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JML Update, games of 8/17/17

Posted on: August 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Back from a great trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown where I spoke about the Hank Greenberg book. More on that in a separate entry.

But, my, what a lousy night for the trio of MOT who appeared yesterday (plus one as a DR).

As they frequently say about games at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the wind was blowing out. Scott Feldman, recently off the DL and still having knee issues, lasted just 3.2 innings for the visiting Cincinnati Reds (51-71) and five of the seven hits he allowed left the yard. In all, he gave up six earned runs and stuck out one. If there’s a positive note it’s that no one was really that much better (misery loves company). Final score: Reds 13, Cubs 10. But more alarming: could this be Feldman’s last game as a Red? Or last game, period? Sad, if so.

Although he wasn’t actually charged with the loss, Brad Goldberg gave up what proved to be the “losing” run as the Chicago White Sox were bested by the host Texas Rangers, 9-8. He walked four and gave up a hit in just two-thirds of an inning.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 as the Houston Astros (74-47) continue their doldrums, shut out 4-0 at the hands of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kevin Pillar appeared as a defensive replacement for the Toronto Blue Jays (59-62) in their 5-3 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (54-65) in their 10-4 win over the host Colorado Rockies.

Could Joc Pederson‘s days as a Dodger be numbered? Now that Adrian Gonzalez is returning to action and with Cody Bellinger going lights-out, what does that mean for the streaky Joc?

And the war of words continues for Ian Kinsler, who was ejected from a game a few days ago by umpire Angel Hernandez for apparently arguing balls and strikes. Kinsler thinks Hernandez should look for a new line of work. The incident was deemed hot enough to be included in a segment on Pardon the Interruption where co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon kinda/sorta stood up for the ballplayer in questioning the arbiter’s ability without actually calling him incompetent. There are others who hold opinions similar to Kinsler and based on the number of hits that came up in a Google search, they may have a point. So do you think there was a lot of pressure on Kinsler to shake hands with Hernandez at the Wednesday game? If the baseball thing doesn’t work out for Ian anymore, there’s always this.

JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of 8/11-8/13, 2017)

Posted on: August 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Scott Feldman returned to action, as it were, when he started for the Cincinnati Reds (49-69) on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers (61-59). Feldman pitched just four innings, giving up three runs on a walk and seven hits including a home run. On the plus side, he also struck out six. Feldman did not figure in the decision as Milwaukee won in 10 innings, 6-5.

Ryan Braun hit his 13th homer in that one, but it didn’t come off his landsman. All told, Braun was 5-for-12 with the home run, two doubles, two walks, four runs scored, and two RBI, inching closer to the coveted — if out-of-favor — .300 batting average. It was his first long-ball in more than a dozen games and puts him two shy of the 300-club.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-7 with two walks, a run scored, a stolen base, and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (56-61) took two of three from the visiting Pittsburgh Pirate.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-9 in the first two games of the series between the Detroit Tigers (53-64) and the visiting Minnesota Twins. He did not play in yesterday’s finale — won by the Twins to take the set, 2-1 — as an aftereffect of being hit on the hand by a pitch the previous day.

Alex Bregman was 2-for-11 with two runs scored and an RBI as the Houston Astros continue to struggle, even though they still have the best record in the AL at 72-45. Prior to yesterday’s win against the host Arizona Diamondbacks, they had lost five in a row and seven of their last 10.

Max Fried threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Atlanta Braves (52-63) in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals, walking one and striking out one.

Brad Goldberg had another sloppy showing on Sunday as the Chicago White Sox (45-70) lost to the visiting KC Royals, 14-6. Goldberg pitched the final two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and three walks. It was his only appearance for the weekend.

Richard Bleier retired the only batter he faced for the Baltimore Orioles (58-60) in their 5-4 loss to the host Oakland As on Friday. Yesterday he endured a rare bad outing, giving up a two-run homer in 1.1 innings in another loss.

Danny Valencia did not get a single at-bat over the weekend for the Seattle Mariners (59-60), who were swept by the visiting LA Angels in a series that began Thursday. No injury, just supplanted by their new first-base acquisition in Yonder Alonso.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-7 for the LA Dodgers (83-34) who took two of three from the visiting San Diego Padres. He has just one hit in his last 32 at-bats. But the only game they lost was the one in which Pederson did not appear (Friday night).

