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On today’s podcast, Grey went MIA and so Nick and I try to carry on with our lives by discussing all the big topics going on in baseball right now. And when I say ‘the big topics going on in baseball’, I kinda mean we sorta go over the big topics going on in baseball. And by that, I mean we sorta touch on baseball when we could fit it in. Why? Ask Nick. It took about five seconds for him to mention my dating life, and it all snowballed from there. (Just like your mom.) Sure, there were some moments of levity when talking about such things as Miggy and Prince’s slow start, Stanton’s hot start, and Rudy actually being the real-life version of Johnny Depp’s character (less mascara this time, imagine that) in Transcendence. For good measure, some porn ideas, purell, skyline chili, and Tehol are all mentioned within five minutes, begging the question of whether or not we are ready to launch Razzball Radio. I think it’s a resounding yes. Others might run away and take a shower and then, you know, call an exorcist.

Also, we stumbled into the first *real* contest for the 32in32in32 tour. And by stumbled, I mean we fell off a 10-story building. Long story short, if you are able to find my OKCupid dating profile, then you will win two tickets to the tour, at the city of your choice, and Nick and I will both buy you a beer and have you on air with us to do a critique of my profile. (Post the winning link in the comments section of this post or any Grey-post, or you can email Nick@RazzballRadio.com.) Would you date me? Would your sister date me? Is she hot? Then I would date her. I might also date you. Who knows at this point. We’re drinking. So yeah, we’ll talk about that. Or probably talk about something more relevant, like, oh, I don’t know… baseball? CRAZY, I know.

Well, here it is, the Razzball Podcast, with less Grey, more me (sounding like I’m from Tron), and Nick (sounding like he lives in a tunnel) in his closet. Buddy, that’s a powerful metaphor…

From Around The Web

  1. Jason says:
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    Aw man no found some profiles but they ALL look the same.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jason: Mine’s the funny one.

          • J-Money says:
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            @Jay: Thanks! It really helped that I was bored at the end of the work day.

            Well I have been following the site for the past two years now and I realized it is amazing how much I know about you and the other writers just from reading and listening to all the podcasts.

            I knew your age and general location from the podcast. I had never used OkCupid before so it took me a bit to figure out how to search for profiles as a non user. From there it was a matter of typing the proper keyword to more exact search results, in this case ‘Art’ (again, learned that from the podcast).

            Typing all this out, I realize just how creepy this sounds… (I promise I am not) but this goes to show how much is out there on internet.

            Anyway, I am really excited to win this tickets and meet you guys. I will be joining at the New York stop.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @J-Money: Yah, makes sense. I was curious if you searched that angle or the sports site stuff.

              And no worries, the online dating scene is very stalkerish in general.

              Yep, gonna have a great time!

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Jay sounds like a Cyborg who was sent back in time to stop the horrible film “The Fountain” from being made.

  3. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Loaded at 1B (Votto, Abreu, VMart) and looking to buy Allen Craig low….

    Adrian Gonzalez for Allen Craig?

    If not, who are some OF’s to target for AGon? (10 team H2H)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jackie Treehorn: Definitely not Allen Craig. Maybe buy low on Wil Myers?

  4. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Fantasy Baseball porn…I always thought of us as Fantasy Baseball dirty romance novels. I guess it’s the next step. Mark me down as the Chest Rockwell of Razzball.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sky: So marked.

  5. ryan says:
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    Harper, Wright, Ventura for Trout, Matt Carpenter?

    Is this a fair trade on the surface? 12 team 5×5 H2H

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ryan: I’d want the Harper side by a good mile. Seems a bit tilted… but I don’t think it would earn a veto hammer.

      • ryan says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks. What if Ventura gets taken out? Is that a clear win for either side or pretty even?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @ryan: Yeah, I think that’s closer.

  6. ashtray says:
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    Polanco, Singleton and Peterson are all sitting on the waiver wire right now. Which should I pick up and who should I drop?

