Gregorius scored 3 runs for Curacao. Ruderly Manuel gave up 4 runs (1 earned) on 10 hits and  a walk in 6.2 innings for Curacao. Gregory Gustina picked up the win for Curacao in relief.

Dalier Hinojosa started for Cuba going 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. Ismel Jimenez took the loss for Cuba. Alexander Guerrero led the way offensively driving in 2 runs for Cuba.

Taiwan 8, Netherlands 4

Taiwan continued its winning ways sending the host team The Netherlands off with a 8-4 loss. Taiwan got a run in the bottom of the 1st, but saw it quickly evaporate as the Dutch scored 4 in the top of the 2nd. Taiwan got a run in the 3rd and 4th innings to cut the lead to 4-3. They took the lead in the 6th with 2 more runs and put the game away in the 8th with 3 more. Yu Kin Huang had 3 RBI, while Kuan Wei Yang scored 3 runs for Taiwan. Dwayne Kemp drove in 2 runs for the Dutch with a double in the 2nd.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Saturday, June 25:
14:00 Cuba – Taiwan
19:00 Netherlands – Germany
Sunday, June 26:
14:00 Netherlands – Cuba
19:00 Germany – Curacao

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 02 00 Won 2
Netherlands 01 01 Lost 1
Curacao 01 01 Won 1
Germany 00 01 Lost 1
Cuba 00 01 Lost 1

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 1 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS – The 2011 World Port Tournament got off to a great start on Thursday with a pair of games. In Game 1, Germany squared off with Taiwan and The Netherlands took on Curacao in Game 2.

Germany 3, Taiwan 5

After a 30 minute rain delay, Germany started off strong leading the game 3-1 after 2 innings, but Taiwan came back with 4 runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Germany would never recover. Taiwan reliever Chun Lin Kuo came in to shut down the German offense going 7 scoreless innings in relief striking out 10 and giving up only 3 hits picking up the win. Kuan Wei Yang led the offensive attack going 4-for-5 with 2 RBI. German starter Philipp Hoffschild took the loss tossing 5.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 9 hits.

Germany will next take on The Netherlands on Saturday while Taiwan will next face The Netherlands.

The Netherlands 6, Curacao 0

The Netherlands shut out Curacao in Game 2 of the 2011 World Port Tournament. Dutch starter Rob Cordemans pitched 7 shutout innings allowing only 3 hits and striking out 7 along the way to pick up the victory.

The Dutch got on the board in the 4th when Vince Rooi tripled in the first run of the game. They added one more in the 4th and then exploded for 4 runs in the 6th inning to put the game away. Shaldimar Daantji had the big hit in the 6th inning with a 2-run single. Jonathan Balentina picked up the loss giving up 2 runs in 3.1 innings on 4 hits and 4 walks.

The Netherlands will now take on Taiwan on Friday while Curacao will face Cuba.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, June 24th
Curacao vs. Cuba
Taiwan vs. The Netherlands

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Netherlands 01 00 Won 0
Taiwan 01 00 Won 0
Cuba 00 00 Won 0
Germany 00 01 Won 0
Curacao 00 01 Won 0

 

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Germany Announces Roster for World Port Tournament


GERMANY – The German Baseball and Softball Federation (DBV) has announced a roster for the upcoming World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The international baseball tournament will get underway on June 23.

Besides Germany, other participating nations includes Cuba, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and the tournament host, the Netherlands.

The German squad is led by American manager Greg Frady who is assisted by coaches Troy Williams and Dirk Fries.

2011 GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM – WORLD PORT TOURNAMENT:

• Daniel Harms, HSV Stealers
• Nils Hartkopf, Haar Disciples
• Dominik Hartinger, Gauting Indians
• Simon Guehring, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe
• Rene Franke, Mannheim Tornados
• Sascha Lutz, Mannheim Tornados
• Jan Jacob, Bonn Capitals
• Maximilian Schmitz, Bonn Capitals
• Tim Henkenjohann, Bonn Capitals
• Cedric Bassel, Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg)
• Philipp Hoffschild, Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg)
• Christopher Howard, Buchbinder Legionaere (Regensburg)
• Dominik Wulf, Solingen Alligators
• Andre Hughes, Solingen Alligators
• Dustin Hughes, Solingen Alligators
• Jens Cornelsen, Solingen Alligators
• Florian Goetze, Solingen Alligators
• Daniel Hinz, Paderborn Untouchables
• Björn Schonlau, Paderborn Untouchables
• Michael Franke, Paderborn Untouchables
• Eugen Heilmann, Paderborn Untouchables
• Octavio Medina, Paderborn Untouchables
• Julius Uelschen, Paderborn Untouchables
• Sascha Brockmeyer, Paderborn Untouchables

