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Thu Jul 213:31Breyvic Valera claimed by Blue Jays off waivers from PadresJonathan DavisCFBlue JaysFree Agent
Brandon Drury3BBlue JaysFree Agent
Patrick Kivlehan3BPiratesFree Agent
Elvis LucianoRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Breyvic Valera2BBlue JaysFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — Infielder Breyvic Valera was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres.Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis.The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season.San Diego claimed him off waivers from Toronto on Feb. 12. Valera has a .223 average in 54 games over three seasons. He also has played for St. Louis, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore.Toronto announced the move Thursday and also added right-hander Bryan Baker, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Josh Palacios to its training camp player pool.The Blue Jays have not said where their training camp will be. Most clubs start practice Friday.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jul 211:12This Date in BaseballJosé BautistaRFPhilliesFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
July 81912 — Rube Marquard’s 19-game winning streak was stopped when the New York Giants lost 7-2 to the Chicago Cubs.1935 — The AL extended its All-Star winning streak to three with a 4-1 victory at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. New York Yankee Lefty Gomez went six innings, which prompted the NL to have the rules changed so that no pitcher could throw more than three innings, unless extra innings.1941 — Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit a three-run, two-out homer in the ninth to give the AL a dramatic 7-5 victory in the All-Star game at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium. Up to that point Arky Vaughn of the Pittsburgh Pirates was the NL hero with two home runs, the first player to do so in All-Star play. Joe and Dom DiMaggio both played for the AL, marking the first time that brothers appeared in the same All-Star game.1947 — Frank Shea became the first winning rookie pitcher in the first 14 years of All-Star play as the AL nipped the NL 2-1 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.1952... [More]
Thu Jul 211:02This Date in BaseballA.J. BurnettFree Agent
Carlos SantanaDHIndiansFree Agent
July 41905 — The Philadelphia Athletics scored two runs in the 20th inning, giving Rube Waddell a 4-2 victory over Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox. Both pitchers went the distance. Young did not allow a walk.1908 — George Wiltse of the New York Giants pitched a 10-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.1912 — George Mullin of the Detroit Tigers celebrated his 32nd birthday by pitching a no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns.1925 — Two of the great left-handers of their time, Herb Pennock of the Yankees and Lefty Grove of the Athletics, hooked up in a pitchers duel that New York won 1-0 in 15 innings. Pennock gave up four hits and walked none.1939 — Jim Tabor of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in an 18-12 triumph over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader.1945 — Augie Bergamo drove in eight runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to 19-2 rout of the New York Giants in the second game of a doubleheader.19... [More]
Wed Jul 110:01This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPTwinsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Rajai DavisCFMetsFree Agent
David OrtizFree Agent
July 21903 — Washington outfielder Ed Delahanty went over a railroad bridge at Niagara Falls and drowned. The exact circumstances of his death never were determined.1909 — The Chicago White Sox stole 12 bases, including home plate three times, in a 15-3 rout of the St. Louis Browns.1930 — Chicago outfielder Carl Reynolds homered in the first, second and third innings, leading the White Sox to a 15-4 win over the New York Yankees. Reynolds, the second player in history to hit home runs in three consecutive innings, had two inside-the-park homers.1933 — Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 in an 18-inning game. He allowed six hits and no walks. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals were blanked 1-0, with Roy Parmelee outdueling Dizzy Dean.1941 — Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit a home run to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 45 games, surpassing Willie Keeler’s record of 44 straight games for the Orioles in 1... [More]
Tue Jun 3021:01A's send Mateo to Padres in 1st trade since baseball resumedJorge MateoSSAthleticsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired middle infielder Jorge Mateo from the Oakland Athletics in the first trade since baseball resumed after a shutdown of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Padres will send either a player or cash to the A’s for the 25-year-old Mateo, who will be added to the player pool for the resumption of spring training. The Padres are scheduled to have their first workout Friday at Petco Park. The trade was announced Tuesday.Mateo is a former top prospect with the New York Yankees, who signed him as a non-drafted free agent at 17 out of the Dominican Republic. He is a .267 hitter in eight minor league seasons. He was sent to Oakland in the Sonny Gray trade in 2017. He was with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2019, hitting, .289 with a .834 OPS and a minor league-leading 14 triples in 119 games.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jun 3018:11Shohei Ohtani returns to 2-way role with Angels this seasonShohei OhtaniDHAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani will resume his two-way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns.Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Tuesday that his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season.Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He wasn't expected to pitch in 2020 until at least May, and Eppler confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic hasn't altered the Angels' plans.“We'll probably have a little bit more of a governor on him, at least at the outset,” Eppler said. “He's had a number of live (throwing sessions against hitters), but we want to up that intensity a little bit more and put him into a game situation. Just watching how he responds on a day-to-day basis will help guide us to how much we can push down on the gas pedal on him. We're expecting him to be on the mound and stay on the mound and roll through spring training.”Manager Joe Maddon said last week that he hoped Ohtani w... [More]
