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MLB Playoffs: Judge, Verlander fasten fray while 8 teams remain

MLB Playoffs: Judge, Verlander fasten fray while 8 teams remain

Major League Baseball's earliest foray into a best-of-three wild-card circular provided its part of memorable moments.

A 15-inning, 432-pitch game. A seven-run comeback win. Joe Musgrove's ears.

Now it's on to the dividing series, which is labour while usual accompanied by a best-of-five format. The quartet matchups are Braves-Phillies, Padres-Dodgers, Mariners-Astros accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Guardians-Yankees accompanied by every one one other accompanied by all of them begin Tuesday.

The Astros, Yankees, Braves accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Dodgers got to relax accompanied by every one one other accompanied by watch the wild-card drama circular from home, gratitude to higher-ranking constant hour dated records. Now they'll convey their own storylines to the postseason stage.

Rested Yankees slugger Aaron Judge — who place the AL record accompanied by 62 homers this hour dated — gets his chance to swat postseason dingers. Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Astros convey their ample postseason experience to the mix.

The Dodgers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by their loaded lineup of Mookie Betts, Trea Turner accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Freddie Freeman lay clasp of the field. Then there's the defending World Series champion Braves, who rallied to go nearer earliest inside the NL East inside the final days of the constant hour dated accompanied by every one one other accompanied by look formidable on one instance again.

Some of the game's biggest stars are by that hour dated headed place of residence following the wild-card round: Max Scherzer, Pete Alonso accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Mets are gone following a 101-win season. The feel-good tale of Cardinals former soldierold hand stars Albert Pujols accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Yadier Molina is over partly since of a leaky bullpen. The Blue Jays accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. were bounced by a stunning Mariners comeback.

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After the dividing series wrap up, the alliance championship series accompanied by every one one other accompanied by World Series will exist inside a best-of-seven format. The LCS is scheduled to begin on Oct. 18 while the World Series starts Oct. 28.

HOW WAS THE NEW WILD CARD FORMAT?

MLB's switch to a bulked-up, 12-team bracket accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a best-of-three wild-card circular — while an different of the one-game, sudden demise format that had been inside place since 2012 — seemed to provide the stability the (competitive) game(s) was seeking.

"It's certainly interesting," Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber said. "You know, I exist convinced by it's good for teams that we tin obtain additional teams inside there, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by guys are going to exist battling all over the whole year. It's not fair that do-or-die. But still, it's excessively a circular of urgency, too, since it's place of set of two wins accompanied by every one one other accompanied by you're on to the following round.

"So there's a sensory ability of urgency inside every one one single game, which I exist convinced by is really good."

The Guardians were one of the teams that didn't need trio games inside the wild-card circular to advance, sweeping the Rays accompanied by place of set of two wins. But flat following winning the earliest game, Guardians administrative Terry Francona seemed pleased accompanied by the new format.

"I exist convinced by it's good. I exist convinced by it's better," Francona said. "I exist convinced by it's a additional correct outcome. But at that hour dated again, it ability exist sore us. I hope it doesn't. Just think: you amuse oneself 162 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by at that hour dated you amuse oneself one accompanied by every one one other accompanied by go home. That's rough. I exist convinced by this is good for the fans. I exist convinced by it's a better measure inside competitive stability than a one-game play-in."

WHY DID THE PLAYOFFS START LATE?

October's postseason festivities will bleed into November earlier to a champion is crowned.

That's mostly since of the sport's labour strife that resulted inside a labour stoppage over the winter. It delayed the beginning of leap training accompanied by every one one other accompanied by pushed the constant hour dated spine concerning a week. Baseball players accompanied by every one one other accompanied by owners salvaged the usual 162-game season, nevertheless to do that, they had to go opening day from March 31 to April 7.

Some of the games originally scheduled for the earliest week of the hour dated were moved to the end, meaning a hour dated that was originally scheduled to extremity on Oct. 2 while an different ended on Oct. 5.

WHO ARE THE FAVORITES?

Great question.

The Dodgers have been presiding all hour dated accompanied by a lineup that includes Betts, Turner accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Freeman. They won 111 games for one of the finest seasons inside franchise history.

Over inside the American League, the Houston Astros topped 100 wins while well. They've got a loaded lineup that includes Altuve, Alex Bregman accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Yordan Alvarez, down accompanied by Verlander, the potential AL Cy Young winner.