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The Netherlands: Dutch Baseball Names Roster for 2011 World Port Tournament


THE NETHERLANDS – The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) has announced the roster for the 2011 World Port Tournament. The event will be played from June 23 to July 2 at the Family Stadium in Rotterdam.

Joining the Netherlands at the 10-day international baseball tournament is Germany, Cuba, Curacao and Taiwan.

The Dutch squad will be led by American manager Brian Farley and 17 of the 24 players hail from DOOR Neptunus (10) and L&D Amsterdam (7). The Netherlands will use the tourney in preparation for the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama this coming October.

DUTCH NATIONAL TEAM – WORLD PORT TOURNAMENT

Catchers:
Sidney de Jong (L&D Amsterdam) and Bas Nooij (L&D Amsterdam)

Infielders:
Jeffrey Arends (DOOR Neptunus), Michael Duursma (Vaessen Pioneers), Bryan Engelhardt (Corendon Kinheim), Roeland Henrique (L&D Amsterdam), Raily Legito (DOOR Neptunus), Dwayne Kemp (DOOR Neptunus), Vince Rooi (L&D Amsterdam)

Outfielders:
Shaldimar Daantji (DOOR Neptunus), Bas de Jong (L&D Amsterdam), Eugene Kingsale (DOOR Neptunus), Danny Rombley (UVV)

Pitchers:
Arshwin Asjes (DOOR Neptunus), David Bergman (Corendon Kinheim), Leon Boyd (Burnaby Bulldogs, Canada), Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam), Berry van Driel (DOOR Neptunus), Kevin Heijstek (DOOR Neptunus), Jurrian Koks (L&D Amsterdam), Diegomar Markwell (DOOR Neptunus), Nick Stuifbergen (Corendon Kinheim), Nick Veltkamp (Corendon Kinheim), and Orlando Yntema (UVV)

Coaching Staff:
Brian Farley (Manager), Steve Janssen (Pitching Coach), Wim Martinus (Asst. Coach), Tjerk Smeets (Asst. Coach), Ben Thijssen (Asst. Coach)

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Cuba Wins World Port Tournament


THE NETHERLANDS – Seasoned veterans Eriel Sanchez and Ariel Borrero provided the offensive muscle, and promising southpaw Maikel Folch continued to shine as Cuba broke open a close game with five late scores to capture thier fourth consecutive World Port Tournament championship with a 9-3 win over the host Dutch Sunday in Rotterdam.

Sánchez, the Sancti Spíritus backstop who was left off the World Baseball Classic roster this past spring, drilled a two-run shot in the fifth to give Cuba a brief 3-2 lead. His counterpart, L&D Amsterdam’s Sidney de Jong, retaliated with a two-run dinger the following inning to knot the score at 3-all.

Guantánamo veteran infielder Giorvis Duvergel, competing in perhaps his last international tournament, put the Cubans on top for good with an RBI hit in the bottom of the sixth. The Big Red Machine roughed up Corendon Kinheim closer Michiel van Kampen for six hits and three runs en route to the title-clinching victory.

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Cuba
2. Netherlands
3. Taiwan
4. Japan

Villa Clara’s veteran first baseman Ariel Borrero, who was also a WBC snub after playing in the inaugural event, tallied two runs and a pair of RBIs with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate.

Folch finished off a sparkling performance in Rotterdam allowing just a lone hit in four scoreless frames to earn the win. The Ciego de Avila left-hander also bagged the Best Pitcher Award with a 0.00 ERA in 18 innings.

