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Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The back end of the Detroit Tigers bull pen just got a whole lot stronger as the team has acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers.
“I’m going to a new team, and that’s going to be my new family and I will do whatever they want me to do,” Soria said of the Tigers. “I want to help them win the World Series — that’s what this is all about — and I hope to help them out as much as I can.”
Despite the recent trade, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team’s closer, for now.After a hot start to the season, Nathan has struggled mightily recently. He has 20 saves this season, but also has a bloated ERA of 5.89 and has blown five saves.
Soria may not have been the dominant closer he was while he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but he’s still an above-average reliever who is capable of closing out games. In 35 games this season, Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA with 17 saves.
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Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of a disappointing season, San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.
“I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption,” Maybin said in a statement. “Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK’d, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.”
Maybin was once considered one of the best young prospects in baseball not too long ago, but never fully reached his potential. In 62 games this season, the 27-year-old Maybin is hitting .247 with one home run and drove in nine runs.
The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he’s had trouble staying on the field in terms of durability and production.
The team has added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Minnesota Twins 3 (46-54) – Cleveland Indians 1 (51-50)
Milwaukee Brewers 5 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-50)
Kansas City Royals 2 (50-50) – Chicago White Sox 1 (48-54)
Colorado Rockies 6 (41-60) – Washington Nationals 4 (55-44)
New York Mets 3 (48-53) – Seattle Mariners 2 (53-48)
Detroit Tigers 11 (56-42) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-58)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (54-47) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (56-47)
Atlanta Braves 6 (55-46) – Miami Marlins 1 (47-53)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (53-49) – Boston Red Sox 4 (47-54)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (49-53) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (54-57)
San Diego Padres 8 (44-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (41-58) 
New York Yankees 2 (52-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (40-61) – Final in 5 Innings due to rain
Los Angeles Angels 3 (60-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (55-45)
Oakland Athletics 9 (62-38) – Houston Astros 7 (42-59)
 
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Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Pitching prospect Danny Salazar has been recalled by the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians wasted no time getting Salazar on the mound, giving him the start in Tuesday night’s 8 to 2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Salazar was sharp, throwing five innings, giving up one run, walking three while striking out six.
The team had high hopes for the 24-year-old this season after he started 10 games last season pitching 52 innings, with a 3.12 ERA, striking out 65 batters while walking only 15. But Salazar wasn’t as sharp and was sent to Triple-A Columbus on May 16 after starting eight games, during which he compiled a 1-4 record, 5.53 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.
To make room for Salazar the Indians optioned reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 7 (52-49) – Boston Red Sox 3 (47-53)
Miami Marlins 6 (47-52) – Atlanta Braves 5 (54-46)
Chicago Cubs 6 (41-57) – San Diego Padres 0 (43-56)
Pittsburgh Pirates 12 (53-47) – Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (56-46)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (56-45) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (51-49)
Cleveland Indians 8 (51-49) – Minnesota Twins 2 (45-54)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (48-53) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (54-46) 
Kansas City Royals 7 (49-50) – Chicago White Sox 1 (48-53)
New York Yankees 2 (51-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (40-60) – 14 Innings
Washington Nationals 7 (55-43) – Colorado Rockies 4 (40-60)
San Francisco Giants  9 (56-44) – Philadelphia Phillies 6 (43-57) – 14 Innings
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-37) – Detroit Tigers 4 (44-57)
New York Mets 3 (47-53) – Seattle Mariners 1 (53-47)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (55-44) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (59-40)
Houston Astros 3 (42-58) – Oakland Athletics 2 (61-38) – 12 Innings
 