 

JML Update, Games of 8/10/17

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 and drove in the third run of the game for the Toronto Blue Jays (54-60) in their 4-0 shutout over the visiting NY Yankees.

Ryan Braun singled twice in four trips to the plate as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-58) lost to the visiting Minnesota Twins, 7-2.

Alex Bregman split time between third base and shortstop, going 1-for-4 with a walk as the Houston Astros (71-43) continue to sputter, relatively speaking. While they have the best record in the American league, they have lost seven of their last 10 games. including last night’s 3-2, 11-inning defeat at the hands of the host Chicago White Sox (4-68). Brad Goldberg lowered his ERA to under 9.00 with 2/3 of an inning of work in which he walked one.

Ian Kinsler was hitless in four at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (52-62) lost the rubber game of their series to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5.

Joc Pederson was also 0-for-4 but his LA Dodgers (81-33) beat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-6.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Seattle Mariners lost to the visiting LA Angels, 6-3.

Richard Bleier had a bit of an off night: he allowed two hits in a walk and retired just one batter as the Baltimore Orioles (57-58) beat the visiting Oakland As, 7-2.

No games for Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves. The Cincinnati Reds may activate Scott Feldman from the disabled list as early as tomorrow.

A couple pf days ago I mentioned that MLB will feature a “player’s weekend” starting Aug. 25 during which which the athletes will be allowed to wear whatever nickname they like on the backs of the jerseys. Braun will supposedly wear “Ocho,” since he wears “8” as his number. Booooooring. It would have been much cooler if he wore “Hebrew Hammer,” or at least “Hammer,” if the Hebrew part might go against some policy. I hope to be able to compile a last of what all the JMLS wore, after the fact.

Finally, in the shameless self-promotion department: Local boy makes good.

 

 

JML Update, Games of 8/3/2017

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Congrats to Ian Kinsler. He joined the rest of the MOTs by hitting his 10th home run of the year to lead off the game. He also walked and scored another run in four plate appearances as the Detroit Tigers (50-57) beat the host Baltimore Orioles (53-55), 7-5. It was the fifth time this year and 45th in his career he began a game with a bang.  Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Orioles, allowing one hit.

Danny Valencia hit his 12th home run and 17th double for the Seattle Mariners (55-55), who lost to the host KC Royals, 6-4. Valencia, who also walked and scored an additional run, leads all JMLs with 54 RBI. The solo shot — an opposite field job — came in the fourth inning to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead but had to be reviewed before becoming official.

Alex Bregman had two singles and a double (#27) in four at-bats, scoring once and driving in a run, but the Houston Astros (69-39) nevertheless lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3.

Brad Goldberg gave up a run on two hits in 1.1 innings and still got his ERA down, to an even — if ugly — 9.00 as the Chicago White Sox (41-65) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 9-5.

Joc Pederson popped up on the first pitch he saw as a pinch-hitter as the LA Dodgers (76-32) beat the host Atlanta Braves, 7-4.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (57-53) in their 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. The other Ryan (Lavarnway) did not appear for the Oakland As (48-61) in their 11-2 loss to the host San Francisco Giants. Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays had the day off.

JML update, Games of July 31, 2017

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

So despite all the rumors, none of the MOTs moved prior to the non-waiver trade deadline yesterday at 4 p.m.

Brad Goldberg had the best outing of his young major league career, getting his ERA under 10 thanks to two innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one. The Chicago White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays (49-57), 7-6. In fact, the Pale Hose scored all their runs over the last three frames to overcome the six-run deficit. Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Busy night for Alex Bregman. He singled twice, walked once, scored three runs, and drove in two, one coming on a sacrifice fly, as the Houston Astros (69-36) beat the visiting Tamp Bay Rays, 14-7.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 as the Detroit Tigers (47-57) lost to the host NY Yankees, 8-3.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Seattle Mariners (54-43) beat the host Texas Rangers, 6-4.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (51-54) in their 2-1 win over the visiting KC Royals. yan Lavarnway did not appear for the Oakland As (47-59) in their 8-5 win over the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, and Scott Feldman‘s teams had the day off.

Finally, here’s the latest “Minor-League Monday” report from Jewish Baseball News.

JML Update, Games of July 26, 2017

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

A bleak day except for one brief shining moment.