Tue Jun 3017:51Yanks optimistic Judge, Paxton, Hicks, Stanton healthyGerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Given an extra 3 1/2 months for their brittle stars to heal, the New York Yankees will closely monitor the conditioning of Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton ahead of a season unlike any other.“We want these players to withstand a 60-game sprint over a 66-day schedule," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday on the eve of the first arrivals for “spring” training 2.0, already dubbed summer camp in Major League Baseball's marketing deal.New York had been set to open March 26 at Baltimore with many of its key cogs on the injured list but expects all of them to be available when training resumes this weekend.Sound familiar?New York placed a big league record 30 players on the injured list a total of 39 times last season, then overhauled its training and conditioning staff.“Ultimately, we’re in it to win it,” Cashman said, “and I think everybody else should be feeling the same way. And especially in a shortened season, I ... [More]
Tue Jun 3014:51Yanks optimistic Judge, Paxton, Hicks, Stanton healthyGerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to play in time for New York's rescheduled opener at World Series champion Washington on July 23.Judge did not play in any exhibition games due to discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the right fielder had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season. Judge later said he had a collapsed lung.Paxton had surgery Feb. 5 to repair a herniated disk in his back and to remove a peridiscal cyst. The left-hander exited his final regular-season start, at Texas on Sept. 27, after one inning with what the Yankees said was a tight left glute muscle, then returned for three postseason starts.After agreeing to a $324 million, nine-year contract, right-hander Gerrit Cole heads a rotation that includes Paxton, righty Masahiro Tana... [More]
Mon Jun 2922:21Mets optimistic about Céspedes when baseball returns Gordon Beckham2BTigersFree Agent
Melky CabreraLFPiratesFree Agent
Michael ConfortoLFMetsFree Agent
Ryan CordellLFWhite SoxFree Agent
Hunter StricklandRPNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Tim TebowRFMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — When baseball comes back next month, Yoenis Céspedes might finally be ready to return, too.Sidelined for nearly two years by injuries and then the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Mets slugger could be healthy enough at last to play on opening day in late July — especially with the designated hitter available in the National League this season.“We’ll have to evaluate how the next few days go, but we’re optimistic,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday. “His bat can be a real impact and be a little bit of a separator for us as we compare ourselves to the rest of the teams in the league.”The 34-year-old Céspedes hasn’t played since July 20, 2018 — his only major league game after May 13 that year. The two-time All-Star had surgery on both heels and then broke his right ankle in a nasty spill on his Florida ranch in a reported run-in with a wild boar.Van Wagenen mentioned that Céspedes is a five-tool athlete and won’t necessarily b... [More]
Mon Jun 2921:51Mets optimistic about Céspedes when baseball returns Gordon Beckham2BTigersFree Agent
Melky CabreraLFPiratesFree Agent
Michael ConfortoLFMetsFree Agent
Ryan CordellLFWhite SoxFree Agent
Hunter StricklandRPNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Tim TebowRFMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — When baseball comes back next month, Yoenis Céspedes might finally be ready to return, too.Sidelined for nearly two years by injuries and then the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Mets slugger could be healthy enough at last to play on opening day in late July — especially with the designated hitter available in the National League this season.“We’ll have to evaluate how the next few days go, but we’re optimistic,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday. “His bat can be a real impact and be a little bit of a separator for us as we compare ourselves to the rest of the teams in the league.”The 34-year-old Céspedes hasn’t played since July 20, 2018 — his only major league game after May 13 that year. The two-time All-Star had surgery on both heels and then broke his right ankle in a nasty spill on his Florida ranch in a reported run-in with a wild boar.Van Wagenen mentioned that Céspedes is a five-tool athlete and won’t necessarily b... [More]
Mon Jun 2910:11This Date in BaseballCarlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Rajai DavisCFMetsFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Nick SwisherFree Agent
June 301908 — At 41 years, 3 months, Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox pitched the third no-hitter of his career, an 8-0 win over the New York Highlanders.1948 — Cleveland’s Bob Lemon pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers for the first American League no-hitter at night.1962 — Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 13 New York Mets en route to the first of four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.1970 — Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati was dedicated, but Henry Aaron spoiled the show for the crowd of 51,050 with a first-inning homer off Jim McGlothlin as Atlanta beat the Reds 8-2.1978 — Willie McCovey became the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. His milestone shot off Atlanta’s Jamie Easterly wasn’t enough, as the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 in the second game of a doubleheader at Fulton County Stadium.1995 — Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians became the second switch-hitter and the 20th play... [More]
