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Here we are in the home stretch of yet another year in fantasy baseball, and we are left with decisions that we would have never considered a month or two ago. Under-performing “Player A” has to be cut for Hot Schmotato “Player B”, or “Pitcher 3″ has to be cut loose because I won’t reach my innings or game starts and need to get aggressive with my streaming. All these decisions will leave you with a quilted patchwork roster at the end of the season that resembles nothing like your All-Star break squad, let alone your draft day roster. I recall in 2006, my first year playing, when I grabbed Marlon Anderson in early September when he put up a line of 12/7/15/2/.375 to close out the year, and I walked away with $400 and my first fantasy baseball title. Prior to that month, he had hit all of 5 HR’s on the year, and it made zero sense owning him at all, but a bat that produces dongs is just that, a dong producing bat. This week I like current Hot Schmotato Zach Walters to do what he does. Hit home runs, go 1-for-4, and help you catch your opponents in the standings or win the all important H2H matchup.

Acquired by the Indians in the deal that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nats, Zach has been an impressive addition to a rebuilding club. Since his call-up, he’s put up a line of 6/5/7/.263 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio. That’s basically a donkey. Maybe I’ll call him the Grumpy Old Donkey? The Odd Donkey? I don’t know, I’ll let you guys and four girl readers decide what works. Prior to the change of venue, he was up with the Nats at times and hit 3 bombs in 39 AB’s. Over the course of AAA this year he hit 17 bombs in 292 PA’s, and in 2013 hit 29 in 521 PA’s. The walk rate is awful, about 5%, and the K-rate, about 24%, is even worse, but I always look for my Marlon Anderson each and every year. This is probably the first time Marlon Anderson’s name has been in print in about five years. Hey Marlon, when this gets back to you, because I know it will, follow me on Twitter and know I will always have your back. You’re my homie for life!

This week, the 2.4% owned Zach Walters gets six games on the road, starting with three at Chicago (AL) starting Tuesday, and closing out with three at Kansas City. The switch hitting 3rd baseman has batted .350 with 4 HR’s against southpaws and .164 with 4 HR’s against righties. That’s a lot of yikes for batting average differential, but I’m OK with it and all smiles on the dongs. His three games in Chicago has him facing two left-handers, John Danks and Jose Quintana, and couple that with the hitters park effect and I’m all in for this series. Later in the week when he moves on to Kansas City we get another gift when he faces two more left-handers….Sweet! Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy play the southpaws in this fantasy race to the finish drama and we get the gift that keeps on giving….I hope. So to recap we get a donkey on the rise facing four left-handers in six games that has a fever right now that needs to be fed with bombs, dongs, blasts, and shots. Whatever you like to call it, it’s what you need for the stretch run. If I was a David Wright owner, I would kick that king of yawnstipating to the curb and insert some Walters in your life. Speaking of Walter, when I was in my early twenties I had a friend named Javier who went by Walter. Who makes their American name Walter? It’s not like he came here during the time of the great war or when people were debating if talkies would actually work. Either way, he knew lots of hot chicks that liked to party, laughed at my jokes, and liked my cars. Oh how I miss those shallow days of having a kick ass sled to get you in the door. I think 20-year-old’s have to drive a Prius, get some kind of meaningful script tattoo, and be a liberal to impress girls these days. I don’t know, I’m old and cynical.

Bonus Creeper 

Travis Snider (13.7%) continues to swing a hot stick, and gets a full week at home which is his favorite place to be (.339 at home vs. .208 on the road). Steve Pearce (13.3%) has woken back up and is starting to get on another roll. He should be owned and used when in the line-up. Josh Willingham (13.2%) is another of the sleeping schmotato’s to wake up lately and is a must start for those in need of power. Lastly is recent Giants hot streaker Joe Panik who has been on fire as he went 5/1/6/.565 over the last week and should be used as long as he keeps this up. Since I only have a few of these left and I’m lucky if 20 of you read this as you all anticipate Monday Morning Grey I’m going to have some fun at the end. Nick the Dick has been spitting some rhymes in the comments lately and in honor of that I’m going to throw some hip hop tracks I like out there for fun…Enjoy DJ-FOH on the 1’s and 2’s!