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Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just three days after being released by the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The second baseman reported to Triple-A Fresno upon signing the deal.
“This is a chance for us to take a look at him and evaluate him, and a chance for him to go down and get his timing and get some playing time,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “At some point we’re going to have to make a call. I can’t say he’s going to be up here in the next few days, no. He needs some playing time right now.”
A three-time All-Star, Uggla was in his fourth season with Atlanta, but was hitting an abysmal .162 with just 10 RBI and two home runs in 48 games. The 34-year-old struck out 495 times in 451 games with the Braves from 2011-13 while also putting together a franchise record 33-game hitting streak.
Uggla underwent eye surgery last summer and was left off the Braves postseason roster before being reinserted in Spring Training.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Boston Red Sox 14 (47-52) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (51-49)
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (56-45) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (52-47)
San Francisco Giants 7 (55-44) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (43-56)
Texas Rangers 4 (40-59) – New York Yankees 2 (50-48)
Miami Marlins 3 (46-52) – Atlanta Braves 1 (54-45) – 10 Innings
Chicago White Sox 3 (48-52) – Kansas City Royals 1 (48-50)
Milwaukee Brewers 5 (55-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (51-48)
Minnesota Twins 4 (45-53) – Cleveland Indians 3 (50-49)
Washington Nationals 7 (54-43) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-59) 
Detroit Tigers 4 (55-41) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (43-56)
Seattle Mariners 5 (53-46) – New York Mets 2 (46-53)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (54-44) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (59-39)
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Colby Lewis Angry After Bunt from Colby Rasmus

Colby Lewis Angry After Bunt from Colby Rasmus

Texas Rangers/MLB (NEW YORK) –  They may share the same first name, but Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus have two entirely different opinions on what transpired during the 5th inning of Saturday’s contest between their respective teams.
Lewis and Rasmus exchanged words after Rasmus laid down a bunt single with two outs and the Blue Jays leading 2-0.  The Rangers were playing the shift, but Lewis still wasn’t too pleased with Rasmus’ decision to bunt.
“I told [Rasmus] I didn’t appreciate it,” Lewis told MLB.com. “You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.”
After the contest, Rasmus said he was not sure why Lewis would take offense to his decision to lay down a bunt.
“I’m just trying to help my team and he didn’t like it — so sorry about it,” Rasmus said to MLB.com. “I’m not here to try to please the other side, I’m here to help my team, and I had an opportunity where I could, and I took advantage of it.”
Lewis took the loss for the Rangers Sunday and fell to 6-7 on the year.  Rasmus is hitting just .223 for the Blue Jays this season.
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Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels scored two runs off former teammate Fernando Rodney to walk-off against Seattle (52-46) for the second time in three days.
The 6-5 victory was the 30th time this season that the Angels (59-38) have come from behind to get a win.
What made the win a little more intriguing was the back-and-forth between the Angels and their old closer. Rodney, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, used his trademark “bow-and-arrow” celebration after Kole Calhoun flew out to end the inning.
That stirred up the LA dugout as Albert Pujols doubled to score Mike Trout and tie the game off of Rodney. The two then traded arrows before Grant Green singled home the winning run, handing Rodney the loss.
“That’s his thing,” Pujols said of the celebration. “I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”
Rodney said after the game that he was directing the arrow towards the Angels fans who booed up him upon entering the game. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons with Los Angeles and was just 17-for-28 in save opportunities. 
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Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Lisa Blumenfield/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Jon Lester tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight batters in a 6-0 Red Sox win over Kansas City on Sunday. The win was the fourth in a row for Boston (46-52), giving them a sweep over the Royals (48-49) at Fenway Park.
The Boston ace dominated, allowing no earned runs for the third time in four starts.
Throughout the 2014 season, the talk about Lester off the field has been surrounding his impending free agency. The southpaw can become a free agent at the end of the season and has been pitching without negotiating a new contract during the year. In his last seven starts, Lester is 4-0 with a 0.85 earned run average.
“You’ve got to take each one as an individual,” Lester said. “If I’m out there thinking about what I did last time, I’m not worried about the right things.”
His offense gave Lester more than enough run support, beginning in the first with an RBI groundout from Dustin Pedroia. Daniel Nava drove in three runs on the day, including a two-run double in the third. The game was blown open in the fourth after David Ross’ two-run home run made it a 5-0 Red Sox lead.
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Giants Place First Baseman Brandon Belt on the DL with a Concussion

