Nationals Game Notes: June 27 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-34) vs. Washington Nationals (44-32)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [8-2, 2.08] | RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.11]
Monday, June 27 l Game #77 / Home #33 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME SWEET HOME
The Nationals return home to open a 10-game homestand that will feature the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers…Washington headed home on a high note Sunday evening after a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park to conclude their 10-game, 11-day road trip west…The win snapped the Nationals’ seven-game losing streak, halting what had been the team’s longest skid since 2009.

  • Washington kicks off its longest homestand of the season to date on Monday…With 76 games in the rearview, the Nationals will enjoy their first homestand longer than seven games (10) as the Mets come to town…Washington will play 19 of its next 23 games at home.
  • At 44-32 (.579), the Nationals have the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-28, .636) and the Chicago Cubs (48-26, .649).

HITTING 100, AND MORE
Nationals C Jose Lobaton’s solo home run in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon was Washington’s 100th of the season…Reaching that milestone mark in just 76 games, the 2016 Nationals are now the fastest in team history (2005-present) to club 100 longballs, per STATS, LLC…The 2006 Nationals, the previous fastest, hit their 100th home run Game No. 93.

  • The Nationals added home run No. 101 with 1B Clint Robinson’s blast in the eighth, and it appears they were not alone in home run heaven: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 52 homers hit on Sunday, the most on any single day in MLB in more than 10 years (since June 11, 2006), when 54 home runs were hit…Over the first three months this season, home runs have increased league-wide — from 2.09/game in April, to 2.28/game in May, and a near-record 2.52/game in June.
  • Also via Elias, there are only two months in Major League history in which the per-game home-run average was as high is it currently is for June (min. 10 G: The first two months of the 2000 season: 2.56 in April and 2.64 in May.

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting is expected to be released Monday evening…As of the previous update (Wednesday), here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), and fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez and Houston’s Evan Gattis for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy had racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349), paces the National League in hits (98) and multi-hit games (31), and ranks second in the NL in OPS (.968)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (4th, .577) and on-base percentage (10th, .391)…Murphy leads NL second basemen in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
  • Based on Wednesday’s update, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (60) and 13th in on-base percentage (.395)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL.

Nationals Game Notes: June 26 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (34-40)

RHP Tanner Roark [6-5, 3.18] | RHP Jimmy Nelson [5-6, 3.92]

Sunday, June 26 l Game #76 / Road #44 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 1:10 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes as of Wednesday, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy has racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.354) and paces the NL in OPS (.982), hits (98) and multi-hit games (31)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (2nd, .585) and on-base percentage (9th, .397)…Murphy leads NL second baseman in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.585).
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes as of Wednesday, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks in the NL in walks (2nd, 59) and on-base percentage (8th, .397)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL… Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night.

WHAT A RELIEF

Since June 19, Dan Firova’s bullpen has pitched to a 0.63 ERA (1 ER/14.1 IP) while allowing 11 hits, one walk (intentional) and striking out 18 in those six games…During this stretch, Nationals relievers have not allowed a home run while holding batters to a .212 average.

Nationals Game Notes: June 25 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (33-40)

LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-6, 4.25] | RHP Matt Garza [0-0, 0.90]

Saturday, June 25 l Game #75 / Road #43 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 3:10 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes as of Wednesday, leads all Major League catchers and is third in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.341)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (40), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.567), fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy has racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349) and paces the NL in hits (95) and multi-hit games (T1st, 30)…He also ranks among NL hitters in OPS (3rd, .970), slugging percentage (5th, .577) and on-base percentage (9th, .392)…Murphy leads NL second baseman in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes as of Wednesday, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks in the NL in walks (2nd, 58) and on-base percentage (8th, .397)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for sixth in the NL…Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night.