Sun Jun 2820:51Franco one of several top prospects picked for player poolsVidal Brujan2BRaysFree Agent
Matt Duffy3BRaysFree Agent
Mitch HanigerRFMarinersFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Ubaldo JiménezSPOriolesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Trey ManciniLFOriolesFree Agent
Matt ManningFree Agent
Brendan McKaySPRaysFree Agent
Franklin PerezSPTigersFree Agent
Edgar SantanaRPPiratesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
Tyler Wade2B/SSYankeesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Top prospect Wander Franco is part of the Tampa Bay Rays' 60-man player pool, and the Detroit Tigers are including their most heralded young pitchers as baseball gears up for its abbreviated season.Sunday was the deadline for teams to submit player pools, although additions can be made later. Many teams announced pools well below the 60-player limit.Franco, a 19-year-old shortstop, is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline. He spent last season at Class A, so it would be quite a jump for him to contribute in the majors in the immediate future, but putting him in the player pool makes him an option for the Rays — and could help his development in a year when the coronavirus shut down the minor leagues.Pitcher Brendan McKay and infielder Vidal Brujan, two other top Tampa Bay prospects, also made the pool.“They are some of our more advanced prospects," Rays general manager Erik Neander said. “Certainly on the position player side that’s where things went and why ... [More]
Sun Jun 2818:41Franco one of several top prospects picked for player poolsVidal Brujan2BRaysFree Agent
Matt Duffy3BRaysFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Trey ManciniLFOriolesFree Agent
Matt ManningFree Agent
Brendan McKaySPRaysFree Agent
Franklin PerezSPTigersFree Agent
Edgar SantanaRPPiratesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
Tyler Wade2B/SSYankeesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Top prospect Wander Franco is part of the Tampa Bay Rays' 60-man player pool, and the Detroit Tigers are including their most heralded young pitchers as baseball gears up for its abbreviated season.Sunday was the deadline for teams to submit player pools, although additions can be made later. Many teams announced pools well below the 60-player limit.Franco, a 19-year-old shortstop, is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline. He spent last season at Class A, so it would be quite a jump for him to contribute in the majors in the immediate future, but putting him in the player pool makes him an option for the Rays — and could help his development in a year when the coronavirus shut down the minor leagues.Pitcher Brendan McKay and infielder Vidal Brujan, two other top Tampa Bay prospects, also made the pool.“They are some of our more advanced prospects," Rays general manager Erik Neander said. “Certainly on the position player side that’s where things went and why ... [More]
Sat Jun 2720:51AP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening day Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BYankeesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Juan SotoLFNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Gleyber Torres2BYankeesFree Agent
Trea TurnerSSNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park.The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement.The New York Post first reported the matchup.MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out -- there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series.Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon and the Nationals won the last two games to earn their first championship. Max Scherzer started Game 7 and fellow ace Stephen Strasburg was the World Series MVP, and eit... [More]
Fri Jun 2623:40Majors confronting short time period before opening dayLucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
James McCannCWhite SoxFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2BCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about those halcyon first few days of spring training, when arranging for the right tee time on the right golf course is often more challenging than the work on the field.When major leaguers report next week for spring training 2.0 — or perhaps more accurately, baseball's first summer camp — time will be one precious commodity with about three weeks to go before opening day.“We're going to have some live batting practices the first day they show up. Day 1 and Day 2. ... Multiple ups for the starters," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said Friday on a video conference call. “These guys are prepared for that. They've been hungry for it.”All across the majors, the race is on to set up travel plans and work out the final details for training ahead of an unforgiving season of just 60 games. After intake coronavirus tests and a mandatory quarantine period while awaiting results, full-squad workouts likely will begin next weekend.The regular season starts Jul... [More]
Fri Jun 2619:20Majors confronting short time period before opening dayLucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