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 Track One >>>> Track Two >>>>Track Three >>>>Track Four >>>> Track Five

I hope you all enjoyed that and I’ll see you next Sunday for another installment of the Creeper…Actually you’ll see me Tuesday and Thursday and probably in the comments section of various posts.

  1. de nachos says:
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    Marlon Anderson is hilarious. He and Ricky on Twitter were joking that since the Phil’s and Yanks were signing old players that they’d get the call soon. Here’s Marlon mic’d up at a “Hall of Fame” game. Funny stuff. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l3HscZ1QJHE

    Panik and Yelich would have one helluva beard growing contest.

    • de nachos says:
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      @de nachos: the legend Ricky Ledée that was, of course

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: only Nacho would have this. That contest could take years to get as long as mine

  2. What about this Kenny Vargas fellow. His stats since the call up our are grade A. I don’t expect him to be an all star but do you think he can be a roto asset in a 12 team league

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dnut eastwood: He should be owned in a 12 teamer two weeks ago. He is legit

  3. Double posting bcuz of freaking auto correct

    • @Dnut eastwood: I could use a few Marlon Anderson’s. I’m limping towards a regular season 1st place which will get me my entry fee back. I lousy my first two draft picks for the season. I will definitely Neff some hot schamatos down the stretch to bring home the gold feller. God bless and “keep on rocking in the free world” channeling my inner Neil

  4. costaricanchata says:
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    you know , Jack ,
    am a little worried about you hip-hoppers and pretend gangsters .
    your preoccupation with being the tough guy , expressing your
    disdain for the world , bustin’ caps in peoples’ asses , being “cool”
    in front of all of your “friends” , etc , makes me wonder if you’ve
    taken your eyes off the prize , so to speak .

    this is what it’s all about , my over the internet friend .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkYh2BYONms

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Dnut eastwood:

        you want to see depressing ?
        go look at the latest hip-hop post
        over on Grey’s link .

        here .
        i’ll give you the start of it :

        “rap day eh…
        ” (chorus, H-I-T-L-E-R, drivin’ down the steets in the fancy car
        said H-I-T-L-E-R, thought we’d never make it but here we are)
        the name is A, and i’m back in command
        cause i’m the illest fuhrer representing Deutschland
        reich 1, reich 2, reich 3, that’s me
        the mastermind behind World War 3
        no 2, oh well, start it over …. “

        • Grey

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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rurBHWxYaR0

          Reminds me of the time I was hanging out with this girl on our first date and she asked me my favorite song and I started singing Springtime for Hitler… With no context and she had never heard the song, she freaked out and thought I was a Neo Nazi…

          • de nachos says:
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            @Grey: woah me and rappin’ Hitler have the same ride.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: thanks for the contribution on hip hop sunday

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Someone put that in my post and I think without context it was taken the wrong way, so I thought I’d clear the air…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I always thought of Razzball as a PC free world

                Did you listen to my tracks?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I didn’t listen to them yet… I’m listening to Underground Hits by Rugged…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: im the anti drew smyly about that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Why’s that?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: because it’s DJ-FOH’s hip hop sunday

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: RA is the king. One of my top 5 emcees.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re embarrassing yourself, J-FOH

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Loving him…

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: he’s right up there with the best

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: Grey hasnt gotten there yet, he’s taking it slow…

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: Die Rugged Man, Die is next

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: today I realized I’ve heard uncommon valor. I liked that he does tracks wit Talib and brother Ali

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’m just messing with you. I’ve been listening to Legends Never Die while I clean today.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @J-FOH: Yeah I remember my Freshman year of college downloading all the unreleased stuff of his on Napsyar. Took him two decades to finally earn his spot, but LND killed it. His verse on Uncommon Valor might be the best in the last 15 years of HipHop.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That sounds so gangster

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: you are quite the smitten kitten G!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, it’s like when you don’t know about a great TV show or movie then suddenly discover it after everyone else

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: yeah man definitely. Better late than never. Cant wait to comment while im at the concert to tell you how much of his spit and sweat flew off stage onto me.

