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Mariners Sign First Round Draft Pick Kyle Lewis

Lewis-1Welcome to Seattle, Kyle Lewis.

Just after 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners selected Lewis, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound outfielder from Mercer University, with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Less than 48 hours later, Lewis was at Safeco Field to sign his contract and join the Mariners for batting practice prior to their game vs. the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

“We are thrilled to have Kyle in the organization,” Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara said at this afternoon’s news conference. “We’re looking forward to seeing him play and be a part of the Mariners organization and the community.”

After signing his contract, Lewis spent some time in the Mariners clubhouse before taking the field for batting practice.

“It was unbelievable,” Lewis said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life, being able to walk into the clubhouse, meet the guys and be around them… Everybody was welcoming. So for me, it was just an unbelievable experience.”

In his recently-completed junior season at Mercer, Lewis hit .395 (88×223) with 20 home runs and 72 RBI, earning Baseball America’s College Player of the Year award. Lewis was 2nd in the nation with a program-record 66 walks and ranked 15th nationally in batting (.395), 5th in on-base percentage (.535) and tied-for-4th in runs (70).

A native of Snelville, GA., Lewis is eager to begin his professional career with the Mariners.

“I have a lot of confidence in my ability and what I’m able to bring to the team,” Lewis said. “I can’t wait to get working and get it going.”

Lewis didn’t have to wait long to step into the cage and take some cuts at Safeco Field.

Area scout John Wiedenbauer spent much of the spring watching Lewis dominate the Southern Conference for Mercer. In addition to posting 33 extra-base hits (11 doubles, 2 triples and 20 home runs), Lewis compiled a 48-game on-base streak and tallied 27 multi-hit games this season.

“It seemed like every game I went to go see him, it seemed like he was hitting the ball out of the park,” said Wiedenbauer, who scouted and signed Lewis. “We were pretty excited about him all year.”

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Mariners Gameday Information – June 11 vs. Rangers

Game InformationGame #62 (6/11): Rangers (37-24) vs. Mariners (34-27) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Colby Lewis (5-0, 3.20) vs. LHP James Paxton (0-2, 3.72)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

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06.11 Lineup TEX-SEA

Mariners All-Access from ROOT SPORTS

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This week on Mariners All-Access from ROOT SPORTS, we take advantage of the upcoming Eastern road trip to talk to the guys about some of their experiences in Boston and Detroit.

 

  • Canó home run pace – Robinson Canó is having a career year at the plate and is on a scorching home run pace. Right now, he’s among the tops in offense in the American League, right up there with Boston’s David Ortiz.
  • Ortiz Final Season – Speaking of Big Papi, he announced this is the final year of his Big League career. Mariners players share their thoughts on his Hall of Fame career, including Steve Cishek, who grew up in Massachusetts, and Wade Miley, who was his Red Sox teammate last season.
  • Fenway Aura – The historic ballpark itself is one of the more awe-inspiring places in the game, which makes the Big League debuts of Adam Lind and Leonys Martin, both at the venerable old park, even more memorable.
  • Pitching Mechanics – Joaquin Benoit explains how he throws his fastball.
  • Persistence – Benoit rebounded from an injury early this season but that’s nothing compared to his comeback following shoulder surgery earlier in his career. A look at how his persistence paid off.
  • Hampton’s Debut – The trip to Detroit is a homecoming of sorts for Benoit who pitched for the Tigers for three seasons. And it will be a trip down memory lane for Mike Hampton, Mariners Bullpen Coach, who made his big league debut in Detroit for Lou Piniella.
  • Cape Cod League – It’s the most prestigious summer league in the country and a handful of the Mariners share their memories of playing in the league and give insight on what makes it so special.
  • Coaches on Griffey – Tim Bogar, Mariners Bench Coach, and Casey Candaele, First Base Coach, reflect on the remarkable career of Ken Griffey Jr. as we continue our Countdown to Cooperstown.
  • High Speed Review – And we take a look back at the week that was with the quick review of the best highlights and interviews.

 

Mariners All Access airs:

  • Sunday at noon, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday at noon

 

Mariners Gameday Information – June 10 vs. Rangers

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Game #60 (6/10): Indians (37-23) vs. Mariners (33-27) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Derek Holland (5-4, 4.53) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-5, 4.13)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

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2016 MLB Draft: Day 2 – Live Blog

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On the first day of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft yesterday, the Mariners selected OF Kyle Lewis from Mercer University with the 11th overall pick and INF Joe Rizzo out of Oakton High School (Oak Hill, VA) with the 50th overall selection.

Stay up-to-date with all of the Mariners selections in rounds 3-10 on Day 2 of the draft with our live blog.