Joc Pederson hit his 11th home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning to put the LA Dodgers on the board in a game that they would eventually win, 6-5, over the visiting Minnesota Twins to put them 40 games over .500 at 71-31. It was the only hit for Pederson in three at bats (he came out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth).

In fact it was the only hit for a MOT, period.

  • Ryan Braun, 0-for-4 in an 8-5 loss by the Milwaukee Brewers (54-49) to the host Washington Nationals.
  • Ian Kinsler, 0-for-2 in a 16-2 blowout for the Detroit Tigers (45-55) to the visiting KC Royals. He came out for a defensive replacement after the Royals scored nine runs in the top of the seventh.
  • Kevin Pillar, 0-for-3 in the Toronto Blue Jays (47-54) come-from-behind 3-2 win over the visiting Oakland A’s, scoring all their runs ion a two-run homer and a solo blast in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Danny Valencia, 0-for-4 in a 4-0 shutout loss by the Seattle Mariners (51-52) to the visiting Boston Red Sox.
  • The bad performances weren’t limited to just the hitters. Brad Goldberg gave up a run on three hits and a walk (one strikeout) in 1.2 innings of the Chicago White Sox’s 8-3 loss to the visiting Cubs. Given all those men on base, it’s surprising he gave up only one run. His ERA is now 14.73 and you wonder how much longer he’ll remain with the team. Then again, with the Pale Hose 20 games under .500 (39-59), might as well let him get this out of his system.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles  (48-53) in their 5-1 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays. Alex Bregman missed last night’s 9-0 loss by his Houston Astros (67-34) to the host Philadelphia Phillies. He’s listed as day-to-day and might be back on Friday. According to a UPI report (who knew there’s still a UPI?), “Reds RHP Scott Feldman (right knee) is making progress with his throwing program. Manager Bryan Price said Feldman would join the team this weekend in Miami to continue his rehab.”

And here’s a bizarre incident, non-JML related, but entertaining nonetheless. You know, the announcers complained, but if you’re gonna show up the umpires — who traditionally have little sense in the humor department — you have to expect something like this. And get off my lawn.

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JML Update, Weekend Edition (July 21-23, 2017)

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Alex Bregman hit his ninth home run of the year. The solo blast came in the Houston Astros (65-33) 8-4 win on Friday over the host Baltimore Orioles (47-51). It was one of his two hits in 11 at bats (plus a walk) as the Astros took two of the three games. Richard Bleier appeared for the Birds that night and was roughed up a bit: two earned runs on six hits (including a home run, although not by Bregman) in 2.2 innings. Maybe they’re pushing him a bit to see how he might do as a starter.

Ryan Braun did not start for the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday but more than made up for his absence the next day with a 3-for-3 performance against the host Philadelphia Phillies that include his 12th double, good for two runs; his 12th homer (a two-run shot in the fifth); a single; a walk; a stolen base (#6); and four RBI. He came out of the game in the seventh with the Milwaukee Brewers up 8-1, but the Phillies fought back, pushing over four in the seventh and three in the eighth to tie the score. The Brewers (53-48) won in their finals ups, 9-8. Braun was 1-3 on Sunday with a run-scoring double (#13) in a 6-3 loss as the Phils took two of the three matches.

Kevin Pillar joined the home run festivities, hitting #11 for the only run in yesterday’s 8-1 loss by the Toronto Blue Jays (44-54) to the host Cleveland Indians. In total, Pillar had two hits in 11 at-bats as the Jays lost all three games.

So that’s three MOTS with double-digit home runs already (including Danny Valencia) with three more (including Bregman) sitting on nine. Barring a catastrophe, that means all six “regulars” will have 10 or more, which has to be a record. I’ll do the research (unless someone else volunteers). I’m also guessing it will be a new high-mark for total Jewish home runs in a season, and that includes Hank Greenberg’s 58 in 1938. Hey, someone should write a book about that.

As for the rest of the gang…

Ian Kinsler was 4-for-13 with a double (16) two runs scored, and two RBI as the Detroit Tigers (45-52) took two of three from the Minnesota Twins (49-48). Might he join Braun on the Brewers (assuming Milwaukee doesn’t trade their Jewish slugger)? Craig Breslow appeared and not very well. On Friday he gave up two hits and a run in one inning in a 6-3 loss and yesterday he walked one and gave up a hit and allowed to inherited runners to score in 2/3 of an inning in a 9-6 loss. So the Twins designated the veteran lefty for assignment.