    Redraft 12 team H2H 7×7 (OBP/K & QS/L)

    C-Mesoraco
    1-Votto
    2-Gyorko
    3-Encarnacion
    S-Gordon
    O-Choo
    O-Heyward
    O-Venable
    U-Springer
    U-Abreu
    B-LaRoche
    B-Ozuna
    DL-Profar
    NA-Guerrero

    SP-
    Teheran
    Cole
    Bailey
    Gray
    Weaver
    Ventura
    Porcello

    RP-
    Perkins
    Santos
    Broxton
    Farnsworth

    DL-Sale
    NA-Bradley

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ashtray: Polanco or Singleton for LaRoche. I love Polanco.

      • ashtray says:
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        @Jay: This might be overkill for a redraft league but if I wanted to snag Singleton AND Polanco who else should I drop? One of my crappy closers? Porcello? Weaver?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @ashtray: Broxton maybe. Personally, I’m not sure Farnsworth is long for that job.

          • ashtray says:
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            @Jay: Me either. Thanks!

  7. spm7189 says:
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    Hey (relatively) quick question – a proposal of mine was accepted this morning and I’m a little bit nervous about it; the trade is my Carlos Gomez, Mark Trumbo, and Kyle Seager for his Miguel Cabrera and JJ Hardy; the question – am I giving up too much or does this pass the smell test? After the trade goes through my team would look like
    C- Devin Mesoraco
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Chase Utley
    3B – Miguel Cabrera
    SS – Jonathan Villar
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – George Springer
    OF – Will Venable
    OF – Marcell Ozuna
    UTIL – Chris Davis (yes that Chris with a C, got him last week for Ortiz and Gio Gonzalez)
    UTIL – Todd Frazier
    BN – Kolten Wong
    BN – JJ Hardy
    BN – Adam Eaton

    I’d be trotting out 3 first rounders every day which would obviously nice I’m just worried about the shift in the balance of the team and that I’m cursed to buy Miggy in the year he falls off a cliff. Do we like this trade or no? 12-team H2H cats are H RBI R HR SB BB

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @spm7189: Yeah, I think you’re fine.

  8. Clem says:
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    trade teheran for romo?

    With Cobb and now Sale on the DL, my staff is left with Liriano, Estrada, Chavez, ventura
    My closers are rosenthal, k rod, romo, santos, balfour, (veras)

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Clem: yes

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Clem: Totally.

  9. Adam says:
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    Give: J. Abreu & E. Cabrera
    Get: J. Bautista

    Fair enough? Abreu/Bautista pretty similar ROS projections but a little less risk for the Blue Jay?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Adam: I’d hold. Abreu hasn’t hit his hot streak yet and that seems like a little too much to give up.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: I’d hold on tight there.

  10. Spammer Jay says:
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    Nice cast guys. I enjoyed it, and thanks for discussing using pitching starts early and trading for hitting.

  11. Would you trade Tanaka and say Aramais Rameriz for Miggy? Or is Tanaka the real deal and miggy gonna have an off year do to his groin surgery…10 team H2H points league.

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          @Malicious Phenom: Pineda has an innings limit and the competition will be a lot tougher the second time through. Also he has a much bigger re-injury risk than cueto

          • @The Thumb: Ok, this would be my trade offer

            I send Pineda. Tanaka and Aramiz Ramierz
            I get back Miggy & Cueto

            • The Thumb says:
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              @Malicious Phenom: damn. Wouldn’t be surprised if someone accuses you of trade rape lol

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MALICIOUS PHENOM: Tanaka is the real deal, but Miggy is a bigger deal. Get him as fast and as hard as you can.

  12. The Thumb says:
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    Pick 2 of Ike Davis vs Cueto, Beltran vs Lester, or Ortiz vs Tanaka?
    Thanks!

  13. Hoog says:
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    Am I crazy for considering benching bumgarner at Coors tonight? I Don’t like starting anyone there…..

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Hoog: Naw, I’m always kinda scared of doing that, but I always trust my aces…

  14. Jake says:
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    Hey man, with Victorino coming off the DL soon, I’d have to drop someone to activate him.

    Here are some players I could drop dee Gordon , Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez , zach wheeler.