Nationals Game Notes: June 24 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Washington Nationals (43-30) at Milwaukee Brewers (32-40)

RHP Max Scherzer [8-4, 3.29] | RHP Zach Davies [5-3, 3.62]

Friday, June 24 l Game #74 / Road #42 l Miller Park l Milwaukee, W.I. l 7:10 P.M.

Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SLUGGIN’ SHORTSTOP

Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night… In just 71 games, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011).

  • Only two shortstops in Major League Baseball have hit more home runs this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 17.77 at-bats…He trails only COL SS Trevor Story (18) and LAD SS Corey Seager (16) for the most home runs hit by a shortstop this season.
  • Since June 8, Espinosa is hitting .340 (16-for-47) with two doubles, five homers, seven RBI, four HBP, four walks, one stolen base and 14 runs scored…He ranks in the NL in runs scored (2nd, 14), home runs (T3rd, 5), slugging percentage (T3rd, .708) and on-base percentage (8th, .436) over this stretch.

APPROACHING 100

Washington leads the National League with 99 home runs through 73 games…According to STATS LLC., the Nationals are approaching a team record for fewest games to 100 home runs in team history (2005-pres.):

Season No. Games

2006………………………………………. 93

2012………………………………………. 94

2015……………………………………… 100

JW = FIRE

Since June 7, LF Jayson Werth is hitting .389 (21-for-54) with four doubles, one homer, 10 RBI, 12 walks and nine runs scored…He has posted a .493 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage in thise 14 games…He has hit safely in 12 of the 14 games, including eight multi-hit efforts.

  • Since his pinch-hit grand slam against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29, Werth is hitting .342 (26-for-76) with a .427 on-base percentage and a .566 slugging percentage…In that span he has clubbed five doubles and four homers, walked 12 times and scored 13 runs while two of his 17 RBI drove in the game-winning run and three knocked home go-ahead tallies.
  • Among NL hitters since May 29, Werth ranks tied for fifth in walks (12), sixth in on-base percentage (.427), and ninth in batting average (.342).

Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman comes up big in 16th inning

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June 24, 2014IF Ryan Zimmerman mercifully hit a two-run shot in the top of the 16th inning and made a diving catch in the bottom of the frame to lift the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals history. Zimmerman’s first career extra-inning blast was made possible by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB, 6 SO). Washington’s defense turned three double plays, and individually, SS Ian Desmond made two dazzling 6-3 putouts, while OF Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th. 3B Anthony Rendon’s 12th homer, a solo shot in the eighth, tied the game at 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.

Construction Update: Lights going up at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

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Even though we’re in the middle of an exciting season, it’s never too early to start thinking about Spring Training 2017. Starting next year, the Nationals will be holding spring training in West Palm Beach, Fl., at a state-of-the-art facility shared with the Houston Astros.

The new facility is going to be a wonderful complex for our team, our fans and the Palm Beach community. The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will feature Major League-size practice fields, minor league-size practice fields, batting cages and pitching mounds. The stadium itself will significantly improve the fan experience with 6,400 ticketed seats and 1,250 ticketed berm seats, as well as suites, party decks, concession stands, team store, a picnic area and outfield attractions.

Although we only broke ground last fall, the construction crews have worked tirelessly and we’ve made great progress in recent months. Yesterday, the official Twitter account of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches posted a picture of the Nationals practice field lights going up. Check it out below!

We’re getting excited for Spring Training 2017 and we hope you are too!

Nationals Game Notes: June 22 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-29) at Los Angeles Dodgers (40-33)
RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.13] | LHP Julio Urias [0-2, 4.50]
Wednesday, June 22 l Game #73 / Road #41 l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

THE MIDWEST BECKONS
The Nationals and Dodgers will wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium with Washington looking to snap its four-game losing streak…The four-game skid is only the second of that length for the Nationals this season (matching a four-game losing streak from May 5-8)…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend and have opened this road trip 2-4…At the conclusion of Wednesday’s contest, the Nationals will pack up and head east overnight before an off day and a three-game weekend series in Milwaukee.