Chicago White Sox (38-57) reliever Brad Goldberg also had a tough time of it. He gave up a home run in his only appearance, the eighth inning of a 9-2 loss to the host KC Royals on Saturday. On the positive side, he did fan Alex Gordon to end the frame, his first strikeout as a Major Leaguer.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-12 with a run, an RBI, and six strikeouts as the Seattle Mariners (49-51) lost two of the final three games in their four-game set to the visiting NY Yankees.

Joc Pederson was 1-for-7 (he did not start the first game) as the LA Dodgers (68-31) took two of three after the visiting Atlanta Braves broke their 11-game winning streak on Friday.

Scott Feldman remains on the disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds.

 

JML Update, Games of July 19, 2017

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Baby steps: Brad Goldberg lowered his ERA from 108.00 to a mere 36.00 by tossing scoreless relief for 2/3 of an inning as the Chicago White Sox (3854) lost to the LA Dodgers (66-29), 9-1, in a game that ended in the eighth because of rain. Joc Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement was hitless in one trip to the plate — against Brad Goldberg.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Seattle Mariners (48-48) continue their hot play (relatively speaking) with a 4-1 win over the host Houston Astros (63-32). Alex Bregman was 2-for-3 with a walk and his ninth stolen base for the ‘Stros.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (43-51) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 5-1. Sorry, no defensive highlights to see here.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 with a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (43-50) lost to the host KC Royals, 4-3.

Ryan Braun — dealing with wrist and calf issues — had the game off as the Milwaukee Brewers (52-45) lost to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, in 10 innings.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (48-46) in their 6-1 win over the visiting NY Yankees. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (10-2) in their 10-2 win over the visiting Texas Rangers. Scott Feldman is on the DL for the Cincinnati Reds (40-54). They beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, in 11.

And this is a few days late, but here’s the Minor-League Monday entry from Jewish Baseball News.

JML Update, Games of July 18, 2017

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ian Kinsler continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-t with a double (#14) and a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (43-49) beat the host KC Royals, 9-3. And kudos for being named the Tigers’ 2017 recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award for the second year in a row. The award given by the MLB Players Alumni Association honors active players who “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”

Kevin Pillar had two singles in six at bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (43-50) lost 5-4 to the Boston Red Sox in 15 innings on a walk off home run by Hanley Ramirez. Pillar also made a nice running catch in the fourth.

Ryan Braun singled and scored a run but the Milwaukee Brewers (52-44) fell to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored as the Houston Astros (63-31) beat the visiting Seattle Mariners (47-48), 6-2. Danny Valencia was hitless in four trips to the plate for the losers.

Joc Pederson struck out in two of his three at-bats and came out for a pinch hitter in the eighth as the LA Dodgers (65-29) held on to the only run of the game — scored in the first inning — over the host Chicago White Sox.

Welcome back, Craig Breslow. The lefty-reliever gave up a hit and a walk in his one-third of an inning for the Minnesota Twins (47-46) but he did strand his inherited runner in a 6-3 loss to the visiting NY Yankees.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (44-49) in their 12-1 dismantling of the visiting Texas Rangers.

Scott Feldman is on the disabled list (knee inflammation) for the Cincinnati Reds. They lost, 11-2, to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

And, sorry, but why is the fact that Wrigley Field will now offer kosher cuisine a thing these days? Chicago is a major metropolis with the fourth largest Jewish population in the U.S. according to the 2014 American Jewish Yearbook.

And speaking of Chicago, looks like the White Sox are giving Brad Goldberg — he of the 108.00 ERA for giving up four runs in 1/3 of an inning in his Major league debut (and only game) — another shot. Here’s hoping he can stick around a little longer this time.

Finally, is this the end of the baseball road for Super Sam Fuld? Sad to think that’s all for this fan favorite and defensive wiz but he hints at that possibility in this interview with the Cape Cod Times. (HT to Scott Barancik of the Jewish Baseball News site for the last two items.)

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JML Update: A “Mid-Season” Review

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Put in quotes because it’s technically not the midseason, but close enough for government work.

First of all, a correction: there have been 11 MOTs in the Majors this year, not 12. I had inadvertently counted names rather than players in included Scott Feldman twice since he appears on the JewishBaseballNews box score as a pitcher and a batter.

So, on with the show. Stats courtesy Baseball-Reference.com.

