6/7 – Yankees vs. Royals

Last night was a rough one, as the Yankees failed to capitalize on opportunities and let Darrell Rasner’s gutty effort – a career-high eight innings and 118 pitches, a season-high for any Yankee starter – go by the boards.

Rasner scattered nine hits and used a lot of those pitches early, but he really seemed determined to hang on long enough to get a win. If Jason Giambi doesn’t get rung up on a 3-2 pitch that ended the eighth inning, maybe we’re talking about Rasner’s record at 4-2 rather than 3-3.

Before the game, we were all herded into the public relations office for a conference call with the Yankees’ first-round pick, Gerrit Cole. If there was any doubt about how young Cole really is – he’s 17 – you knew it right away when he started rattling off the names of his favorite Yankees players. Derek Jeter. Bernie Williams. Paul O’Neill. Aaron Boone?

Yankees vice president of scouting Damon Oppenheimer says that he’s pleased with the 51 players the team drafted to replenish the system. The dividends from this draft are a few years down the road, but there’s no better examples than Phil Hughes (2004), Joba Chamberlain (2006) and Ian Kennedy (2006). It’s not as far off as it may seem.

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jhtravers,

The Yanks are Gies’s 5th organization his career. He’s a 31-year old career minor leaguer. Had 9 1/3 IP with a 4.82 with the Giants last season. The only innings he has pitched in his career at the major league level. He had a fluke-like season in the minors this year. I saw him pitch last season, and he really isn’t much. Lets not get excited about this guy like we got excited about Traber, and Phillips, and Patterson, and Hawkins.

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I’m not sure I would rate Cashman as high as 4th best manager in baseball. Like I have said before, it helps to have the Yankees resources to work with, I doubt he can be nearly as good with teams in small markets like Oakland, Kansas City, or Pittsburgh. I don’t like Epstein in any way, shape or form. I merely pointed out his history of success compared to Cashman as he has done a far better job than Cashman has overall. I’m still not convinced about Colon, I think he will still flame out before the end of the season. I have to disagree with you about the pitchers. Yes, young pitchers can be fragile mentally, but that’s why it’s so important to develop mental toughness. Most today’s best pitchers are mentally tough. If young pitchers don’t have mental toughness then they won’t make it at all. The only way for pitchers to learn to pitch in the majors, and become successful is by pitching in the majors regardless of how many lumps they will take. The will never learn that in the minors. One other thing, the A’s don’t go after older, pitchers who are past their prime, it’s not part of their practice. You would have to go back to the mid-90′s to see them with that type of pitcher on their roster. that’s how good their minor league system has been. Thanks to Beane they have been relying on their young, home-grown pitchers for the most part, and they have proven to be very good.

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our schedule this month is a joke. This better be the month for us to bounce back. we’re playing San diego, pittsburgh, cincinati, and the struggling mets. The only good teams we’re playing are oakland and houston. let’s hope we take 2 of 3 from them, and sweep the rest.

p.s. Dammit, we’re playing houston at their stupid ballpark w/ that stupid little hill in center field. It’s going to suck for our defence, especially b/c we’re never used to playing there. But then again we have the best centerfielder in the league, “THE MILKMAN”, Melky cabrera.

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Moose is actually tied in wins with Saunders and Lee. Though the average era is well under Moose’s 4.01. I guees in the end though the outcome was been good when he’s on the mound. A nice note Moose has allowed less HR,BB and ER then Beckett.

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It’s gonna be a tough series against Houston. But for now lets just enjoy 2 in a row! We’ll make it 3 tomorrow with Moose starting. Wow, I never thought that i’d say that. If Moose gets the W tomorrow, would that lead the AL? That would be nuts. Oh and grats to Damon and Giambino for carrying the Yankees the past 2 weeks.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 8, 2008

