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R.A. Dickey held the Nats in check last night pitching seven innings of three-hit baseball, allowing one run, a walk and striking out seven. Hey, Atlanta, 2012 called, they want their Cy Young back. Might as well send them 2012 Matt Kemp as well. I think he was banging Rihanna at that time? Mmm. Wild wild wild thoughts. Unfortunately for Dickey, Jim Johnson failed to lock down his win allowing three runs on four hits and a walk for his seventh blown save of the year. Methinks Braves might be a team to watch if they could figure out their ugly bullpen. Arodys Vizcaino come back soon! Irregardless! Despite posting just two wins in the stretch, R.A. Dickey has been absolutely en fuego over his past four starts going at least six innings in each, while allowing just one run or less (27.0 IP, 17 hits, 3 ER, 23/6 K/BB ratio). Also with Dickey back to being fantasy relevant I have so many phallic jokes I have saved for you guys!  Let’s see now…oh no, I’m blanking! Nothing worse than a Dickey blog that fires blanks. Unless those blanks are shutouts! How about, Dickey got a rise in Washington? Wait. Pause. Am I actually suggesting you pick up a 42 year old knuckle baller who pitches for the Braves? Well, I’m just saying for a player available in over 80% of fantasy leagues, the 1.35 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over the past two weeks is worthy of your attention. Maybe he can recapture some of that 2012 magic. Okay I got it, last one–Dickey was standing at attention last night, but Johnson blew his happy ending. Boned! Cough. Ahem. I will see myself out.

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-4, HR (15), 3 RBI. Sonuvabench! When you hope one of your players gets hurt so you can remove someone from the DL without dropping a player. “I’ll just make no waiver moves for the rest of the season until someone gets hurts…NBD” #RealLifeFantasyProblems

Charlie Morton – 6.0 IP, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6th win. Now holds a 3.82 ERA and 68/25 K/BB ratio in 11 games started. Excellent return for Charlie who was a huge surprise before hitting the DL and could be an excellent add going forward at just 30% owned and pitching for the Houston Mashtros. Speaking of surprises, I saw Baby Driver and highly recommend! I especially like how it makes me look cool as F for still carrying a 10 year old iPod.

Aaron Sanchez – 1.2 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 HR. Really Blue Jays? Sad team is sad. Perhaps if you started Sanchez off the DL against the Astros in this one you deserved this, but no one deserves this. Not even Canadians. He should be much better next time out, one hopes.

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-4, HR (6). Here’s a player Toronto really needs to heat up if they’re going to make any noise. He does have four of his six homers in the past week and is hitting .300. I’m not saying I’d buy low, but I’m happy for the guy!

George Springer – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 2 HR (27), 5 RBI. He’s got six homers in the past two weeks hitting .455 with 20 runs, 14 RBI and 2 steals! Yes. George has given me everything I’ve wanted from him and more (maybe a few more steals, bruh?). Springer was great, but Summerer has been even better!

Carlos Correa – 2-for-5, 2 runs, HR (18), 2 RBI. Extends his hitting streak to 15 games. Maaayun those ‘Stros are hotter than the new Jay-Z album. And trust me, the new Jay is flaaaaaame! How u gon’ do Beyonce like dat doe. When Blue Ivy hits the track and the album is officially liiiiit. The Astros are also officially lit, folks. You just can’t pitch to the Astros, they hit everything!

Jose Altuve – 3-for-5, run. His fourth straight three hit game, he’s hitting .480 in the past week. And here’s a picture of Altuve next to Aaron Judge in case you need another reason to love him.

Kris Bryant – 4-for-5, 2 HR (18), 3 RBI. THE POWER OF KRIS COMPELS ME! THE POWER OF KRIS COMPELS ME!

Carlos Carrasco – 7.0 IP, 9 hits, 2 ER, BB, 11 K, 10th win. After a tough outing in Texas where he gave up 8 runs, Carrasco has rebounded in a big way in his past two starts, going 2-0 with 18 Ks and just 3 ER in 14 IP. The 1.08 WHIP and 114/27 K/BB also raise my eyebrow, Dwayne Johnson!

Francisco Lindor – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBI, SB (4). Waiting on Francisco to get hot like, dot, dot dot, I don’t know! But it’s time Lindo. Do it for Tito!

Dustin Pedroia – 2-for-5, 2 runs, HR (3), 2 RBI. Just a little Elven magic for all the kiddos out there who dream of being tiny baseball players someday.