The Yankees were cruising for a a large amount of of the hour dated — led by Judge's enormous year — nevertheless haven't played while well since the All-Star break.

Then there's the defending World Series champion Braves, who still have a loaded lineup that includes Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson, Michael Harris, Matt Olson accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ronald Acuña Jr.

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AP Sports Writers Dave Skretta inside St. Louis accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Tom Withers inside Cleveland contributed to this report.

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Watching \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/musgrove-ear-check-sticky-showalter-5cb0a1242ac861c47483e30754d45d9d\">Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove\u003c/a> getting his ears checked for unlawful substances by the umpire, "it got a little louder inside the room," Freeman said, smiling.\u003c/p>\u003cp>BOLSTERING THE RANKS\u003c/p>\u003cp>San Diego \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/juan-soto-trade-san-diego-padres-mlb-eric-hosmer-05aa1571b95e36c45284fa7fe56f3491\">got better at the commerce deadline\u003c/a> by adding closer Josh Hader accompanied by every one one other accompanied by two-time All-Star Juan Soto, who was a teammate of contemporaneous Dodger Trea Turner on the Washington Nationals. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Soto was 10-for-58 accompanied by trio RBI opposed to the Dodgers all over the season. He drew 17 walks opposed to their pitching.\u003c/p>\u003cp>The Dodgers signed Freeman inside March, adding insulting punch to an by that hour dated potent lineup. Freeman hit .325 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by finished .001 points behind the Mets' Jeff McNeil for the NL batting title.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Freeman's numbers opposed to the Padres this hour dated were outstanding. He had a .986 OPS accompanied by every one one other accompanied by .343 batting signify while notching 17 RBI inside his 19 games opposed to them.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Freeman credits his team's ability to labour pitchers for their insulting success.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Even if you hurl five shutout innings opposed to us, you're going to exist 100 pitches, normally 105 pitches accompanied by every one one other accompanied by you're out," he said, "and at that hour dated you are going to inquire quartet relievers to exist on their A-game while well. That's a extremely tall position of position of employment to do."\u003c/p>\u003cp>ALMOST LIKE HOME\u003c/p>\u003cp>The last hour dated the Padres were inside \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/2a14acd38e56ffde75bed56e1af0e89d\">the playoffs\u003c/a> inside a filled hour dated inside front of fans inside 2006, Roberts was their leadoff hitter accompanied by every one one other accompanied by left-hand fielder. He'll exist intelligent to nap inside his own couch all over the NLDS since he lives inside the San Diego area.\u003c/p>\u003cp>GAME 2 STARTERS\u003c/p>\u003cp>Right-hander Yu Darvish, a 16-game winner, starts for the Padres inside Game 2 on Wednesday opposed to left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' three-time Cy Young Award winner. By using Urías inside Game 1, he would exist place up to begin a winner-take-all Game 5, if needed. "This arguably will exist our deepest 13-man pitching staff," Andrew Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations, said recently. \u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>BUEHLER'S NIGHT OUT\u003c/p>\u003cp>Walker Buehler will exist on the mound for Game 2 on Wednesday — to toss not here the ceremonial earliest pitch. The two-time All-Star who helped the Dodgers go nearer earliest inside the 2020 World Series had his following career Tommy John surgery inside August. He's not expected spine until the 2024 season. 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"So hopefully we tin feed off that, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by fair try to convey on accompanied by to pitch exist fond of I have all season."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Verlander's last postseason appearance came on Oct. 29, 2019, when he allowed five hits accompanied by every one one other accompanied by trio runs inside five innings of a mislaying to Washington inside Game 6 of the World Series. Tuesday will exist his 31st playoff begin accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 32nd appearance inside his 20th playoff series. \u003c/p>\u003cp>"Unbelievable Hall of Fame-type career, on top of his game, maybe better than he's at some hour dated been most recently," Seattle administrative Scott Servais said. "We certainly have seen him a a large amount into with every one other accompanied by not here of the years, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by he's not slowing down, unfortunately for us." \u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>The 39-year-old Verlander led the AL accompanied by 18 wins, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his MLB-leading 1.75 ERA is the lowest for an AL certified pitcher inside a filled hour dated since Pedro Martinez's 1.74 ERA inside 2000. \u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='afs:Card:749025547763' class='hub-peek-embed' content-id='cc377f018ae032042a77e4cce941632e'>Hub peek embed (MLB) - Compressed layout (automatic embed) \u003c/div>\u003cp>The two-time Cy Young Award winner's ERA excessively was the lowest of his career, besting his 2.40 ERA inside 2011, when he won his earliest Cy Young accompanied by every one one other accompanied by was excessively voted AL MVP while accompanied by Detroit.