Syracuse (Blue Jays) 2
Scranton/WB 2 SUSPENDED (8)
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Reading (Phillies) 2
Trenton 3
W: B. Hall (2-2, 2.21); L: J. Kershner (2-2, 3.90)
HR: REA: J. Slayden (6), J. Donald (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_08_reaaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 8
Tampa 9
W: S. Artz (1-2, 2.87); L: F. Samuel (3-3, 2.82); SV: J. Schmidt (4)
HR: PBC: A. Brown (4). TAM: K. Smith (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_08_pbcafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 4
Savannah (Mets) 6
W: S. Moviel (5-7, 5.52); L: N. Castillo (6-3, 3.33)
HR: CHA: A. Krum (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_08_crdafx_savafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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That was a nice gesture by Jorge’ hopefully these guys can take it into account and stop these horrible calls against the Yanks. Did I just hear someone mention Barry Bonds and Yankees in the same sentence? Giese has been constant in his two appearances since and pitched himself into a nice “W”. The Sox won a close one today but are not producing runs as of late, Franconas plan literally sending runners every inning is losing effectiveness. The Devil Rays excuse me “Rays” are down 3-0 opposite the Rangers as of the moment. Has anyone noticed the Rays’ have only Navarro batting .300 or above? Speaking of which despite Mark Texieras abilities as a player of memory he doesn’t have the most pleasant personality. I must say emotionally I’m not prepared to see anyone of are starters being dealt away I never been one for trades though just my random thoughts. Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? I mean Phil that is haven’t heard anything about his progress. Let’s hope Moose can get a team leading ten wins tomorrow, cough. The schedule is favoring the Yankees the upcoming week hopefully the bullets can manage to get back on track while the offense is booming.

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SG,
Above just for you!

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
6/9 - MON - 1P - YANKEES vs Royals  - YES
6/10 - TUE - 10P - YANKEES at Athletics  - YES
6/11 - WED - 10P - YANKEES at Athletics  - YES
6/12 - THU - 10P - YANKEES at Athletics  - YES
6/13 - FRI - 8P - YANKEES at Astros  - MY9
6/14 - SAT - 7P - YANKEES at Astros  - YES
6/15 - SUN - 2P - YANKEES at Astros  - YES

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Alan Horne starting today at SWB.

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And I see a lot written about Oppenheimer. Possible future GM?

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I learned something abou Teixeira yesterday. From the left side, the Phillies overshifted on him, just like Giambi!

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Veras for the 8th over Hawkins and Farnsworth, this is interesting.

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I don’t know where Dan Giese came from, all this guy does is get people out. For our bullpen that is remarkable.

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Joba is showing signs of struggling with his control. To be more effective he needs to get that in line.

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FJR,
The Yankees policy is no contract negotiations during the season for anyone. I doubt they’ll break that for Cashman. And something may happen to make either party change how they currently think.

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I too have heard that NO talks until after the season for Cashman.. + or – (good ?)
Finally our lineup is set, only for the 3rd or 4th time this season.. Hoping Joba can do the job, He’s got a lead now.
We need a big win today, also to shake that 500, once and for all. I’m tired of last place too! Let’s get a move on!
“GO YANKEES”

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BD,
Hank was a little more positive saying that the Yankees and Cashman were both leaning toward a new contract. I forget the exact words but that was the jist.
And my question for Shapiro is why hasn’t he built his own farm system?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 7, 2008

Syracuse (Blue Jays) 0
Scranton/WB 3
W: K. Igawa (6-4, 3.68); L: K. Davis (5-6, 3.48); SV: B. Traber (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_07_syraaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Reading (Phillies) 0
Trenton 4
W: S. Jackson (1-3, 6.39); L: J. Durbin (0-3, 1.82)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_07_reaaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 5
Tampa 7
W: C. Garcia (3-2, 4.38); L: D. Bilardello (2-1, 5.06); SV: K. Whelan (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_07_pbcafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 4
Savannah (Mets) 5 (13)
W: B. Rustich (1-1, 5.40); L: R. Zink (0-1, 3.86)
HR: CHA: J. Montero (7).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_06_07_crdafx_savafx_1
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Hal: “Cashman contract situation to wait until after the season. This is not positive or negative.”

Does this signify the end of the Cashman era in New York? I certainly hope so.

Other GMs possibly on their way out:

Brian Sabean ( Giants )
Padres’ GM
Mark Shapiro ( Indians )

I can’t really think of any others, but If I were Hal and Hank, I’d sign Mark Shapiro. He made the Indians ( a team that, before last season, was another dark horse ) into a playoff contender last year with an average budget. Imagine what he could do with his wit and the Yankee buck? Jeesh. He obviously specialises in pitching, has a keen eye for good offensive studs and young talent. What he lacks is the budget and farm system to get a deal done. The Yankees have both.