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-4, HR (13). HanRam has four homers, 10 runs, 8 RBI and is hitting .346 over the past two weeks. Doode is putting in work, and looks like he’s actually trying. It’s weird. Now might be the time to BUY while his owners still hate him.

Drew Pomeranz – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 9th win. You my boy, Dwew! The control was off, but Pom still looked fairly strong. If Porcello can pitch half as good as he did last year, the Red Sox have got to have one of the best starting staffs in beisbol. Don’t worry, I can still complain though!

Craig Kimbrel – 1.0 IP, 3 K. Struck out the side. Even if it’s not a save opportunity–it’s still a Kimbrel.

Wil Myers – 3-for-4, SB (10). Oh, hey! Wil “I Passed the Other L to the Player on My Left” Myers. Nice of you to finally join us. Where have you been? We haven’t Overwatch’d in like, forever. Also, you led off last night. Is that what you’ve been missing–batting first? Whata glory hog. Get over yourself. Sheesh.

Austin Hedges – 2-for-3, 2 HR (13), 3 RBI. He’s a catcher. He hits home runs. He bats .220. Do with this information whatever you choose.

Tommy Joseph – 2-for-4, HR (15). Jesus, Mary and Tommy Joseph!

Cole Hamels – 7.2 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, BB, 6 K, 4th win. Cole was dealing last night. Deeeeeealing! He now has back-to-back quality starts after a clunker in Cleveland in his return from the DL. I made a few trade offers for him to feel out his value right now. Maybe you should do the same!?

Rougned Odor – 3-for-4,  2 runs, HR (17) , 2 RBI. Buy low? *dodges tomato* Three hits doe!

Nomar Mazara – 2-for-3, 3 runs, HR (12), 3 RBI. As a New Englander, I am required to have blind unrequited love for all players and persons named Nomar, but Mazara is going to make it easy. I predict a huge second half for Nomah! Notfornothing, the kid is due! Dunkin iced regulahs! 

Manny Machado – 4-for-5, 2 HR (18), 4 RBI. Yeah bro, but you’re still batting .224. The four hits is certainly encouraging though. A couple more games like this and I’ll start camping out in your bushes again.

Eddie Rosario – 3-for-4, RBI. Recent recall, Kennys Vargas also had 3 hits as Twins scored 9 runs with 14 hits to the benefit of very few fantasy teams.

Jay Bruce – 3-for-5, HR (22), RBI. Bruuuuce! The 22 homers are expected but the .262/.332/.530 slash is all bonus gravy. Baby he was born to (home) run!

Jose Reyes – 2-for-3, 2 runs, HR (8). Hitting .389 with 2 homers in the past week. The mix of psychedelic drugs, alcohol, Bruce Springsteen, fireworks, general lack of sleep and hot dogs over the past few days makes me think this game may not have actually happened, but for Jose and Bruce’s sake I hope it did.

Paul DeJong – 3-for-4, HR (7). PD goes long with the Paul DeJong ding dong. He’s hitting .308 with 3 homers seven runs and seven RBI in the past two weeks as he’s taken over at shortstop for Aledmys Diaz. The 38/4 K/BB ratio is alarming and suggest that pretty .283 average could take a drastic dip but the power is real, folks. PDJ can mash, grab him if you need a middle infielder with some pop.

Jacob deGrom – 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, 5 K, 9th win. Oh hey, 130/38 K/BB. Mmm. When you give up four home runs but still get the win because the Mets rekt. Wait, what?

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-4, 3 runs, HR (19). The Colorado offense really starts here. Get it? Because he leads off! Zing. I am here all week.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-5, HR (16), 5 RBI. Hard to be disappointed with a player who’s batting .300 with 16 home runs but Nolan has been slightly disappointing for a top fiver, amiright? However, the Rox scored 12 runs on 17 hits, ie its summer at Coors and the beisbols go zoooom! If there was ever a buy low chance for Arenado, this might be it.

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-3, 2-run HR (2). Grey told you to BUY! Maybe strictly a platoon player, but the Ji-Man has now homered in both games he’s started. Will he homer in every game he plays? Is he the next Aaron Judge? Should he be considered for Monday’s Derby? Probably yes to all three!

Joey Votto – 1-for-4, HR (25). After the Blue Jays embarrassed their country on Canada Day Votto decided he needed to put in work. Thanks, budday!

Zack Greinke – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, BB, 7 K, 11th win. It may be a bit premature for my mid season awards (patience loyal readers, coming soon!) But Zack certainly deserves the award for player no one expected to bounce back like this but totally bounced back like that. Hit it, Big Sean!