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Verlander, who excessively won a Cy Young inside 2019, is a top candidate to go nearer earliest inside the award for a third hour dated this hour dated following returning to form following his injury. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Veteran following baseman Jose Altuve said Verlander's return gives the Astros a boost while they try to return to the World Series for the fourth hour dated inside sextet seasons accompanied by every one one other accompanied by stretch not here their sixth consecutive ALCS.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"He's fair amazing the way he pitched, the way he came spine from injury," Altuve said. "He's the fair guy to have not here there inside Game 1… (and) we all know he's going to go not here there accompanied by every one one other accompanied by exist him."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Verlander was great opposed to the Mariners inside the constant season, going 5-1 accompanied by a 2.34 ERA inside sextet starts. He believes this series will exist interesting since the AL West foes know every one one other so "intimately." \u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Houston had the advantage inside the constant season, winning 12 of 19 games. \u003c/p>\u003cp>The Mariners state-of-the-art to the ALDS following \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/mlb-sports-baseball-toronto-canada-90b0e4a39f29bfebf1f7da41cb5a7bcc\">rallying from a seven-run deficit\u003c/a> inside Game 2 of the wild-card circular to sweep the Blue Jays. That victory was the biggest main highway comeback go nearer earliest inside inside playoff history accompanied by every one one other accompanied by baseball's largest comeback victory to clinch a postseason series.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Their lineup is really good," Verlander said. "They never inside attendance accompanied by in, while you saw inside the series opposed to Toronto. They grind not here at-bats. They don't build it easy.\"\u003c/p>\u003cp>The Mariners will labour external outside accompanied by Logan Gilbert, who will build his earliest postseason start, while they convey on accompanied by their earliest playoff sprint since 2001 accompanied by ace \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/mlb-sports-toronto-seattle-mariners-blue-jays-c2747cf73fbd17eb0325a7db2d1a7224\">Luis Castillo unavailable following starting the earliest game of the wild-card series on Friday\u003c/a>. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Gilbert was firm opposed to the Astros inside quartet starts this season, going 2-1 accompanied by a 2.52 ERA.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"I've watched these games since I was little," Gilbert said. "I grew up dreaming concerning playing inside these games accompanied by every one one other accompanied by now we are here."\u003c/p>\u003cp>ROOKIE RODRIGUEZ\u003c/p>\u003cp>Seattle center fielder Julio Rodríguez is off to a slow begin inside the postseason following a dazzling constant hour dated that made him the frontrunner for AL Rookie of the Year.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Rodríguez hit .284 accompanied by 28 homers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 25 stolen bases inside the constant season, nevertheless has fair one hit inside the playoffs. \u003c/p>\u003cp>He was hit twice, singled accompanied by every one one other accompanied by scored place of set of two runs inside Game 1 opposed to Toronto earlier to going 0 for 4 inside the following game. The 21-year-old hasn't had a a large amount of favourable consequence opposed to the Astros, hitting .218 accompanied by place of set of two homers, place of set of two doubles, sextet RBIs accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 19 strikeouts inside 15 games. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Servais is optimistic that Rodríguez will build an impact this October since of the strides he's made all over this season. \u003c/p>\u003cp>"His ability to build adjustments inside game is outstanding," Servais said. "He understands what they're doing to him inside the batter's carton accompanied by every one one other accompanied by how he needs to maybe build an adaptation to obtain the consequence he's looking for. But above accompanied by every one one other accompanied by on the a lengthy way side of that is his preparation accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his procedure when he gets to the ballpark every one one day." \u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>FILLING CORREA'S SHOES\u003c/p>\u003cp>With Houston playoff staple shortstop Carlos Correa gone to Minnesota inside lacking ask in remittance agency, the Astros will look to rookie Jeremy Peña to convey on accompanied by his strong hour dated inside the postseason.