Giants Place First Baseman Brandon Belt on the DL with a Concussion

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s been a tough season for San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. His latest injury will land him on the disabled list as the team is holing him out due to a concussion he suffered on Saturday.
Belt suffered the injury when he was struck by a ball in the face while fielding during batting practice . Tests Sunday confirmed the concussion, manager Bruce Bochy said.
It’s not clear yet whether that will be the 15-day disabled list, or the new 7-day disabled list that is specifically designed for players displaying concussion symptoms.
Belt was off to a scorching start to the season, finally living up to the expectations many had for him that made him one of hte top hitting prospects in the organization.
Belt missed over a month earlier in the season with a broken thumb, and his concussion is just the latest setback for him.
Still just 26, Belt is hitting .242 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 46 games played.
Infielder Adam Duvall will likely be recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take Belt’s place on the roster.
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Mariners Hold Off Angels 3-2 in 12 Innings

Mariners Hold Off Angels 3-2 in 12 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) –  It’s been just two games since the All-Star break, but the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels have already played a combined 28 innings.
Logan Morrison hit a go-ahead RBI double in the 12th inning as the Mariners held on to beat the Angels 3-2 on Saturday night.  Los Angeles won 3-2 in 16 innings on Friday night.
“I don’t think our guys are tired. They’re resilient,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It’s hard to win games at this level regardless of who you’re playing. We just happened to be playing the team with the second-best record in baseball.
“It was tough, but just like last night, in about five minutes, we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for (Sunday).”
Kyle Seager hit a leadoff double in the 12th inning off of Angels reliever Joe Thatcher (0-1). Morrison lined a single to left to drive him in.  Pinch-hitter Justin Smoak added an RBI single to give the Mariners a two-run cushion.
After taking the loss Friday, Dominic Leone (3-2) pitched one-plus inning for the Mariners to earn the victory.  Leone gave up a leadoff home run to David Freese in the bottom of the 12th inning and was pulled from the game.  Charlie Furbush stepped in and recorded the final three outs for the save.
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Indians Sweep Detroit in Doubleheader

Indians Sweep Detroit in Doubleheader

Jason Miller/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Cleveland Indians swept a doubleheader in Detroit on Saturday, closing to within 4 1/2 games of the division leading Tigers. The Indians (50-47) opened the day with a 6-2 win before downing Detroit (53-41) 5-2 in the nightcap.
Game One’s story was the impressive pitching performance of Corey Kluber. The righty pitched into the ninth inning, striking out 10 batters. He came within one out of his second complete game before Bryan Shaw relieved him to finish things out.
The big offensive blow came in the fifth inning with three run-scoring hits to put Cleveland up 3-0. Another run came across in the sixth before the Indians tacked on two more in the ninth. 
Game Two was not so easy for the Indians, taking a tied game into the final inning of regulation. Chris Dickerson hit a pair of solo home runs to put Cleveland up 2-1 after six frames before Austin Jackson’s RBI triple in the seventh tied things up.
The Indians then loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Joe Nathan. Carlos Santana took advantage with a bases clearing double to right-center. Cody Allen finished things off in the bottom half for his 13th save.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – Third Round:
1.  Rory McIlroy -16  (4-under for the day)
2. Rickie Fowler  -10  (4-under for the day)
T3. Sergio Garcia -9 (3-under for the day)
T3. Dustin Johnson -9  (1-under for the day)
5.  Victor Dubuisson -8 (4-under for the day)
MLB: New York Yankees 7(49-47) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-46)
 Toronto Blue Jays 4 (50-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (39-58)
Cleveland Indians 6 (49-47) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-40) Game 1
Cleveland Indians 5 (50-47) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-41) Game 2
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (54-45) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (54-44)
Boston Red Sox 2 (45-52) – Kansas City Royals 1 (48-48)
Philadelphia Phillies 2 (43-54) – Atlanta Braves 1 (53-44)
San Francisco Giants 5 (54-43) – Miami Marlins 3 (44-52)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 (46-53) – Minnesota Twins 1 (44-52)
Washington Nationals 8 ( 52-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (54-44)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (51-46) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-57) 11 Innings
Chicago White Sox 4 (47-51) – Houston Astros 3 (40-58)
Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (42-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (40-56)
San Diego Padres 6 (42-55) – New York Mets 0 (46-51)
Seattle Mariners 3 (52-45) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (58-38) 12 Innings
NASCAR: Chase Elliott wins EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Motor Speedway
WNBA All-Star Game: East 125 – West 124
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Cardinals Send Struggling Starter Shelby Miller to the Bullpen