  • Since May 29, the Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 4.5 games…They’re averaging 5.5 runs per game and outscoring opponents, 121-91.
  • At 43-29 (.597), the Nationals have posted their best record through 72 games in club history (2005-pres.), and boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (45-27, .625) and the Chicago Cubs (47-22, .681)…Washington’s 43-29 record is also the fourth-best record in MLB, behind SFG, TEX (46-26, .639) and CHI.

SLUGGIN’ SHORTSTOP
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night…In just 70 games, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011).

  • Only two shortstops in Major League Baseball have hit more home runs this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 17.46 at-bats…He trails only COL SS Trevor Story (18) and LAD SS Corey Seager (15) for total HR hit by a shortstop thus far.

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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting was released Wednesday…Here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games, posting a .343 (22-for-64) average with three doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 14 runs scored during that span….Ramos, who is currently third in the NL among catchers with 899,063 votes, is tied for fifth in MLB in batting average (.332) and leads all Major League catchers in average, on-base percentage (.378), slugging percentage (.548) and fewest strikeouts (28)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are T2nd behind KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy, who has racked up 1,573,890 votes to date and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist, is tops in MLB in batting average (.352)…Murphy also leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 29), OPS (3rd, .978), and hits (3rd, 93) while his .395 on-base percentage is 14th in MLB and 10th in the NL.
  • If the voting ended today, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes to date, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (57) and also ranks in the NL in on-base percentage (6th, .403) and OPS (14th, .901)…His 13 go-ahead RBI rank tied for fifth in the NL…Harper clubbed his 15th home run of the season on Tuesday night and is hitting .333 (8-for-24).

Nationals Game Notes: June 21 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-28) at Los Angeles Dodgers (39-33)
RHP Tanner Roark [6-4, 3.14] | LHP Scott Kazmir [5-7, 4.64]
Tuesday, June 21 l Game #72 / Road #40 l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS
The Nationals and Dodgers will meet for the second game of this three-game set on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium with Washington looking to snap a three-game losing streak…The Nationals have endured only four skids of three games or more (their longest being four games) this season…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend and have opened this road trip 2-3…After three games here in L.A., the Nationals will travel east to Milwaukee for a weekend set.

  • Since May 29, the Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 5.5 games…They’re averaging 5.7 runs per game and outscoring opponents, 119-88.
  • At 43-28 (.606), the Nationals have posted their best record through 71 games in club history (2005-pres.), and boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (44-27, .620) and the Chicago Cubs (47-21, .691)…Washington’s 43-28 record is also the fourth-best record in MLB, behind SFG, TEX (46-25, .648) and CHI.

HE’S NO MISS IOWA
Thrust into a starting role on short notice on Monday night, Nationals RHP Yusmeiro Petit turned in six solid innings of work, holding the Dodgers to three earned runs off five hits and one walk…Petit, who stepped in for RHP Stephen Strasburg (upper back strain), threw as many as six innings for the first time since May 23, 2015…The 94 pitches he threw were his most in an outing since tossing 102 in 6.1 innings of one-run ball at NYY on Sept. 22, 2013.

  • According to STATS, LLC., Petit is the first pitcher this season to save a game and start a game in a four-day span…Petit is just the second Nationals pitcher (2005-present) to accomplish that feat, joining RHP Dan Haren, who started vs. SFG on Aug. 15, 2013, picked up a save in an extra-innings contest at ATL on Aug. 17 and started vs. CHI on Aug. 20.

RESPECT THE A.
With a double in the sixth inning off LHP Clayton Kershaw, CF Michael A. Taylor extended his hitting streak in games he starts to 18…Taylor, who is also riding a seven-game traditional hitting streak, is hitting .302 since May 3, with eight doubles, three home runs and eight RBI.