Nelson Cruz – 3-for-4, HR 16), 5 RBI. His 300th homer! Errytime! Nelly conducted his post game interview with a band-aid under one eye and told the world, “I am #1!” Then he dusted off his Air Furce Ones, flipped his bat and strutted off into the sunset.

Whit Merrifield – 0-for-3, SB (14). He’s got a rapist’s wit! ie six steals in the past week! Grey told you to BUY, if you give me your username and password I will do it for you! But don’t blame me if I trade all your best players for Andrew Benintendi. Don’t panic. Pretty sure I know what I’m doing.

Dan Straily – 8.1 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 K, 7th win. Almost had himself a complete game shut out but gave up a home run to Denard Span in the ninth so Miami pulled him. Dan has four quality starts in his last five with three wins in that stretch. Marlins baseball! Get hooked!

Aaron Judge – 1-for-3, HR (30). 30 bombs! Third straight game with a homer for Your Honor. As in, your honor to own him. Last night, he broke Joe DiMaggio’s record and tied Mark McGwire’s but Judge ain’t got time for them sorry old jokers. There are so many more records left to break and he just got here.

Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-4, 2 HR (9), 7 RBI. Oh hey, Jesus. Nice game, guy! Praise him! But let’s talk about Judge some more. Judge v. Giancarlo in the home run derby? Mmmm. R U Kidding!?  What are, ways to get me to watch a boring HR Derby. I’ll be watching alone, by candlelight, with incense burning at both ends and Judge and Stanton mashing filthy bombs into the seats. I’ve had several dreams that start this way.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-5, HR (24), 2 RBI. Oh hey, Giancarlo. I am looking forward to the derby Monday, Champ. I’m not sure I mentioned it but according to some it’s all I’ve been talking about for the past two weeks. Did you get my edible arrangement? You’re not returning my calls. I could always find another player to send poems and viles of my blood to, I don’t appreciate being ignored. In fact, I’m going to pick Cody Bellinger for the win, just to be contrarian! (It’s called playing hard to get.)

Thanks for reading! Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

   
  1. KCC26 says:
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    12 team mixed league: who do you want?

    Harper or Upton/degrom

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @KCC26: Harper

      • KCC26 says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks! how about Betts or Upton/degrom?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @KCC26: Mookie. Always Mookie.

  2. Mark says:
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    You mentioned Eddie Rosario.

    Has anything changed. He has been one of the better hitter for over a month now. He is hitting for power and his speed has returned. Of course it’s the Twins, so the better someone hits, the lower in the order he goes, but anything that points to a breakout star?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mark: Hardly walks, strikes out a lot, but he is hot right now and worth an add for sure

  3. Mark says:
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    Should I try to trade Jose Peraza. He’s a keeper in my league, but has stopped stealing and is hitting .254; essentially he is Billy Hamilton without the green light the past month. Are him and Billy Hamilton the same player just different uniform? Jose Hamilton? Billy Peraza???

    ANy how what do you think of Peraza as his minor league numbers were great?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mark: Peraza is no Hamilton. You’re going to have trouble getting any value for him in trade right now but I still like him he will be better.

  4. happyharry1958 says:
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    12 team, H2H, 6X6.. Which two for ROS, Aaron Sanchez, Pomeranz or Pineda?..Thanks

  5. Slimcompoop says:
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    Mr. Pants…you made my morning with your predictions on Mazara and Arenado for the 2nd half. There’s a village bicycle in our H2H, 6×6, keeper league and I it’s my turn for ride. He wants my George Springer for Kris Bryant and Jimmy Nelson.

    Forget about Nelson’s inclusion in the deal, just Kris Bryant for George Springer over the 2nd half of this year and going forward. Who’d you got?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Wowow that’s a tough one. I’ll take Bryant

  6. Beastman says:
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    Thoughts on Brad Miller? In a 16 team H2H keeper, drop $7 Buxton for Miller?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Beastman: I’d hold

  7. Nitro says:
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    10 Team Head to Head point League:
    ROS, please rank:
    Odor
    L Cain
    Merrifeld
    T Frazier

    Thanks!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Nitro: Frazier, Odor, Cain, Merrifield

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: Seems like a high price for some saves

      • Suspicions confirmed…..thanks, What about KDavis/Cutch for Trout/Rodney or DeGrom?

  8. Kevin says:
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    What SP would you potentially trade Judge for? Top 5 arm?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Kevin: I woudn’t trade judge for a pitcher, but if I did it would have to be Sale or Kershaw.