Cardinals Send Struggling Starter Shelby Miller to the Bullpen

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller is having a hard time duplicating the success he had in his rookie season, so the team has decided to move him to the bullpen so he can also get more rest during the season.
“How long that lasts, I’m not going to say [it will be through the end of] the month,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com’s Jennifer Langosch. “We’ll see how guys look and feel. He’s ready to go [in the bullpen]. As far as how we use him, it’s how we need him.”
Miller was third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last season when he went 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA.
The results this season have been mixed at best for the 23-year-old Miller. In 19 starts this season, he’s gone 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA.
The Cardinals plan on using a four-man rotation for the time being and could potentially do so until August depending upon how the schedule plays out.
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Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For just the third time in history, the top pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft goes unsigned. The Houston Astros failed to reach a deal with left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday’s deadline.
The high school southpaw was originally offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, but sources say that offer was lowered when concerns about Aiken’s elbow ligament rose. Aiken was the third high school pitcher ever to be taken number one overall and was the first high school lefty to go in the top five since 2002.
The MLB players association has said the union is working with Aiken to explore all possible options, as well as looking into the way Houston handled negotiations with fifth-round pick Jacob Nix.
“Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers,” Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA said in a statement. “Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options.”
The Astros have maintained that no wrongdoing occurred in the negotiations and that Aiken’s deal was “extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case.”
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Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The injury news continues to get worse for the New York Yankees. General Manager Brian Cashman announced on Friday that the pitcher is set to have season-ending surgery on his right knee.
The southpaw will have arthroscopic debridement surgery in hopes of returning for the 2015 season. The procedure is an alternative to microfracture surgery, but could still be in play if the first surgery does not go as planned. 
“He tried the rehab side of it, and obviously that didn’t work,” Cashman said of the decision for Sabathia to go under the knife. “If he had three different options, that was the least. Now, we are on the middle side of this thing, the cleanup of the knee, and hopefully that is good enough.”
Sabathia is one of four starting pitchers the Yankees have lost to injury in 2014 since Opening Day. Ivan Nova is already out for the year with Tohmmy John surgery, while Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda are hopeful to return. Sabathia 304 with a 5.28 earned run average at the time of his injury.
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Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Angels executed a deal on Friday that will help them attempt to keep pace in the increasingly competitive AL West, acquiring closer Houston Street from San Diego as part of a six player deal. 
The Padres will receive four prospects in return while also sending minor league pitcher Trevor Gott. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with shortstop Jose Rondon were packaged together by the Angels. The deal is still pending a physical.
Currently holding a 1.09 earned run average with 24 saves, Street is fifth on the career saves list among active pitchers. 
Street will join and Angels team that sits two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the best record in baseball. In his tenth year, the closer has converted 258 saves and holds a career 2.87 ERA. The righty began his career in Oakland, pitching four years for the Athletics.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – Second Round:
1.  Rory McIlroy -12  (6-under for the day)
2.  Dustin Johnson -8  (7-under for the day)
3.  Ryan Moore -6  (4-under for the day)
Francesco Molinari -6  (2-under for the day)
Rickie Fowler  -6  (3-under for the day)
Sergio Garcia -6  (2-under for the day)
Charl Schwartzel -6 (5-under for the day)
Louis Oosthuizen -4 (4-under for the day)
MLB: New York Yankees 4 (48-47) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (51-45)
Texas Rangers 5 (39-57) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (49-48)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (54-43) – Washington Nationals 2 (51-43)
San Francisco Giants 9 (53-43) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-51)
Atlanta Braves 6 (53-43) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (42-54)
Cleveland Indians 9 (48-47) – Detroit Tigers 3 (53-39)
Boston Red Sox 5 (44-52) – Kansas City Royals 4 (48-47)
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (50-46) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-56)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (45-53) – Minnesota Twins 2 (44-51)
Chicago White Sox 3 (46-51) – Houston Astros 2 (40-57)
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (53-44) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (54-44)
Oakland Athletics 5 (60-36) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (52-43)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (41-56) – Chicago Cubs 4 (40-55)
New York Mets 5 (46-50) – San Diego Padres 4 (41-55)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (58-37) – Seattle Mariners 2 (51-45)
 
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Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield as crowded as ever, Matt Kemp is open to a trade so he can get regular playing time.
Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, has expressed his client’s desire to be an everyday play…

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