  • Taylor put together one of the best games of his young career on Sunday afternoon, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, two RBI and two runs scored at Petco Park…Taylor’s first home run, on the game’s very first pitch, was his third leadoff home run of the season and fifth of his career…His second made Sunday the first multi-homer game of his career…Taylor had posted four hits in a game only once previously, July 25, 2015 at PIT.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Taylor is just the third player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to produce four or more hits in a game, including at least two homers, from the leadoff spot…Taylor joined esteemed company in doing so, adding his name to a list that includes Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson (1979) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

Today in Nationals’ History: Rookie Wilson Ramos hits walk-off HR

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June 21, 2011 – Rookie C Wilson Ramos hit a dramatic walk-off, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Nationals stun the Mariners, 6-5, at Nationals Park. The Nationals trailed, 5-1, but rallied in a ninth inning that included three singles, a walk, an error and Ramos’ blast. For the first time since coming to D.C. in 2005, Washington trailed by more than two runs in the ninth or later, but rallied to win the game.

Nationals Game Notes: June 20 at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (43-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (38-33)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 2.90] | LHP Clayton Kershaw [10-1, 1.58]
Monday, June 20 l Game #71 / Road #39 l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
The Nationals will begin the second leg of their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day trek Monday night in Los Angeles…Washington split a four-game series with the San Diego Padres over the weekend to open this road trip 2-2…After three games here in L.A., the Nationals will travel east to Milwaukee for a weekend set.

  • Washington has won seven of its last 10, 10 of its last 14, and 14 of its last 20 games, playing at a .700 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 5.5 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 5.9 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 118-84.
  • At 43-27 (.614), the Nationals have posted their best record through 70 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (44-26, .629) and the Chicago Cubs (47-20, .701)…Washington’s 43-27 record is also tied for the fourth-best record in the Major Leagues, behind the Giants, Texas Rangers (45-25, .643) and the Cubs.

RESPECT THE A.
Nationals CF Michael A. Taylor put together one of the best games of his young career on Sunday afternoon, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, two RBI and two runs scored at Petco Park…Taylor’s first home run, on the game’s very first pitch, was his third leadoff home run of the season and fifth of his career…His second made Sunday the first multi-homer game of his career…Taylor had posted four hits in a game only once previously, July 25, 2015 at PIT.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Taylor is just the third player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to produce four or more hits in a game, including at least two homers, from the leadoff spot…Taylor joined esteemed company in doing so, adding his name to a list that includes Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson (1979) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

POWERHOUSE PITCHING
RHP Stephen Strasburg takes his 10-0 record and his personal 13-game winning streak (dating to Sept. 15, 2015) into Monday night’s match-up with the Los Angeles Dodgers…The 13-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and matches RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) & RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.

  • The other side of Monday night’s pitching match-up is no slouch, either, as Washington will face Dodgers ace LHP Clayton Kershaw, who is 10-1 on the season…According to STATS, LLC., no other National League pitching match-up in over 100 years has featured two starting pitchers with double-digit win totals facing off this early (by date) in a season…The previous earliest date it happened in the NL was when LAD LHP Sandy Koufax (10-2) and CIN RHP Bob Purkey (12-1) met on June 22, 1962.

NO SINISTROPHOBIA HERE
The Nationals, who have faced just 14 left-handed starting pitchers this season, are in the midst of a stretch in which they’ll face four consecutive lefty starters, which started Sunday in San Diego…As a team, the Nationals are batting .271 against left-handed pitching this season, and their 25 home runs off southpaws are tied for the third-most in the National League.

  • Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy picked up his National League-best 29th multi-hit game of the season on Friday night with a double and a home run off SDP LHP Christian Friedrich…The home run was Murphy’s 12th of the year, but it was his first against a left-handed pitcher this season…Against left-handed pitching in 2016, Murphy is hitting .329…With his two hits on Friday night, Murphy is now batting an even .400 (62-for-155) (vs. RHP & LHP) in Nationals victories this year.
  • Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.358)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T2nd, 29), OPS (2nd, .995), and hits (3rd, 92) while his .399 on-base percentage is 12th in MLB and eighth in the National League.
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