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Peña hit .289 accompanied by 22 homers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 63 RBIs this hour dated following taking over for Correa, who starred at shortstop inside Houston for the foregoing septet years. Correa embraced the spotlight maybe additional than some Astro inside recent history, piling up 18 homers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 59 RBIs inside 79 career playoff games.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Though Peña understands that comparisons will exist made, he's focused on actuality himself accompanied by every one one other accompanied by not worried concerning trying to become filled Correa's shoes.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"It's never been concerning that," he said. "It's fair been concerning me making a imagination go nearer true. This is something I've been employed for my whole life."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Altuve has been impressed accompanied by Peña's evolution this hour dated accompanied by every one one other accompanied by believes he's prepared for the bright lights of the playoffs.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"He wants more," Altuve said. "He wants to learn. He wants to obtain better. For me, that's all that matters. I know he's going to go not here there accompanied by every one one other accompanied by inside attendance accompanied by every one thing he has accompanied by every one one other accompanied by he's going to assist us to go nearer earliest inside some games."\u003c/p>\u003cp>RALLY RALEIGH\u003c/p>\u003cp>Catcher Cal Raleigh has led the Mariners to some large wins inside the last place of set of two weeks. \u003c/p>\u003cp>It was his walk-off homer accompanied by place of set of two outs inside the ninth inning that propelled them to a 2-1 go nearer earliest inside over Oakland on Sept. 30 to clinch a postseason berth.\u003c/p>\u003cp>He kept his heated hitting going inside Game 1 opposed to Toronto accompanied by a place of residence run. He added another large hit when he doubled inside the ninth inning accompanied by every one one other accompanied by scored the winning sprint inside Game 2 to lid Seattle's enormous comeback. \u003c/p>\u003cp>Raleigh's recent favourable consequence has go nearer inside malice of his playing into with every one other accompanied by not here of an wound to his left-hand thumb. \u003c/p>\u003cp>THEY SAID IT\u003c/p>\u003cp>Houston administrative Dusty Baker on how the Astros' six-day layoff since their last regular-season game will affect them: "We don't know if (there will be) rust actuality off that long, we won't know until we obtain into it." \u003c/p>\u003cp>Seattle following baseman Adam Frazier hopes Houston's layoff benefits his team.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"They have been sitting at place of residence for a week, so I'm sure they're be in touch fresh, nevertheless at the same time, timing may exist a little off," he said. 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At the extremity of the day it's noise. Nothing we're not used to," Straw said Monday. "It's playoff baseball. It's supposed to exist loud."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Straw jawed accompanied by the spectator following teammate Oscar Mercado pointed not here a air cooler celebrating an wound to rookie left-hand fielder Steven Kwan. Straw said for a hour dated he was harassed online.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"They'll dispatch demise threats accompanied by every one one other accompanied by all kinds of stuff nevertheless people obtain that inside all kinds of sports," he said. "So I fair try to not look at stuff exist fond of that, not permit it interrupt me."\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>Winner of the best-of-five series will face defending AL champion Houston or Seattle for the AL pennant.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Yankee Stadium will exist hosting its earliest postseason game since 2019. \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/mlb-new-york-tampa-bay-rays-new-york-yankees-brad-hand-cc15548aa1d98d7f0ac70d8ee8527757\">New York swept place of set of two games at Cleveland inside 2020\u003c/a>, \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/mlb-new-york-tampa-bay-rays-new-york-yankees-san-diego-b956481156ad47df3256b440b8e3b027\">then was knocked not here by Tampa Bay inside a neutral-site series inside San Diego\u003c/a>. Last year, \u003ca href=\"https://www.mlb.com/video/judge-s-62nd-homer-sets-al-mark\">the Yankees lost the wild-card game at Boston\u003c/a>.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv id='afs:Card:749025547763' class='hub-peek-embed' content-id='c8474daa889fac66468d5c1ae75c4c0c'>Hub peek embed (MLB) - Compressed layout (automatic embed) \u003c/div>\u003cp>In addition to the familiar short porch inside right, the Yankees count on rabid rooters who helped them to a 57-24 place of residence record, tied for finest inside the majors.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"Man, it's heaven,\" Aaron Judge said. "I obtain the jitters. The intros, running not here on that line, the crowd cheering, the whole crisp, cool air. There's nothing exist fond of it. You can't hear the Roll Call — flat when I'm inside fair field, accompanied by the Bleacher Creatures, I tin hardly hear what they are saying."