10th Round | 297th Overall

David Greer| INF | Arizona State | Junior
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 209
Born: 7/4/95 | Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Infielder David Greer was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round (297th overall) out of Arizona State University. As a junior in 2016, Greer hit .344 (77×224) with 49 runs, 23 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 43 RBI, 38 walks and 4 stolen bases. Greer earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors in 2016. Greer was also named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team this season. On March 6 Greer made his first career appearance on the mound vs. Eastern Michigan and finished the season with a record of 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA (2 ER, 2.1 IP) in 3 games. Greer led the Sun Devils to a 2-1 win in 14 innings at Cal State Fullerton on March 9, going 3-for-6 at the plate with the go-ahead home run in the top of the 14th and tossing 2.0 scoreless innings in relief to earn his first career win. Greer has appeared at five different positions for Arizona State this season (1B, 2B, 3B, LF, P). While playing at Desert Mountain High School (Scottsdale, AZ), Greer was a three-time All-State selection, including being named to the first team following his senior season in 2013.

Arizona State Bio
ASU Baseball: David Greer’s hot bat continues to shine with increased opportunity | Cronkite Sports

 

9th Round | 267th Overall

Jason Goldstein| C | University of Illinois | Senior
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 195
Born: 3/9/94 | Hometown: Highland Park, IL

Catcher Jason Goldstein was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 9th round (267th overall) out of the University of Illinois. As a senior in 2016, Goldstein hit .312 (53×170) with 17 runs, 5 doubles, 4 home runs, 29 RBI and 16 walks. Goldstein led the Illini in batting (.312), on-base percentage (.402) and RBI (29) in 2016. Goldstein finished his senior campaign with 15 multi-hit games – 2nd-most on the Illini – as well as a team-best seven 3-hit games.

Goldstein was also selected in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Goldstein is majoring in industrial engineering at the University of Illinois. Goldstein was named to the Under Armour Preseason All-America team in 2010 and 2011 while at Highland Park High School (Highland Park, IL).

His father, Scott, played football at Grinnell College. His brother, Tyler, was a pitcher at Johns Hopkins University from 2011-2014.

University of Illinois Bio
MLB Draft prospect Jason Goldstein ready for one more season with Illinois baseball | Chicago Tribune
Highland Park grad Jason Goldstein chooses Illinois over MLB | Chicago Tribune

 

8th Round | 237th Overall

Nick Zammarelli | UTL | Elon University | Junior
Bats: Left | Throws: Right
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 193
Born: 7/30/94 | Hometown: Lincoln, RI

Utility player Nick Zammarelli was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th Round (237th overall) out of Elon University (Elon, NC). As a junior in 2016, Zammarelli  hit .342 (76×222) with 56 runs, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 51 RBI, 33 walks and 10 stolen bases. In 2015, Zammarelli was named to the Cape Cod League All-Star team. Zammarelli was also selected in the 28th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Zammarelli is majoring in sport and event management at Elon University. Zammarelli was a four-year letterwinner at Lincoln High School (Lincoln, RI).

His father, Nick, played baseball at College of the Holy Cross.

Elon University Bio
McGair: Lincoln’s Zammarelli used ’13 draft status as fuel to bolster MLB prospects | Pawtucket Times

 

7th Round | 207th Overall

Matt Festa| RHP | East Stroudsburg University | Senior
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 195
Born: Unknown | Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Right-handed pitcher Matt Festa was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 7th round (207th overall) out of East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg, PA). As a redshirt-senior in 2016, Festa was 11-2 with a 2.35 ERA (23 ER, 88.0 IP) in 13 starts with 105 strikeouts and 21 walks. Festa posted 9 complete games, including 2 shutouts for the Warriors this season. In 2016, Festa set East Stroudsburg single-season records for starts (13), wins (11), complete games (9), innings (88.0) and strikeouts (105). Festa was tabbed as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Brett Tomko Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division II pitcher, on May 23. Festa collected numerous accolades following the 2016 season: Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year and First-Team selection, American Baseball Coaches Association All-American 2nd Team and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II All-America third team.

Festa transferred to East Stroudsburg from Dominican College (Orangeburg, NY) following the 2013 season. Festa is majoring in business management at East Stroudsburg.

East Stroudsburg Bio

 

6th Round | 177th Overall

Brandon Miller| RHP | Millersville University| Sophomore
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 195
Born: Unknown | Hometown: Ephrata, Pa.

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Miller was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 6th round (117th overall) out of Millersville University (Millersville, PA). As a sophomore in 2016, Miller was 12-2 with a 1.42 ERA (17 ER, 107.2 IP) in 15 starts with 115 strikeouts and 13 walks. Miller posted 8 complete games, including 3 shutouts for the Marauders this season while limiting opponents to a .166 (63×380) average against. Miller was named to 2016 Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America first-team. On May 23, Miller was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Brett Tomko Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division II pitcher. Miller was named the consensus All-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year on May 19. Miller is majoring in applied engineering and technology management at Millersville.