    Here’s the rest of my team

    C- Carlos Santana

    1b- goldschmidt

    2b- Pedroia

    SS- Alexi Ramirez

    3b- David wright

    IF- Andrelton Simmons

    OF- Bryce Harper

    OF- Matt Holliday

    OF- hunter pence

    OF- Martin prado

    Utility- I’ve been playing dee Gordon here

    DH- Adam Dunn

    Bench- Eric Hosmer, sal Perez , and Victorino (DL)

    SP- Strasberg

    SP- tanaka

    SP- Johnny cueto

    RP- Papelbon

    RP- Alex wood (who is eligible at both SP & RP)

    Bench : Bumgarner , zach wheeler , and Gerritt cole.. I added cueto this week for two start by dropping Jackie Bradley JR

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jake: I’d try to trade Dee Gordon. Honestly, I’d probably drop him though…

      • Jake says:
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        @Jay:

        I was actually trying to think of a way to trade him, what kind of player looking at my roster would you target in a dee trade

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Jake: Shot in the dark, but maybe him and Papelbon for Chapman?

  15. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Why is my team the worst team? ALWAYS!!!!

      • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        @Jay: Must admit, I’m having trouble with ESPN recording moves… Happened today again – Only, I caught it. after I return in a few minutes before logging off.

        I’m doing something – it must have something to do with leaving the page too soon after punching the SUBMIT button as I only had one screen up today. I had previously thought, it might be having 2 screens open on the same league at once.

        Got my 1st SB in a awhile – wow – I was in a funk. I hate Chris Carter now.. I cut him watch him take off on a 10 HR trot. Closer-ageddon has hit hard as well.

        The Relief Pitcher RAT and ERA disaster has only slowed – but still stinks

        Same thing is happening in my other non RB league as well.

        I missed Vargas’s shutout win this week in our league. He was on my bench when I returned later that day. – even though I had him up when I left. I was fuming. – not the first time either.

        Nothing to be done about it – but to double check now – Have you heard of others having this problem?

          • Jay

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            @Ghost of the Disappeared: Sorry, you disappeared on me… haha. I think it’s just you on that. Chris Carter just hit a home run after you said that… hate some more. We both need it…

  16. JJ says:
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    Hey Jay.
    I have C.Hamels coming off of the DL tomorrow and am trying to decide who to drop?
    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    3B-A.RAMIREZ
    SS-H.RAMIREZ
    OF-M.KEMP
    OF-D.BROWN
    OF-D.JENNINGS
    UTIL-A.JACKSON, A.EATON
    BENCH-B.LAWRIE, K.DAVIS

    SP-F.FERNANDEZ
    SP-M.BUMGARNER
    SP-G.COLE
    RP-F.RODNEY
    RP-L.HAWKINS
    P-J.BROXTON
    P-A.CASHNER
    BENCH-J.SAMARDIJA, M.GARZA, R.PORCELLO, D.SMYLY
    DL-C.HAMELS
    DL-A.CHAPMAN

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @JJ: Probably Garza… you have lots of pitching… have you tried to trade any?

      • JJ says:
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        @Jay:
        not yet. I like to have strong pitching in a H2H league. although was thinking of trying to move Cashner after his hot start

        • Jesse Barfield says:
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          @JJ: I’ve met a lot of cats who under value pitching in H2H. My ring proved them wrong last year… Just out of curiosity, how is your team doing this year. With the exception of Zack Cranky and Sonny Grey, we literally have the same team.

  17. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    Who would you take: Morneau, Ozuna, leonys, Eric Young, Dozier

    Second league: Allen Craig, Altuve in addition to the others above.

    Would you drop Hosmer for any of the above? Abreu is my primary 1b right now…

    Would you drop Tillman or Ventura to stash Cobb (my starting rotation is strong so I can afford to gap a pitcher…)

      • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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        @Jay: Ventura probably Tillman? My problem with Hosmer is I can’t really start him–it’s either him or Abreu, my Util is Longoria.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Battle of the Sleepers: Yeah, type. I meant Tillman. Probably Ozuna then… but if you have the spot, I might wait till he gets hot and try to flip him.

          • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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            @Jay: everyone else has good 1b, position is super deep, I’ve tried. Only guy with someone worse would be the dude starting Morneau, but I doubt he’d trade Harper or puig for him…

  18. Ben says:
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    12 team H2H 5×5. Got offered Justin Upton for A-Gone. I also have Jose Abreu at 1B. What do you think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yeah, I’m fine with that.