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Thank God for Mussina this year, I certainly though he was “done.” I still have faith in Pettite and Wang. Andy’s effort against Cleveland in last years playoffs was a classic. But we’ll need more than those three to win anything this year. So if Hughes and Kennedy can’t produce, I doubt if anyone now in AAA can replace them. Both McCutchen and White are currently struggling!

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Matt,
You’re absolutely right. I do love our team, even when they are mediocre. I disagree though on letting our kids take their lumps at the MLB level. Their spirit can be fragile. Better to get some low cost veterans like Giese and Rasner.

I also thought you liked Epstein so much you would support the Colon experiment. You may know Beane’s stance on way over the hill pitchers. If so please share it.

BTW. The smartest Red Sox fan I know rates Beane first, Epstein second, and Cashman fourth among current GMs.
I only know Beane’s reputation as an astute trader. Your Bay Area sources give you the edge on knowledge of Beane.

And I’ll always remember, with pleasure. the signs at Yankee Stadium which were full Beer mugs to signify the number of strikeouts when Wells pitched.

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Neither pitcher offers anything that the other pitchers who are currently in the Yanks pen can’t, that includes getting hammereds (in Wells’s case more ways than one).

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Your love for mediocrity is showing once again here. Ponson has been total crap his entire career. His stats reflect his mediocrity as they are bloated because he is noathing more than a mediocre pitcher. The pen is full of that already, so why should Crashman waste his time on a pitcher like Ponson who has never shown himself to be a good starter/reliever, all he’ll do is take this team down with him. The same with Wells except he is far too old to be an effective pitcher as his stats have gone up and up over the last few seasons of his career. His stuff is mediocre, and just because he has a “rubber arm” that doesn’t mean anything if he can’t provide quality innings which I doubt he can. I would rather see our homegrown pitchers grow through there own growing pains and take their lumps at the major league level. Also there is a good reason why no one wanted Colon. He is a fat, overweight injury-prone porker. We still don’t know how he will turn out, but regardless it was the smart move for this team not to take their chances with a pitcher like him. Lets stop this love affair with mediocrity. I’m not sure that isn’t a broken “record” in your case, it’s really getting boring.

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This team wouldn’t have won without Damon’s six hits. He literally won thios game for the Yankees. I hope wins start coming a bit easier around here, because nobody is going six for six again any time soon. Great game, good win, but overall: We need to start playing better baseball.

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Also good win today hopefully the Yankees can build off of this one and get themselves goin. They absolutely have to go on a multi game winning streak right about now.

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Yea keswahilli what are you talking about?

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RobertG I was tongue-in-cheeking the Wells comment. Way to many times this franchise has wasted its time with over the hill pitchers. Wells and Ponson fit that bill. I hope you are right about the pitching “coming”. I guess I’ll believe it when I see it on a consistent basis.

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JHT,
Also the pitching is coming but just not as fast as most of us would like!

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JHT,
Wells doesn’t have the “stuff” or “smoke” for short relief. He’d be more of a Giese or Rasner type but with his “rubber arm” he could do multiple innings on consecutive days!

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Colon is a much better pitcher than Ponson could ever think of being. Heck if are looking at 8th inning relief sign Wells for that spot. Of course I would not do that either. Congrats to Damon and the offense for pulling one out. However, the Royals pitching is as bad as the Yankees pitching. Games like this are fun to watch.

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Matt,
Now you’re using a “record” but I can’t?
The yankee GM has to consider ALL possibilities. What about Ponson’s arm for a eighth inning guy? I don’t think he has much as a starter, but Epstein took a chance on Colon!

Keyswahili,
Great shot!!!

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Based on his past posts I doubt he knows much about baseball arun. I don’t think he’s being sarcastic either. We all know who he really is!!

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What a game. Damon was brilliant. 6-6! And those hits were huge clutch shots too.

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Theres the Mariano “give up the gopher ball in tight situations” River-apuke !…what a worthless, no talent pitcher..what garbage !
By keyswahili@yahoo.com on June 7, 2008 4:49 PM

What? Do you know anything about baseball? Please tell me that was sarcasm.

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Obviously, a great game by Damon, just surprised by how the wheels are quickly coming off of Pettitte’s season. In Ponson’s brief 5-game stint in ’06 with the Yanks his ERA was 10.47. Having him back again would be adding more of the same to what the Yanks have been getting from Wang, and Pettitte. He would just make things worse for this team.