Miller won 12 games in 2015, tying the Division II lead and the Millersville single-season record. Miller finished 2015 with a 12-2 record with a 2.48 ERA (24 ER, 87.0 IP) while winning 11 consecutive starts. Miller was one of two Division II players on the Cape Cod League All-Star rosters in 2015.

Millersville Bio
Millersville’s Brandon Miller impresses in Cape Cod League | Lancaster Online
Miller shining in Cape Cod League | The Ephrata Review

 

5th Round | 147th Overall

Donnie Walton | INF | Oklahoma State | Senior
Bats: Switch | Throws: Right
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 174
Born: 5/25/94 | Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Shortstop Donnie Walton was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th round (147th overall) out of Oklahoma State University. As a senior in 2016, Walton hit .350 (78×223) with 44 runs, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 43 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 59 games/57 starts. Walton is a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection (2014, 2015 & 2016), the first player in Oklahoma State history to accomplish this feat. In 219 career games with the Cowboys, Walton is a .318 hitter with 44 doubles, 11 home runs and 135 RBIs. Walton holds the Oklahoma State record with 55 sacrifice bunts, which ranks 7th all-time in NCAA history. After driving in the only run of the 2015 Cape Cod League All-Star Game, Walton was named East MVP of the game.

Walton was also selected in the 36th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Mets out of Bishop Kelley High School (Tulsa, OK). Walton was also selected in the 23rd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Oklahoma State University. Walton is majoring in sports management at Oklahoma State University. (Note: Oklahoma State will face South Carolina in the Columbia Super Regional beginning tomorrow, Saturday, June 11).

His father, Robert (RHP), was a 25th round selection in the 1986 Draft by Baltimore out of Oklahoma State University and appeared in the minor leagues with the Orioles over 3 seasons. His father, Robert, is currently Oklahoma State’s pitching coach. His brother, Davis, was an offensive tackle at Tulsa University from 2012-2014.

Oklahoma State Bio
Donnie Walton’s outstanding baseball career has Tulsa roots | Tulsa World

 

4th Round | 117th Overall

Thomas Burrows| LHP | Alabama | Junior
Bats: Left | Throws: Left
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225
Born: 9/14/94 | Hometown: Florence, AL

Left-handed pitcher Thomas Burrows was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 4th round (117th overall) out of the University of Alabama. As a junior in 2016, Burrows was 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA (3 ER, 28.1 IP) with 12 saves. In 21 appearances out of the bullpen for Alabama this season, Burrows struck out 41 and walked 9 while holding opponents to a .179 (19×106) average against. Burrows is Alabama’s all-time career saves leader with 30. On April 28, Burrows was named one of 40 finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award. After going 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA (9 ER, 37.2 IP) with 11 saves in his freshman campaign in 2014, Burrows was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team as well as the Freshman All-American Team by both Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA. Burrows is majoring in finance at the University of Alabama.

Alabama Bio
Burrows claims an Alabama baseball record | The Crimson White

 

3rd Round | 87th Overall

Bryson Brigman | INF | University of San Diego | Sophomore
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
Born: 6/19/95 | Hometown: San Jose, CA

Shortstop Bryson Brigman was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round (87th overall) out of the University of San Diego. As a sophomore in 2016, Brigman hit .372 (71×191) with 31 runs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 47 games/47 starts. After his recently-complete sophomore season, Brigman was named to the All-West Coast Conference First-Team for the second consecutive season. Brigman recorded 22 multi-hit games and 4 multi-RBI games for the Toreros this season. Brigman is the only player to appear on three world championship teams for USA Baseball, earning a 16-and-under championship in 2011 and back-to-back titles with the 18-and-under team in 2012 and 2013. Brigman was also selected in the 40th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics out of Valley Christian High School (San Jose, CA).

University of San Diego Bio
Toreros shortstop Bryson Brigman a rising star
| San Diego Union-Tribune
MLB Draft Video

 

Getting To Know: Mariners 1st Round Pick Kyle Lewis

The Mariners selected outfielder Kyle Lewis out of Mercer University with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 Draft. Courtesy: Mercer Athletics

The present collided with the future Thursday night at the corner of Edgar Martinez Drive and Dave Niehaus Way. As Seattle readied to face Cleveland in the finale of a four-game series at Safeco Field, members of the Mariners baseball operations department gathered in the Ellis Pavilion – just steps away from the field – for day one of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Countless hours of scouting and preparation culminated with the Mariners 1st round pick and will continue over the next two days through the 40th and final round on Saturday.