  19. theguywholikesfantasybaseball says:
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    Ventura and Heyward for Tanaka?

  20. Alan says:
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    I need help Jay. Yahoo five keeper 6×6 OPS 3OF, 2UT

    Have OF Bautista, J Up, Yelich, Pagan, Rajai, A Gordon; UT Belt, Ortiz

    Stuck with Seager at 3B

    Cool to trade J Up for E5?

    Thank you in advance

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Alan: in a heartbeat.

      • Alan says:
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        @Jay: How about David Wright?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Alan: Sure. But I’d want to lose Upton first.

          • Alan says:
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            @Jay: Sorry i meant trade J Up for Wright

  21. splartch says:
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    please rank these starters in a roto 6×6 with k/9

    cliff lee
    jose fernandez
    masahiro tanaka
    ervin santana
    alex wood

    trying to sort out who i deal to upgrade my batting

    many thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @splartch: fernandez, tanaka, lee……….. wood, santana.

  22. Principal Blackman says:
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    Skyline Chili is the absolute worst. You are not wrong, Jay.

  23. John says:
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    Just traded Jennings and Mous for Austin Jackson in a really deep league..good trade?!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @John: I’d want Jennings.

  24. Joe G says:
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    Jay would you start tyson ross against brewers in milwuakee? I think you aré a padre fan but whats your real opinión?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Joe G: I wouldn’t. Brewers are hot right now.

  25. Alan says:
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    Wright enough in return for J Up? Go after Wright or E5 first for J Up? Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Alan: Yeah, I’m fine with either. Though, my first target would be E5.

  26. MB says:
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    Think Frazier could have a donaldson esque breakout? Look at his HR per FB and FBs hit, he could reach 30

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MB: for an outlier season, sure.

  27. The Vaporizers says:
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    A poor man’s Desmond Jennings? How much poorer can you get? His stats are on welfare, yo!

  28. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    JAY!!!! Great Article!!

    http://www.royalsreview.com/2011/2/14/1992424/success-and-failure-rates-of-top-mlb-prospects

    The only thing he fails to discuss IMO is the failure rate of ranked players who have not progressed through MiLB to it’s highest levels vs those who have risen. Shocking numbers there.

    My pet tarnished starlet reality theory. Closely, associated with my forgotten or lost starlet nugget theory.

    It drives me nutz reading these prospect lists filled with under 20 YOs – 3-5 years away from touching MLB..

    Right now, I do believe MLB.Com’s lists are about the most realistic -Most private ones are on the level of pure dream state fantasy.

    • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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      @Ghost of the Disappeared:

      The Sacramento Jay Wrong Fan Club sadly has had to postpone indefinitely its inaugural meeting – due to difficulties in identifying your local fan base.

      We (royal) will keep trying though.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ghost of the Disappeared: Indeed. Look at the Mariners attrition rate at this point. They either bust or injure themselves.

  29. maddon says:
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    Im in a dynasty keeper lesgue, 12 teams, 25 man active rosters, and 40 total…should I trade will myers , farquhar and three second round picks for nick Castellanos, joey gallo, Raul mondesi, and Tyler skaggs??

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @maddon: are you competing this year? If so, no. But if you are rebuilding or can take the hit, I would, yeah.

  30. Ron says:
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    In full disclosure, I really like to get multiple opinions from you guys cause you all bring something different to the table that makes me think before I act. I have already reached out to Grey and J-FOH so just looking for one more great FBB mind on this.

    My H2H points league is -1 for strikeouts and I have two offers on the table.

    Trade #1: Cargo/Harper for Freeman/J. Upton
    Trade #2: Cano for Freeman

    These are my bats:
    C: Perez
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Everth
    OF: Trout, J. Upton, Werth
    UTIL: Pujols, A-Gon
    BN: B. Moss, Rizzo, Walker
    DL: R. Zimmerman
    NA: Baez

    Which one of these trades would it be better for me to take? Or could I be better to just HOLD for now and decline both?

    Thanks for helping a brother out!

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