Ciego de Avila’s Yoelvis Fiss was named the Most Valuable Player after hitting .428 (15-for-35) with two homers and 12 RBIs, and teammate Adonis García went 15-for-30 (.500) during the tournament to claim the Best Hitter Award.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Yoelvis Fiss, Cuba

BEST HITTER
Adonis Garcia, Cuba

BEST PITCHER
Maikel Folch, Cuba

ROOKIE AWARD
Nick Urbanus, Netherlands

DONALD BAX PRESS AWARD
Bas de Jong, Netherlands

MOST POPULAR PLAYER
Nick Urbanus, Netherlands

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Cuba Stays Perfect At World Port Tournament


THE NETHERLANDS – Miguel Alfredo González continued his dazzling performance at the 2009 World Port Tournament with another impressive outing and Cuba stayed on course for their fourth consecutive tournament title with a 10-0 triumph against Japan Wednesday in Rotterdam.

González (2-0), who tossed five innings of no-hit ball against the Dutch last Thursday in a two-hit outing over six frames, limited a youthful Japanese squad to just a lone hit. The La Habana right-hander racked up five strikeouts in five innings to nab his second win of the tournament.

Cuba plated all the runs it would need in a three-run third, and chased Japan starter Takehiko Tsuji with six scores in the sixth to remain unbeaten with a 5-0 record.

THURSDAY, JULY 9
Cuba vs. Taiwan (DH)
Netherlands vs. Japan

Villa Clara outfielder Leonys Martín drove in four runs with a double and home run, while Ciego de Ávila’s Adonis Garcia finished with three RBIs.

Yadier Pedroso, who also pitches for the La Habana Cowboys in the Cuban League, worked the final two innings with four strikeouts to seal the blowout victory.

DUTCH SQUEAKS PAST TAIWAN

Diegomar Markwell tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Dutch National Team edged Taiwan 2-1 to win their second game in four outing at the international tournament on their home soil.

The 28-year-old DOOR Neptunus left-hander, who pitched for seven years in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system, struck out seven as American skipper Rod Delmonico’s squad got another dominant start from their starting pitcher. Sparta/Feyenoord right-hander Rob Cordemans allowed just one hit in seven shutout innings in an 8-0 win over Japan on Monday.

The Dutch tagged Taiwan starter Chih-Lung Huang for an early score. Raily Legito, who also plays for DOOR Neptunus and is currently hitting .369 in the Dutch League, put the Orange and Black ahead 1-0 with an RBI single.

L&D Amsterdam’s Zaïr Koeiman, who is the second-leading hitter in the Netherlands with a .384 batting average, stole home in the fifth to make the score 2-0.

The Taiwanese foiled the shutout in the ninth on Hsin-Min Wang’s run-scoring hit. However, Ming-Jen Kuo flied out the end the game.

STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 05 00
Taiwan 02 03
Japan 02 04
Dutch 02 04

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Taiwan Ties Cuba At World Port Tournament


THE NETHERLANDS – Taiwan foiled Cuba’s bid for a perfect run at the 2009 World Port Tournament with a 1-1 tie in the front end of a doubleheader on Thursday morning. However, the three-time defending tournament champion rallied for three late scores to win the second game, 5-4.

The Taiwanese went ahead with an ugly two-out rally in the the third to break a scoreless tie in a make-up game of Tuesday’s rained out contest. But Cuba pulled even in the sixth when Yoelvis Fiss drove in Leonys Martin with a two-out single to make the score 1-1.

FRIDAY, JULY 10
Japan vs. Taiwan
Netherlands vs. Cuba

Maikel Folch, whose throwing error allowed Chih-Hsiang Lin to cross the plate with Taiwan’s lone run, allowed a walk and four hits in seven strong innings. Vladimir García collected the final six outs to help Cuba remain unbeaten at 6-0-1.

Taiwan starter Wen-Yang Liao, who gave up three hits over four shutout frames, combined with two relievers to limit the potent Cuban bats to just six hits.

CUBANS EDGE TAIWAN IN TWINBILL FINALE

Cuba climbed out of a 4-2 hole with three late scores to beat Taiwan 5-4 Thursday in Rotterdam.

Taiwan grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth before the Cuba answered back the following inning with a bases-loaded walk and an RBI sacrifice fly by Fiss to go on top, 2-1, in a low-scoring duel. Then the game turned a little wacky.

Cuban starter Freddy Asiel, who coasted through the first seven innings, was sent packing in the eighth. Taiwan pulled even on a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch which prompted Cuban skipper Roger Machado to replace Asiel with Miguel Lahera. But the situation for the mighty Big Red Machine went from bad to worse.