      • Ive got that situation in my league and no one is wanting Judge for either straight up. So Ill ride it out with him and enjoy a possible 18+ 60rbi .285 second half. Good luck the rest of the way Kevin.

  9. Alex says:
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    We starting Severino today? At home vs Brewers

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: Yes

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: Haha, ouch. Domingo took him to church. Should have benched him

      • Alex says:
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        @Alex: Okay, he’s definitely settled. I was worried because I’m really trying to shave era and whip.

        • Plenty says:
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          @Alex: teehee

  10. Noam Levenson says:
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    Hey Dan!

    Would you trade CMart and Quintana for Posey and Starling Castro? 12 team roto league (6×6 with OPS and QS) and Posey would replace Gattis for me and Castro would replace whatever shitty MI I’m streaming that day.

    My other pitchers are: Alex Wood, McCullers, Morton, and Nova but there are always streamers available. I’m towards the top in all pitching categories but could use help in Ave and OPS.

    Thanks!

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    Great Title

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Great Knoche: It came to me in the middle of the night and I woke up and wrote it down!

  12. Packing says:
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    JDong for Paxton?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Packing: I’d want JD

  13. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Thames droppable? Has only played in 4 of last 9 games and there don’t appear to be any routes to a full-time gig anytime soon with Jesus, Braun, Broxton, Domingo, and Hernan all hitting.

  14. Joeg414 says:
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    Stream Eickhoff Sunday vs SD ?, has looked good in his rehab starts.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Joeg414: Sure

  15. Josh says:
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    Keeper League 13 team mixed.

    Would you trade Carlos Martinez for any of these MI?

    Chris Taylor
    Marwin
    Gyrko

    My other pitchers are Faria, Clevinger, Berrios, Godley, Hendricks(DL), Salazar(DL), Ed Rod (DL), Alex Ryes (DL)

    I could use solid MI, mainly for next season since I’m unlikely to win this time. But not sure if any of these are the right deal, or should I be looking for more.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Josh: You can do better for CMart

      • Josh says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        you confirmed my suspicion. thanks!

  16. Is Fol-tee-neh-vich and Jon Gray the same guy? Except one plays at Coors for half the season.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: Yes. But in this instance I actually want the one who plays at coors

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Favio Vasquez: I like Gray home and away

          • Thank you for your time, enjoy your weekend!

  17. Doc says:
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    Tulo worth owning in a 12 team league? Thinking of picking him up over Mancini or Bour.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Doc: Sure

  18. your mom says:
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    Hi. 20tm h2h keeper league. Keep 8.
    Should i trade springer and abreu for rizzo, puig, fowler, e.santana and c. Anderson? I like rizzo, but springer has been hitting better this year.
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @your mom: Stick with springer and abreu

  19. Is Cutch/K Davis too Grizzly for a second half of Trout?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: Not if he plays like mike trout!

  20. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, thoughts on Dozier for ROS, in a h2h pts league and there seems to be many guys on the waivers doing better than him in the last few weeks – thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Surfer dude: Stick with dozier

  21. Brian says:
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    16 Team H2H Dynasty with OBP and BA as separate hitting categories

    Was offered Starling Marte straight up for Eric Thames.

    Any reason NOT to do this? Even with the suspension, Marte is still better ROS and long-term, right?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Brian: I like Thames power but marte won’t kill the obp/ba

  22. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan. Nola or Mananea?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jerry: Nola

  23. eric says:
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    Thanks for your great weekly column.

    C Ramos
    1B Bellinger
    2B Murphy
    SS C Seager
    3B Lamb
    OF Judge
    OF Cespedes
    OF Reddick
    U Cain
    U Morrison
    B C Taylor
    B S Gennet

    SP Strasberg
    SP Archer
    SP C Mart
    SP McCullers
    SP J Nelson
    SP Godley
    SP Manaea
    SP Keuchel

    RP Kimbrel
    RP Rivero
    RP Reed
    RP Devenski

    Drop any hitters and pick up FAs: Bour, HRam, Mazara, Happ, Souza
    Drop any pitchers and pick up FAs: Quintana, A Gray, ERod, Corbin J Wilson, S Dyson

    • Dan Pants

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      @eric: Grab hanley for taylor and quintana for manaea

  24. Wywyz says:
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    I was offered lindor for either Schoop or Oder? Do it? and for which?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Wywyz: Keep lindor

  25. Frank White says:
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    Hey Dan.. Brent Suter or Luis Castillo? Thnx oh.. mixed h2h points

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