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Jair Jurrjens went for an MRI the other day.  Results came back negative, which is oddly enough a positive.  That’s nice.  I wouldn’t go near him with your fantasy baseball team.  I don’t wish ill on anyone, except for Jamie Kennedy.  If you want risk, leave the mayo out in the sun for three hours.  If you want to win your fantasy baseball league, don’t go drafting a guy who’s already getting MRIs.  The list of players who have had arm problems in February and have gone on to have solid seasons is one:  Luke Appling, but he was a total hypochondriac and probably didn’t have any arm problems to begin with.  I’ve dropped Jar-Jar out of my top 40 starters for 2010 fantasy baseball and took 40 innings away from his projections.  Anyway, here’s some more goings-on for fantasy baseball:

Johnny Damon – My guess is the Tigers will get their Damon. I’ve already ranked Damon in my top 300 for 2010 fantasy baseball and really don’t think his value changes wherever he signs, assuming it’s not back at The Stadium Next Door To The House That Ruth Built.  Raburn’s value will be hurt if Damon goes to Motown, which is a shame because Raburn had some intriguing upside.  Oh, well, so sad.

Austin Jackson – Looks set to leadoff.  This is good for his value, but, to keep your hopes in check, I point you in the direction of Jordan Schafer’s April last year.

Eric Young Jr. – Early word out of Rockies camp is EY Jr. will not make the opening day roster.  Now all the hearts around Young’s name on my Trapper Keeper look really dumb.  I hate you, Melvin Mora.

Koji Uehara – Headed to the bullpen.  This will give him more time to make his delicious Korean tacos.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – May not be ready for the start of the season.  Somewhere the guy who had to sew the letters on the back of Salty’s jersey shakes his fist at the sky.

Wade Davis – Rays are reporting that Davis will be able to throw 200 innings in the majors this year.  This comes the same week Verducci shook his skull cane at him.  I think Davis will land somewhere in the middle like Monie and Malcolm.  I’m leaving him and his projections alone for now.  Definitely still someone to look at late, but you don’t want to go friending only AL East pitchers anyway.

Ted Lilly – Having an MRI for his knee.  This is in addition to the shoulder surgery he’s recovering from.  Sounds awesome.  Maybe he can get mono from Casey Kotchman next.  I’d stash Lilly on a DL if he were around at the end of a draft, but don’t go crazy with yourself.

Josh Hamilton – Three root canals in the last three days.  Sounds like someone likes the nitrous oxide a little too much.

Kelvim Escobar - Unable to grip a baseball with his right hand.  That never stopped Jim Abbott.

  1. Luke W says:
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    First comment woot!

  2. Steve says:
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    Ah yes, but Uehara becomes that most prized of possessions of MR. Bs that count Holds – an RP with SP eligibility.

    Actually, no one (least of all me) really gives a rat’s arse about that, but I wanted to subscribe to the post and I try to at least pretend to bring some relevance to these discussions.

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    lilly gets no love so i was targetting him,ive learned my lesson on young arms(davis)and the abbout comment might require a few hail marry,s

  4. Real Tom says:
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    bummed about Jurjens and Lilly, because now people will go after pitchers that I wanted. Lilly’s fine, but I never go after him.

  5. Byrone says:
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    omg, noyoudinint just reference “monie in the middle”

  6. sturock578 says:
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    For what its worth, johan says the rumor about escobar is not true. Says he played catch with him.

  7. TimSTi says:
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    “That never stopped Jim Abbott.”

    Already have a line of the year contender and the season hasn’t even started yet.

  8. matthole says:
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    Hamilton=MLBs version of Bubbles

  9. mikey boy324 says:
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    i like davis a lot this year as a late round flier..grey whats your thoughts about joe saunders this year is he worth a late round flier?

  10. matthole says:
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    better DL stash: Lilly or Bedard?

  11. matthole says:
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    pitching coach Rich Dubee on Cole Hamels: “The success won’t come back until the demeanor changes. The attitude and the focus.”

    encouraging….

  12. KyleJames says:
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    I don’ comment much but I lol’d (did I really just type that) at the Jim Abbott reference.

  13. WorldBFree says:
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    Damn, you deserve some credit for your Monie in the middle reference.

  14. brett says:
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    Re: Jim Abbot – Ha!

    Do any of you guys know of a good comprehensive list of Fantasy relevant injuries?