The Mariners selected 6-foot-4 outfielder Kyle Lewis from Mercer University with the 11th overall pick in the Draft. Lewis was surrounded by family and friends when he learned he would be joining the Seattle Mariners.

“When we got that call, it was a big weight lifted off our shoulders,” Lewis said. “I’m just really grateful to the Mariners for giving me that opportunity.”

In his recently completed junior season at Mercer, Lewis hit .395 with 11 doubles, 20 home runs and 72 RBI in 61 games. Lewis was named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year, is a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and was selected as a First Team All-America by Baseball America following his junior season.

“We thought he was going to be picked before us,” said Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara. “We’re very excited that he made it to us. He’s a 6-foot-4, middle-of-the-order potential bat that had a big year at Mercer University this year. He’s a good athlete who we believe has a lot of potential.”

While Lewis has put up prodigious power numbers this season – slugging .731 on 11 doubles, 2 triples and 20 home runs – he also ranks among the nation’s best in average, on-base percentage and runs scored. Lewis ranks 15th nationally with a .395 batting average this season, while ranking 4th in on-base percentage (.535) and tied-for-4th in runs scored (70).

After a stellar junior campaign, Lewis is a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Dick Howser Trophy, awards that honor the nation’s top player.

Lewis hit .395 with 20 home runs and 72 RBI during his recently completed junior season at Mercer, earning Baseball America’s College Player of the Year. Courtesy: Mercer Athletics

Seattle’s selection of Lewis at No. 11 was well-regarded around the Major Leagues.

“What a steal for the Mariners,” said MLB.com Draft and prospect expert Jim Callis. “If I owned the No. 1 pick in this draft, I would have taken Lewis there. I think it’s the best combination of ceiling and floor in this draft. Even if he doesn’t stay in center field, that power profiles so well on the corner. I think the concerns about quality of competition he faced at Mercer are overblown, because what more could this guy do? He stood out in the Cape Cod League — a showcase for top college prospects — and he dominated the Southern Conference the last two years. I’m all in.”

Lewis offered a self-scout of his playing style: “I feel like I’m a complete player. I think I offer a package of power and speed and hit for a high average and hit for power, as well as being a plus defender. I think I provide the team with impact in a number of ways.”

A native of Snellville, Ga., where he lettered in baseball and basketball at Shiloh High School, Lewis is the first player from Mercer University to be drafted in the round 1st  of either the MLB, NFL or NBA Drafts.

Mariners Gameday Information – June 8 vs. Cleveland

Game InformationGame #59 (6/8): Indians (32-25) vs. Mariners (32-26) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (2-6, 3.94)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
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06.08 Lineup CLE-SEA

Mariners team up to fight hunger on Saturday

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SEATTLE MARINERS, KIRO RADIO 97.3 FM & NORTHWEST HARVEST TEAM UP FOR FIGHT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

Annual food drive at Safeco Field scheduled for Saturday, June 11 vs. Texas Rangers

 The Mariners are once again joining with KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and Northwest Harvest for the annual food and donations drive at Safeco Field known as Fight Hunger Night.

 

On Saturday, June 11, when the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers, volunteers will be outside all the entrances to the ballpark accepting donations of cash and non-perishable food items starting at 5:00 p.m. Game time vs. the Rangers is 7:10 p.m. Donations are also being accepted online at NorthwestHarvest.org.

 

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In Washington, one in five kids doesn’t get enough to eat and during the summer months they don’t have school meal programs to rely on. Last year, Northwest Harvest distributed more than 34 million pound of food to 380 food banks across the state, setting a distribution record and serving millions of meals to hungry people. Because Northwest Harvest deals in such volume, and has low administrative costs, it can provide a nutritious meal for a family of four for just 67 cents.

 

Suggested non-perishable food donations include oatmeal, whole grain pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, fish or meat, shelf-stable milk, baby formula, infant cereal, jarred baby food, powdered or canned milk. Cash donations are also appreciated as they allow Northwest Harvest to purchase fresh produce that supplements canned products available at food banks.

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Mariners Gameday Information – June 6 vs. Cleveland

Game InformationGame #57 (6/6): Indians (31-24) vs. Mariners (31-25) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Trevor Bauer (3-2, 4.27) vs. RHP James Paxton (0-1, 7.36)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @MarinersPR | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

06.06 Lineup CLE-SEA

Mariners Gameday Information – June 5 at Rangers

Game InformationGame #56 (6/5): Mariners (31-24) vs. Rangers (33-22) | 12:05 pm PT | Globe Life Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-4, 4.41) vs. LHP Derek Holland (4-4, 4.78)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
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06.05 Lineup SEA-TEX

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