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Even Cleveland administrative Terry Francona admires the atmosphere.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"That's small part of the pleasure of actuality here," said Francona, familiar accompanied by the Bronx ability from his days accompanied by the competitor Red Sox. "It's not exist fond of maybe the elderly Yankee Stadium. But shoot, inside the elderly stadium, you almost wore it while exist fond of a badge of honor."\u003c/p>\u003cp>After hitting place of set of two homers inside his last 14 games nevertheless \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/aaron-judge-62-yankees-02ddf46f7149dccda2649eae93800edf\">setting an AL record\u003c/a> accompanied by \u003ca href=\"https://www.mlb.com/video/judge-s-62nd-homer-sets-al-mark\">No. 62 on the constant season's next-to-last day\u003c/a>, Judge starts the postseason accompanied by his stats reset.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>\"I'm relieved that it's over accompanied by so that we tin type of go spine to focusing on playing the game accompanied by every one one other accompanied by winning a ballgame,\" Judge said. "It was a little strange there for awhile, every one one hour dated you step up to the plate, people are expecting to you hit a place of residence run. And every one one hour dated I step up there, I'm trying to do what I tin to assist the team win.\"\u003c/p>\u003cp>This is a small part of a David vs. Goliath matchup, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by not fair since Judge is 6-foot-7. \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/mlb-sports-new-york-mets-los-angeles-dodgers-b569615bda417fa3665858841d1e5a0b\">New York is third accompanied by a $254 million payroll accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Cleveland 27th at $60 million\u003c/a>. The Indians had the youngest number of years of both batters (25.9 years) accompanied by every one one other accompanied by pitchers (26.3) all over the constant season, according to baseballreference.com.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Gerrit Cole (13-8) starts the opener for the AL East champion Yankees, who had a first-round bye. Cal Quantrill (15-5) takes the mound for the AL Central champion Guardians, who \u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/longest-mlb-postseason-game-Guardians-766b15ed4a81716efd43ae3917fb4684\">swept place of set of two games from the Rays last weekend\u003c/a> inside the wild-card circular accompanied by every one one other accompanied by are 26-6 since Sept. 5.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>\u003ca href=\"https://apnews.com/article/mlb-sports-new-york-yankees-kyle-schwarber-aaron-boone-638d08bf17e8db7376d2644fdaa1ee37\">Cole lost last year's wild-card game at Fenway Park\u003c/a> accompanied by every one one other accompanied by will exist making his earliest place of residence postseason begin for the Yankees. He led the AL accompanied by 33 place of residence runs allowed — 55 of 81 runs off him were driven inside by lengthy balls, including septet three-run homers.\u003c/p>\u003cp>He oddly shifts to a royal "we" at times when discussing his outings.\u003c/p>\u003cp>"I exist convinced by we've thrown the sphere really well lately, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by our procedure has been crisp in-between inside identifying what we need to do better based on successes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by failures," he said.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Quantrill is 11-0 accompanied by a 2.95 ERA inside 17 starts since a July 5 mislaying at Detroit. His dad, Paul, pitched for the 2004 Yankees accompanied by every one one other accompanied by surrendered a game-ending homer to David Ortiz inside the 12th inning of Game 4 of the AL Championship Series while Boston began its unprecedented rebound from a trio games to none deficit.\u003c/p>\u003cdiv class=\"ad-placeholder\" data='autoembed'>\u003c/div>\u003cp>"I have some attractive cool memories from when he was playing here," said Cal, who was 9 at the time. "That was attractive a a large amount of a Hall of Fame lineup that they were rolling not here every one one day."\u003c/p>\u003cp>Cleveland will exist lost right-handed reliever Nick Sandlin, who strained his pitching lay clasp of on all over the 10th inning of Saturday's 15-inning win. The Guardians excessively scheme to add right-hander Aaron Civale accompanied by every one one other accompanied by rookie Cody Morris accompanied by every one one other accompanied by permit let fall left-hander Kirk McCarty.\u003c/p>\u003cp>Cleveland had hoped to add 34-year-old righty Bryan Shaw, who was designated for position of employment on Oct. 1 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by assigned outright to Triple-A Columbus place of set of two days later. But 15 days must elapse earlier to he tin exist restored to the large alliance roster.\u003c/p>\u003cp>New York intends to have only 12 pitchers on its 26-man roster since of the uncommon schedule, which has off days following both Games 1 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 2. 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