  15. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @matthole: Yikes. Is Cole turning into a headcase?

  16. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Tigers do not have Damon yet. The Chicago Sun Times stated they’d be surprised if Damon didn’t go to the Sox. I don’t get the Sox interest beyond driving up Detroit’s price. Where would they put Damon? Their OF is full.

    Also, if Damon is signed by Detroit I still hope they bat Jackson at the bottom of the order. The kid doesn’t need to be thrown into the fire like that.

  17. @matthole: I would lean toward Bedard personally…

    @matthole:I’ve heard a lot of grumblings along this line about Hamels for a while now, nothing too new

  18. Matt Tweeters says:
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    hey can i ask a dumb Yahoo question re: stashing

    weird you should mention Lilly. i was thinking about him and Volquez this morning. if Volquez goes undrafted in my keeper leaague i was thinking about taking him with my last pick and waiting for August.

    i cant remember how Yahoo works at the start of a season. would a sidelined pitcher come up as NA or DL? because i cant burn a bench spot that long.

  19. Commish Cauda says:
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    ***20-team dynasty contract league***

    We can keep up to three players picked up as free agents the previous year and assign them one 1-year, 2-year and 3-year contracts, respectively.

    I’ve already decided to give Chris Carter, 1B, OAK the 3-year. But I am having a hard time deciding on which two of the following three players to keep, and who to give the 2-year contract?

    Melky Cabrera
    Alberto Callaspo
    Ian Desmond

    Whoever I do not keep, I’ll try to trade to a team that doesn’t have any decent free agent keepers.

  20. kwak says:
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    The Sox can definitely use Damon. He’d be a perfect fit. He’ll trade starts in the OF with Q and hit #2 behind Pierre. Or if Pierre flops, he can leadoff. It gives an opportunity to spell Q at DH without relying on uber-schmohawks Kotsay and Jones.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ha!

    @sean: I’m not clicking on that link. I’d prefer to get Rick Rolled 300 times in a row.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Lilly’s going to miss the first month of the season. Caveat emptor.

    @Byrone: Hehe

    @TimSTi: Thanks!

    @matthole: Ha!

    @mikey boy324: No on Saunders. Prefer a Floyd, Buehrle, Penny, etc.

    @matthole: Oh, Hamels will be good this year.

    @KyleJames: Thanks!

    @WorldBFree: Word.

    @brett: This site’s kinda crazy:

    http://www.baseballinjurytool.com/

    You might lose 3 hours there, sorry.

    @Frank Rizzo: re: Hamels — Sounds kinda like that, right?

    @matthole: Bedard

    @Matt Tweeters: He’d be DL’d, just a matter of Yahoo DL’ing him.

    @Commish Cauda: Desmond — two years, Callaspo — one year.

  22. Just Another Steve aka El Jefe says:
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    What Kwak says. When you’re worried about Kotsay and Andruw losing at-bats, then you’re worrying about the wrong things.

  23. Tony says:
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    someone did not post FIRST did they? wow

    what is this espn? yahoo? LOL

    @grey- a commentor just mentioned something about damon fitting in the white sox line up, is there rumors of them looking at getting him? Or is that just a “dream” of that commentor?

    and whats the ceiling for austin jackson?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Yeah, White Sox are in the runnng. As I said above though, don’t think it changes Damon’s value.

    Ceiling for what career? This year? He’s a very light power, light speed guy right now.

  25. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Tony: there are rumors of it on yahoo

  26. brett says:
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    @Smokey!: @Grey: Woah! Thanks. I’ll definitely be spending some time there.

    All I need right now though is a list of everyone who’s currently injured. I’d hate to draft someone like Jurrjens without realizing he has a gimp shoulder, y’know?

  27. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey: The crack about Abbott was fine, but nobody mentioned the Heading; combining Jurgens lotion and South Pacific was brilliant, if whacked. There haven’t been any insults of Pete Grey in awhile. Actually, I find it rather amazing that a guy with one arm had a career BA over .218. He actually surpassed the Mendoza Line! Of course, all deaf and mute pitchers in the 19th century all were nicknamed “Dummy”.

    One comment on Hamilton. As a former Addictions Specialist, the relapse rate for crack addicts is incredibly high. And he punctured the dam by drinking a year or so ago. Drafting him is beyond high risk.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: “Of course, all deaf and mute pitchers in the 19th century all were nicknamed “Dummy”.” – Ha!