James McCannCWhite SoxFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2BCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about those halcyon first few days of spring training, when arranging for the right tee time on the right golf course is often more challenging than the work on the field.When major leaguers report next week for spring training 2.0 — or perhaps more accurately, baseball's first summer camp — time will be one precious commodity with about three weeks to go before opening day.“We're going to have some live batting practices the first day they show up. Day 1 and Day 2. ... Multiple ups for the starters," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said Friday on a video conference call. “These guys are prepared for that. They've been hungry for it.”All across the majors, the race is on to set up travel plans and work out the final details for training ahead of an unforgiving season of just 60 games. After intake coronavirus tests and a mandatory quarantine period while awaiting results, full-squad workouts likely will begin next weekend.The regular season starts Jul... [More]
Thu Jun 2518:30Bubble-free life means MLB players, coaches must be carefulTaylor RogersRPTwinsFree Agent
Bo TakahashiSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball's bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the coronavirus pandemic.Instead of bringing a group of teams to Disney World (like the NBA and MLS) or concentrating on a few hub cities (like the current NHL plan), Major League Baseball has 30 teams spread all over the United States and potentially Canada, with players, coaches and team personnel trying to stay healthy while cases are still spreading.Needless to say, it won't be easy. Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said he'll be constantly reminding everyone in his organization about the delicacy of the current situation. It's especially important in Phoenix, where COVID-19 cases have increased substantially over the past few weeks.“High-risk behavior is going to impact you and the person standing next to you and the person standing next to them,” Hazen said. "We’re going to be extremely mindful of it. The protocols are going to answer some of those things for us, ... [More]
Thu Jun 2517:40Lynn named Rangers' opening day starter over Minor, KluberCorey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Lance LynnSPRangersFree Agent
Mike MinorSPRangersFree Agent
Veteran right-hander Lance Lynn has been named the Texas Rangers' starter on opening day, a game that will be played more than four months after manager Chris Woodward actually made that decision.Woodward revealed his choice Thursday. The hard-throwing Lynn got the nod ahead of All-Star lefty Mike Minor and Corey Kluber, the two-time AL Cy Young winner Texas acquired in a December trade from Cleveland.The manager had planned to make the announcement March 13, but that ended up being the day after MLB abruptly shut down spring training because of the coronavirus. The season opener will be July 23 or 24, but the Rangers don't know where or who they will play since baseball hasn't released the 60-game schedule for the pandemic-delayed and shortened season. "I can announce it now," Woodward said when discussing the upcoming resumption of spring training, which will take place at the team's new home ballpark instead of Arizona. “I've talked to all of them before this thing. I was actually... [More]
Thu Jun 2512:20This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPTwinsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Michael BrantleyLFAstrosFree Agent
Joey ButlerFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
C.J. Cron1BTigersFree Agent
Rajai DavisCFMetsFree Agent
Wilmer Flores2BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yan GomesCNationalsFree Agent
Adrián González1BMetsFree Agent
A.J. GriffinSPRangersFree Agent
Chris IannettaCRockiesFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Jon LesterSPCubsFree Agent
Victor MartínezDHTigersFree Agent
David OrtizFree Agent
Jhonny Peralta3BCardinalsFree Agent
Carlos PérezCOriolesFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
Hanley Ramírez1BIndiansFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
July 11910 — Comiskey Park — then known as White Sox Park — held its first major league game, with the St. Louis Browns beating Chicago 2-0.1917 — Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds pitched complete-game victories in a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Toney threw a three-hitter in each game for 4-1 and 5-1 wins, setting a record for the fewest hits allowed in a doubleheader by a pitcher.1920 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators defeated the Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park with the season’s only no-hitter.1925 — Hack Wilson of the New York Giants hit two home runs in the third inning of a 16-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader. Wilson also doubled twice during the game.1941 — Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees singled off Boston’s Jack Wilson in the fourth inning, tying Willie Keeler’s hitting streak of 44 games.1951 — Bob Feller of the Indians pitched his third career no-hitter, beating the Detroit Ti... [More]
Wed Jun 2419:04Baseball scrambles back into action amid lingering concernsMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Taylor RogersRPTwinsFree Agent
Ron Gardenhire and Dusty Baker are a little uneasy. Jim Crane hopes his Houston Astros can play in front of fans at some point.As baseball scrambles to start an abbreviated season, the prevailing mood is one of nervous excitement.“Is it a risk? Absolutely,” said Gardenhire, the 62-year-old manager of the Detroit Tigers. "There’s risk involved in this. We all know it, and we’re willing to go try to do this thing. I would never want to jump ship with my team, but we’re going to hopefully do everything right as far as protocol goes, and take care of each other and keep everybody healthy as best we possibly can.”Major League Baseball set a 60-game schedule Tuesday night, and now the sport will try its best to complete a season and crown a champion amid a coronavirus pandemic that still looms over much of American life. Players report to camps July 1 — hard to call it “spring training” at this time of year — and the regular season is supposed to start about three weeks l... [More]
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