If you don’t have your health…

Ryan Braun has missed more than half of the Milwaukee Brewers’ 91 games so far. All things being equal — a phrase I love to use — he could be among the league leaders in home runs. If nothing dramatic happens in the second half, he’ll join Hank Greenberg and Sean Green as the only Jews with 300 or more home runs. A bit tougher will be the 40 RBIs he needs for 1,000. He was placed on the 10-day DL (which is a misnomer, since he spent a lot more than 10 days there the second time) twice in May for a calf strain that stills bothers.

 

 

Alex Bregman is going through some growing pains for the Houston Astros. You may recall he got off to a horrendous start as a rookie before catching fire. This season, he’s probably been somewhat of a disappointment to himself and the team. Fortunately, the Astros are doing so well, few seem to be worried about him. And with a good second half he could wind up with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. Knock wood, he’s been one of the healthy ones.

 

 

Ian Kinsler spent some time on the DL with a hamstring issue. His absence was more notable because the Tigers are doing so poorly. His name has popped up in trade rumors. Always a streaky guy, he had a little string of three games with home runs (June 20-22) and only one since. He has a way to go before joining Greenberg, Ryan, and, presumably, Braun, in the 300 club.

Last but least, there’s Brad Goldberg of the Chicago White Sox. he made his only Major League appearance — maybe for his career — on June 3 against the Tigers in which he gave up four runs on a walk and three hits (including a home run) in just one-third of an inning for an ERA of 108.00 and a whip of 12.000.
 

 

Ryan Lavarnway, one of the favorites for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, got a brief call-up by the Oakland A’s when catcher Josh Phegley went on paternity leave. Lavarnway was 0-for-2 in his only game and was designated for assignment on July 8.

 

 

Joc Pederson was a head case for the LA Dodgers, placed on the DL for a concussion he suffered when he collided with Yasiel Puig on a play in the field. Despite his obvious power and superior defensive skills, he’s missed a fair amount of games for righty-lefty reasons.

 

 

Kevin Pillar didn’t miss time because of a physical injury he received, but rather an emotional and societal one he inflicted when he uttered a homophobic remark at an opposing player. That caused quite a reaction outside the normal baseball rank and file, as one might expect. The Toronto Blue Jays have no questions about his glovework, but his offense is extremely inconsistent. At one point before his suspension, Pillar was hitting .303; now it’s .256. The team has shuffled him all over the lineup, mostly in the leadoff spot where he had an on-base percentage of just .306, but also sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth. That’s a big difference in responsibilities. Pillar has a good shot at the “20/20” club … if he can stay healthy.

 

 

Danny Valencia has been brilliant and disappointing. He’s enjoyed several multi-hit games for the Seattle Mariners — his seventh team in eight seasons — including four each of four and three hits. And his 43 RBIs leads all Jewish players. Knock wood, he hasn’t been on the DL and could set career-highs in most offensive categories.

 

 

So quickly summing up the batters, apart from Lavarnway, every one of the batters should reach 10 home runs easy, maybe even 15. Twenty might be asking a lot.

Richard Breier has to be the most pleasant surprise among the JMLs. The lefty reliever for the Baltimore Orioles has appeared in 25 games and has acquitted himself most admirably. Okay, so he’s not blowing anyone away with just 14 strikeouts, and yes he does have a relatively high WHIP (walks + hits per inning pitched), but he gets the job done much more often than not.

 

 

Craig Breslow was going along swimmingly until his last few games when he just seemed to fall apart. On May 28, he had an ERA of 1.47. The next day it rose to 2.89 after he gave up three runs in just one-third of an inning. A blip, perhaps, since he pitched scoreless ball in his next two outings. But since June 11, Breslow as given up 11 earned runs in just eight innings. And he ended up on the disabled list. Here’s hoping for a full recovery and a trip to his usually reliable self.

 

 

Scott Feldman has always been an anomaly to me. One game he’s great, the next he’s terrible. He’s always given up his share of home runs (153), so there’s little margin for error, especially with a team like the Cincinnati Reds who are last in the NL Central. As the saying goes, he pitches just well enough to lose. As the only pitcher who gets to bat on a regular basis, Feldman is just 1-for-31 with 15 strikeouts, a far cry from his season with the Cubs in which he hit .176 with two doubles, his only home run, and eight RBIs. He also could wind up being trade bait.

   
 

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