  29. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey:Dummy Hoy was probably the best of them, although he wasn’t a pitcher. He stole over 600 bases in the 1880′s. SAGNOF! Dummy Taylor won over 100 games for John McGraw’s Giants. There were quite a few others, but those were the ones I recall off the top of my head. Taylor’s manager – i think it was McGraw, but I’m not sure, learned sign language to communicate with him. In one game, the umpire saw them signing to each other, suspected that they were talking about him, and threw them both out of the game. True story.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: That’s awesome, now I know who to turn to when I want to write the throwback roundup.

    Speaking of dummies, anyone watch this Tiger press conference? His badly rehearsed head shakes like he’s ashamed are pathetic.

    EDIT: Word.

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: yeah he entertained me last year in the rcl league with some great stories

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: what league you in this year?might still be an opening in our keeper auction league if your interested

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You gotta watch Tiger… Now that’s entertainment.

    It’s Ellin and I, you dummkopf!

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: he bored me,ellin on idol hasnt been bad,not as hot as ellin woods but entertaining

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: She’s been all right, I feel like she’s trying a little too hard.

  36. Tony says:
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    @Grey: ya i was asking what type of guy is austin jackson, 20/20, 15/35, etc…..?

    i guess more for the future, bc i wouldn’t expect much this year as you said….

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: ive never liked her and expected worse,i liked it early on with weekly subs

  38. Old Rungo says:
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    Can someone explain the Luke Appling comment to me? I had to baseball-reference it and I can’t find a pitcher. I think your referencing things from before my time.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: You can search it on site, but I think I have his projections at around 10/20.

  40. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Same old deal with Tiger wasn’t it? Small group of ‘favoured’ reporters in attendance?

  41. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Grey: love to do a throwback piece. Old baseball stories are a hobby of mine.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m in Tony’s One’s are Good Enough $50 League. Tony and Simply Fred are morphing into CHONE. They have charts up their keisters. I’m prolly gonna get my ass whupped. Plus I’m in 3 Yahoo leagues. And I was going to reduce my leagues this year. Just when I was gonna get out, they pull me back in. But I’m sorry we missed out on being in the same league. Things happened so fast, the rush was crazy. Razzball is taking off. Gary (Zairangulus SP?) our league winner, contacted me as well, a bit too late.

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: looked like a ashton kutcher act,rehearsed but sucked

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: The hugs at the end were even rehearsed, and badly. So weird how he can be so coordinated with golf, yet completely awkward shaking hands.

  44. Antrim Warriors says:
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    Re Tiger…it’s almost like these guys don’t learn how to recoup their image. how not to do it, McGwire, Clemens, Rafael, ARod and now Tiger. They are all so fake, it’s sad. and they can’t be themselves because then everyone would hate them.

  45. Old Rungo says:
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    @Grey how do you find this stuff? entertaining article.

  46. ProBeez says:
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    Grey, in a H2H points league, who do you like better long term?

    Alvarez, Jennings, Stanton, Ackley? Someone else?

    I have a minor league keeper pick to make and Heyward/Strasburg are off the board. The player can’t have any MLB experience and I will have the rights to him forever. It is a 12 team league, so I don’t necessarily need my keeper to contribute right away, although it would be nice to catch lightning in a bottle too. I just want the best chance at a Top 20 overall fantasy player in the next 2 years.

    Advice from anyone else is appreciated too.

  47. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: only my second year of roto, which i found out last year its a whole different beast! Been a H2H guy for about 9 years i think? I think with a good razzball base we’re all on about level playing field. Believe me I didn’t want our league to be $50 because I think have some advantage on everyone! If anything I did it to make it interesting, more competitive, and give some incentive for all the work we each do!

    and….I HATE chone. Too conservative, Bill James is too wild, personally all ranks are a crap shoot. You can give a rough guesstimate, but when it comes down to it you cant REALLY predict a Mark Reynolds or a Ryan Braun breakout. With other more proven guys say ADAM DUNN, i dont need chone or anyone to tell me he’s a 40HR guy. YA KNOW.

    Plus chone sounds too much like chode…..