TOP HITTERS
.520 – Adonis García (Cuba)
.500 – Yoelvis Fiss (Cuba)
.450 – Bas de Jong (Netherlands)
.409 – Eriel Sánchez (Cuba)
.393 – Eugene Kingsale (Netherlands)
.375 – Bryan Englehardt (Netherlands)
.370 – Sydney de Jong (Netherlands)
.364 – Ariel Borrero (Cuba)
.294 – Yukinori Osonoi (Japan)

Lahera proceeded to move both runners into scoring position with a balk, and then surrendered a two-run hit to Chung-Chun Wu to give the Taiwanese their first lead of the game.

Cuba responded with a trio of runs an inning later. Eriel Sánchez doubled home a pair of runs to tie the game, and then scored the deciding run on Giorvis Duvergel’s game-winning hit.

DUTCH WINS THIRD STRAIGHT GAME

Sidney de Jong capped a two-run rally in the ninth with a game-winning RBI single and the Dutch National Team captured their third straight victory with a 4-3 comeback win against Japan on Thursday night.

Japan, which was outhit 11-5, took a 1-0 lead in the third off Dutch starter David Bergman, and tagged the Corendon Kinheim ace for two scores in the seventh on Ken Hinomoto’s two-run double to grab the lead again, 3-1. But the Dutch added three runs over the final two frames to steal the win.

STANDINGS

Team Won Lost Tie
Cuba 06 00 01
Dutch 03 04 00
Taiwan 02 04 01
Japan 02 05 00

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Dutch Beat Japan At World Port Tournament


THE NETHERLANDS – Rob Cordemans handcuffed Japan for seven dominant innings and the Dutch National Team rolled to an 8-0 win Monday at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam.

The Sparta/Feyenoord right-hander held the Japanese hitless for 6 1/3 innings to help the Dutch snap a four-game losing skid at this year’s tourney. Cordemans, 34, walked one and struck out six while limiting Japan to a lone single in a more than impressive outing to earn the win.

The Dutch (1-4) raced to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening frame, and stretched the lead to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the fifth. American coach Rod Delmonico watched his team tally three more scores the following inning to deal Japan (2-3) their third loss in five games.

Corendon Kinheim slugger Bryan Engelhardt, who currently leads the Dutch Major League with six homers, went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to ignite the Orange and Black 16-hit attack. L&D Amsterdam outfielder Bas de Jong drove in a pair of runs with two doubles.

Unbeaten Cuba (4-0) will meet Taiwan (2-2) in the lone tournament matchup slated for Tuesday.

STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 04 00
Taiwan 02 02
Japan 02 03
Dutch 01 04

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Cuba Stops Dutch At World Port Tournament


THE NETHERLANDS – Adonis Garcia had four hits and Yoelvis Fiss homered to help Cuba keep the Dutch National Team winless at the World Port Tournament with a 10-6 victory this past Sunday in Rotterdam.

The Ciego de Ávila Tigers’ teammates combined for seven hits as the three-time defending WPT champion erased an early 1-0 deficit with four first-inning scores off Dutch starter Joey Eijpe. Veteran Santiago de Cuba catcher Rolando Meriño crossed the plate three times as coach Roger Machado’s unbeaten squad tagged the Mr. Cocker HCAW left-hander for nine runs.

L&D Amsterdam outfielder Bas de Jong led the Dutch at the plate with a 5-for-5 effort.

Santiago de Cuba right-hander Yaumier Sánchez, who worked five effective innings, allowed two runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts to get the win.

JAPAN SILENCES TAIWAN

Kyohei Kondoh hit an early home run and Nobuyuki Tanaka tossed five shutout innings as Japan beat Taiwan 6-1 to claim their second tournament win in four games.

Kondoh went deep off Taiwanese starter Yu-Ching Lin in the second. and teammates Wataru Hiyane and Ryosuke Katsumi added run-scoring singles in the same frame to give Japan a 3-0 lead en route to the easy victory.

Tanaka limited Taiwan to just a walk and three hits in five impressive innings to register the win.

Lin was dealt the setback after surrendering four runs and seven hits in only four innings of work.

Japan will meet the Dutch National Team in the lone matchup scheduled for Monday.

STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 04 00
Taiwan 02 02
Japan 02 02
Dutch 00 04

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