                    • Grey

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                      Damn, wish I was gonna be there… I looked at his concert dates and he doesn’t come out to LA at this year…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you know you’re a pretty demanding boss

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @J-FOH: Grey so you never had heard RA until recently? Have you checked out his older stuff? Not as polished but there’s a few decades worth of material to dig thru

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: ah you’ll catch Mr. Crustified Dibbs sooner or later

    • nick the dick says:
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      @costaricanchata: you sure are judgemental for something you don’t know anything about

      • Jasper Von SteinerMan says:
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        I currently live in Costa Rica, lol…and its pretty much a Catholica Mans world, you either get it, or get to steppin, jajajajaja..

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @nick the dick: it’s not that so much as he’s just scared of words. i’ve replaced one scared of word to brain damaged geeks. He needs a ball of garlic (or to hold a cross in front of computer) just to scroll past Smokey’s posts at this point.

    • Jasper Von SteinerMan says:
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      ¿Legal?.. Pichudo, Pichudo, Pichudo..its a free world up in here, . Its not the same in understanding in the USA. They have a distraction from jokes, its called Political Correctness. Feelings get hurt too easily. It’s not like how they do it in Heredia, San Jose or Liberia..If only we could teach all PURA VIDA

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: keep bringing the stereo types,they get better and better

  5. Jasper Von SteinerMan says:
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    ost G.Richards….!@#$%!!! what do you think of these studs??? Collin McHugh , M.Pineda ,Jake Odorizzi, A.Wood… who gets the nod?

      • Jasper Von SteinerMan says:
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        coolio, thanx bro

  6. Ryan says:
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    12 team keeper league (keep all players). I’m out of contention so rebuilding for next year.

    Which side has more value next year and in the future?

    Adam Jones + Tanner Roark OR Michael Brantley + Mark Trumbo + Jean Segura + Yoervis Medina

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: brantley side

  7. nick the dick says:
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    Fantastic Foh! Slum and the Babees! That Soul Kahn guy was pretty decent, the beat for that song was sick, great sounding old jazz horn sample. Track 4 was simply dope, never heard that before but realky liked it. Thanks for the shout, made my day!….baseball wise, Snider needs to stop creeping on my Polanco cuz im this close to dropping him for Oswaldo if he keeps sitting everyday. I just grabbed Gyorko so of course he pulls his hammy immediately, would you switch him out for Walters while he’s hot? Chances are Jedd will still be there on FA if I drop him and then need him back

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: ha some funny stuff in there. I feel like ive seen him before.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: He’s got a cool style to himself. I got turned on to him by my buddy from South Central.

          • Kid A says:
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            @J-FOH: Isn’t that the opening line from your Grindr profile?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Kid A: no comment

  8. Kid A says:
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    So are you saying we should drop Jon Lester for a streamer?

    Or should we have already done that on May 2?

    • de nachos says:
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      @Kid A: i’m convinced I don’t drop Rendon for Castellanos pre-season I’m in the top 6. Then again, I can also be convinced the moon landing was faked. Delusion IS grandeur.

      • Kid A says:
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        @de nachos:

        You 86’ed Rendon before opening day? YEESH! I was not aware. Would have been a huge boost for you. Hard getting kneecapped right out of the gate.

        The one that sticks in my craw is my preseason drop of K-Rod. Would have given me the lead in Saves, an extra 5 points and most importantly roster flexibility.

        My first 4 daft picks were complete busts.

        • de nachos says:
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          @Kid A: i like how Cespedes has more post-all star games steals than Segura and Rios combined. nope didn’t see that coming.