  48. Paulie Allnuts

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    @Old Rungo: @Grey: “Old Aches and Pains” What a great nickname! Taking a gander at Luke’s stats; his best season, 1936, was pretty strange. He batted .388, had 128 RBI’s, an OBP of .474, SLG % of .508, an OPS of .981, but while every one was clubbing homers, Appling had 7 all year! In fact, lifetime, he hit over 1110 RBI’s, but had only 45 Home Runs. Of hand, I don’t know of any other player with that unbelievable discrepancy. Maybe Appling is now David Wright’s role model…

  49. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Tony: Was hoping you were tuning in, so I could tweak you :)

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Old Rungo: Studying for Jeopardy!

    @ProBeez: Well, someone else could be just about anyone, but of those names I like them Jennings, Alvarez, Stanton… in that order.

  51. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Must be that New Zealand caddy of his who lead him astray.
    Biggest laugh of the whole episode for me has been ‘Stevie’ saying he knew nothing about it. Apart from club selection, chicks are all those guys talk about. Golf clubs, I mean.

  52. bill says:
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    @ProBeez: Go with Jesus Montero. Better bat than Wieters (according to Callis) and Heyward (according to Goldstein).

  53. ProBeez says:
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    @bill: Yeah, but the last thing I need is another 1B or DH. No way he stays at C.

    @Grey: Well someone else has to be someone that has never played in the Show….but I get where you are coming from. Thanks for the help.

    I am leaning towards Jennings, but I hate his injury history and am scared I might be missing out on the next big Top 10 slugger in Alvarez.

  54. bill says:
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    @ProBeez: I think Montero has the same chance of sticking at C as Alvarez has of sticking at 3B. Cashman also hinted at trying him out in right. He’s starting the season in AAA, so he’s a Posada/Johnson injury away from PT. The bat is getting Pujols and Miggy Cabrera comps.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ha… The farcical thing is to think he’s going to stop.

  56. Ashley says:
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    If anyone is interested in joining a 3 sport keeper league at Yahoo! send me an e-mail.

    MLB – 5 keepers
    NBA – 5 keepers
    NFL – 3 keepers

    It’s a 10 team league, same managers in all 3 leagues.. 2 open spots.

    My email is blondieash186@yahoo.com

  57. sean says:
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    @Grey: Never gonna give you up!

  58. Tony says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: haha first day back at school ALL WEEK…. i dont post AS MUCH at home…. i’m really busy here today tho too.

    i’m always lurking tho.

  59. sean says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I know that you’re a Tigers’ fan, but I think the ChiSox easily spend on an OF they don’t “need” to make sure that Detroit’s offense stays terrible. Jackson, Sizemore, Cabrera, Maggs, Guillen, Inge, Santiago, Laird? Vomit.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ashley: Hey, it’s our lady reader. Hey, lady reader.

    @sean: Damn you!

    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.******

  61. IowaCubs

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    I’m not down with the Jim Abbott comment at all. Am I overly sensitive? Probably, but this isn’t a site where I come to read political correctness.

    For some reason, I find it to be the coldest line I’ve read on this site for a while.

  62. @IowaCubs: And I giggled, much like my 7 year old niece when someone in the room farted…

  63. Tom Reale says:
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    Would it be fair to say that Appling wasn’t as strong of a fielder as Abbott and Escobar might be more of a hypochondriac?

    PS After just listening to a Charlie Manuel interview: Am I the only one that thinks he loves mustard on his french-fried potaters?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom Reale: Charlie Manual definitely wears overalls. I think Oswalt and him could go on for hours about tractors.

  65. Dingo says:
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    @Grey: Are you referring to the end where he said “between Elin and me”? If so, then I have to side with the sleazeball adulterer over you on this one, Grey. Between is a preposition, so what follows should be the object form — in this case, me instead of I.

    Sorry — just a pet peeve of mine!

  66. Tom Reale says:
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    @Grey: Oswalt to Manuel: I like the way you talk. Manuel to Oswalt and Peavy: I like the way YOU talk. Just keep that sickle away from Doc this year.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dingo: Ha… I’m not sure now… Was watching it while doing other stuff. You and Tiger might be right.

    @Tom Reale: Ha!

  68. Ashley says:
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    Yep, I’m back.. Hello mustache man!

    By the way, 3 root canals in 3 days is nothing. I saw today that Lil Wayne got 8 root canals in 8 hours… Beat that Hamilton!

  69. Grey

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    @Ashley: Sounds like he had a three alarmer on his grill.

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