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I’m not for signing Ponson if he becomes available, but he can’t be any worse than what we’ve been getting from Andy & Wang lately. AGAIN WOW!!! WHAT A GAME….
“GO YANKEES”

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DAMON, 6 for 6, Big gamewinning hit, 12-11 Can you believe it, A real pitchers battle, (in reverse). WOW WOW WOW
“GO YANKEES”

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Theres the Mariano “give up the gopher ball in tight situations” River-apuke !…what a worthless, no talent pitcher..what garbage !

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What a time for Rivera to blow up. Odds are it was bound to happen though with the kind of season he’s been having, just shows he is human.

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Ponson = been there, done that. No way again!!!

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What’s the downsie in Ponson? Well there’s his career record 86-102 4.90, so he’s never been more than a mediocre pitcher despite the fact he had very good stuff when he started his career, and has never put it together. He has only had one season where he finished a season with less than a 4.00 ERA. For the previous four seasons his ERA has been well above 5.00. Even though he is having a good year 4-1 3.88, he has given up 71 hits in 55 2/3 IP, way too many hits. He’s lucky that record isn’t reversed. He isn’t what this team needs to turn things around, he should try turning his own career around before the Yanks should even give him a thought about trading for Ponson.

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There’s the Bet “i’ll set the ML record for most strikeouts by a worthless, no-talent hitter in season”apuke. What garbage!!

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JH, You’re right, Who do you trust in this case it was a no win situation.. Andy only gave up 10 runs on10 hits. Veras held them to only 1 hit… We need 2 runs to get even…………
“GO YANKEES”

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It is that shenn. Cannot understand why this franchise is incapable of developing or getting some consistent pitching. The minors doesn’t develop it and when they go the free agency route it is a disaster. You win championships with pitching NOT offense. Someone NEEDS to inform Crashman of that fact.

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This is just ridiculous.

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Just shows you how Girardi does NOT trust his bullpen. Can you blame him? Does anyone on this blog trust any of the relievers with the lead, aside from Rivera? I am not saying Girardi was right in leaving Andy in. Just stating a fact that I believe, the guy does NOT trust his bullpen. Why should he!

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Great pitching ANDY, Grand SLAM, 10-6 KC. Another JOE leaving a veteran in too long !

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We have the lead thanks to big G, BUT, when can we expect to get some good starts from other than Moose & Raz.. Andy & Wang have been stinking up the place, They are making Igawa look like an ace (ha,ha) There goes the lead.
Right now even Ponson will be looking good…
“GO YANKEES”

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6-5 Yankees going into the bottom of the 6th. Big fourth-inning comeback, and Giambi’s gigantic blast gives the Yanks the lead.
http://heartlandpinstripes.wordpress.com/

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Down 5-1 in the 3rd already. This team can’t hit, can’t pitch and can’t field, a formula for disaster. They are going to be lucky to finish .500. They stink, plain and simple.

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Rocketman,
With a variety of selectable levels of spam filtering, Typekey/Typepad offers blog owners ways to censor comments. So many “Moderators” choose to “force” comments that agree with them. It doesn’t happen on MLBlogs. That’s why this blog is the best Yankee’s blog!

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After the bad calls, is there more support for giving balls and strikes to Questech?

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Q for everyone: Should the Yankees revisit Sidney Ponson and starter or relief?

Matt,
What’s the downside?

Chaz,
What does Sabremetrics say?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 7, 2008

Syracuse (Blue Jays) 7p
Scranton/WB
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Reading (Phillies) 7:05p
Trenton
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) 7p
Tampa
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Charleston
Savannah (Mets) 7p
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 6, 2008

Norfolk (Orioles) 13
Scranton/WB 12
W: J. Miller (1-1, 2.42); L: J. Cox (1-1, 0.73); SV: G. Aquino (6)
HR: SWB: M. Carson (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_06_noraaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Reading (Phillies) 1
Trenton 2
W: E. Wordekemper (2-1, 4.03); L: J. Bisenius (0-1, 2.50); SV: A. Claggett (3)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_06_reaaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 0
Tampa 10
W: Z. McAllister (1-1, 3.27); L: K. Mura (5-2, 4.70)
HR: TAM: S. Fortenberry (4), A. Perez 2 (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_06_pbcafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 2
Savannah (Mets) 0
W: L. Pendleton (5-2, 2.13); L: M. Antonini (4-4, 2.71); SV: J. Ortiz (18)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_06_06_crdafx_savafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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