        • de nachos says:
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          @Kid A: You weren’t kidding. Prince. Longo. Rios. Segura. Holy Revelation 6:1-8, Batman.

          • Kid A says:
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            @de nachos: Was Situation Normal – All Fucked Up, right quick after the draft.

            You’ve done well fighting your way above the Nachoza line.

            The FCL had so much potential until people started ghost riding their whips. Supreme annoyance considering how strong the league started out.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Kid A: Very true, but at least the people left are making it a dog fight.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @de nachos: weird year, you have got out of the cellar though. I never understood the Machado for Hamilton deal

        • de nachos says:
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          @J-FOH: My mindset at the time was trading one injured guy for another injured guy who was due back more quickly. I just had lost Cliff Lee and somebody else (Zobrist?) and didn’t want to keep a 3rd DL on my bench. Brilliant strategy, actually, or my name isn’t Dunning-Kruger.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

          • J-FOH says:
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            @de nachos: I’ve prevented those people from getting their assessment kicked. …and won money off those types before too

            • J-FOH says:
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              @J-FOH: *asses

              • de nachos says:
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                @J-FOH: ha ha yeah that confused me. “prevented those people from getting their assessment kicked” I thought you were outing yourself as a sub-prime mortgage broker.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @de nachos: Yikes, I would of jumped off a bridge by now if that was my career choice. Who says to themselves thats what they want to do when they grow up?

                  Spending way too many years in bars I know the Dunning-Kruger effect all too well. Sports conversations are some of my favorites when I start dropping the reality of their depth and minor league system and their heads explode. The upcoming fantasy football season is a fun one too. People tell me their drafts and it usually becomes a question of wow, you have no idea what you are doing or you playing with the biggest group of morons and no wonder you got that team. Even though it’s sad, I am still mildly amused when people get tough with the wrong people. When the other guy is grinning with a calm look on his face then you should usually walk away….clean up aisle three

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: don’t forget Richards too

  9. Kid A says:
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    Start Scherzer @ Minnesota today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… No!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: i never knew when i started here that you would be my stalker….FFS!!!! CSMF!!!! FMMMFL!!!!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: you have a gift for criticizing people and I respect that. Look at what you have done for Tehol. I get your public thing you do but I also have that personal e-mail you sent me….on my fridge

  10. Alex says:
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    Needing a bat… Walters, Willingham, Pearce, K. Morales, or Reddick?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Alex: walters

  11. OT says:
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    tying to get Ackley in the lineup. Bench Beltran or Bruce or just leave him out?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OT: beltran

  12. Tim says:
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    Hey there, start Fiers this week (1 start vs Giants in SF vs peavy) or keichel’s two starts? Fiers has looked good recently
    This is for RP spot.

    Drop polanco for any of any of these players?
    Oswaldo Arica, jon jay, Matt Holliday, Carl Crawford, avsaill Garcia

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tim: Friers and Garcia

  13. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Love the Soul Kahn track. Was unaware of him.

    Great Exile choice, really dig his work with Blu. Have you ever heard Blu’s stuff with French Producer Dela? I’ll post below as well as a great Jeru track for my boy Smokey. He and I were killing it in Boston the other night at the bars and started talking HipHop. Dude is a huge Jeru fan. The Jeru track is with Italian producer Fabio Musta, and the bonus track is local legend Reks on a Large Pro beat

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LXnlJYWABx8

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WcdFbNKf0vs

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fDy27TQxHro

  14. Ryan says:
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    I asked a similar question earlier…sorry for the long post in advance.

    12 team keeper league (keep all players). I’m out of contention, so rebuilding for next year.

    Which side would you rather have for the future?

    Brantley, Segura, Fowler OR Roark, S. Marte

    DO YOU LIKE THIS TRADE BETTER…

    Which side has more value next year and in the future?

    Adam Jones + Tanner Roark OR Michael Brantley + Mark Trumbo + Jean Segura + Yoervis Medina

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: Brantley side

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: brantley side for both

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