Well, so much for the sweep. As I write this (it’s 6:20 am), we still don’t know who will be starting for the Reds tonight. All we know for sure is it probably won’t be Johnny Cueto. Of course, the last time the Reds had to improvise, it turned out okay.

Let’s see if the Reds can close this thing out. Go Reds.

Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.

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  1. Arredondo did not deserve to be on the major league roster this season, much less the postseason one. He’s terrible. I question this move by Dusty most of all.

  2. And he leaves Arredodo in there after the two double and 2 run homer … but then takes him out after a walk? Are you kidding me? This game is a total joke at this point.

  3. I feel like Dusty was playing this for Game 5 the entire time. Leake starting, Navarro catching, Cairo your first PH in the game, Arrendondo even sniffing the field…. that just tells me the Reds weren’t playing this one for the W, or for seriousness.

  4. Dusty is a players manager which is why he used his worst hitter and worst relief pitcher in key situations.

  5. goodbye 2-0 lead, hello offseason.

  6. You can not give away games in postseason. We did today. If the Reds lose tomorrow, Dusty should be shown the door. Very poor effort from the dugout today. Should have just forfeited this game.

  7. Let’s hope Latos gets over his flu in a hurry.

    I’m not normally one of the negative people on here but let’s face it folks: We’re toast. If we win tomorrow we’ll be swept by the Cardinals.

    Fire Dusty Baker.

  8. Why waste another pitcher after this game has been put out of reach? Might as well save all hands for tomorrow

    • Why waste another pitcher after this game has been put out of reach?Might as well save all hands for tomorrow

      I agree.

      First, Hoover was up WAY too late. But once it goes 8-3, I’d just let Arredondo eat up innings.

  9. Wow…this thread has lost all perspective

    • Wow…this thread has lost all perspective

      Not sure I’m following you. Given the circumstances I would say the sentiment here is pretty spot on.

    • Wow…this thread has lost all perspective

      My perspective is that I’m pissed about the way this game has gone and been managed without any degree of urgency to win. How about you?

  10. Why waste more of the bullpen? At least if we get knocked out by the Giants tomorrow, we’ll be spared getting swept by the Cardinals.

  11. @Larry1980: I disagree, the team is not playing for Game 5, Dusty Baker is.

  12. That sound you hear is the sound of the other shoe dropping, Reds Country.

  13. Its all on Matt Latos tommorow 4 players were traded for him, He can show it was all worth it.

    • Its all on Matt Latos tommorow 4 players were traded for him, He can show it was all worth it.

      No, it’s on the pitcher and the offense. The team has to find a way to get runners in.

  14. Giants are full of themselves now. After they were demoralized. If you can’t tell I’m really pissed right now.

  15. Someone needs to defend the use of Arredondo in this game for me. I don’t want to be a Dusty basher, but that seems like pure insanity to me. Is it logical to entertain the idea that he is managing for game 5 and is trying to save his bullpen? That’s the only thing I can think of.

  16. If the Reds lose this series Dusty will not come back.

  17. All the good Dusty did this season appears to be vaporizing in the last two games. Is he really that confident about the Reds’ chances in game 5?

  18. Even if Latos no hits them tomorrow through the 7th, well…T.O.S….

  19. Wow, what a bunch negativity. This team has bounced back from diversity all year every time you’d thought they’d collapse. I like our chances tomorrow with Latos on the hill against Cain. That is, if game 5 is necessary.

    • Wow, what a bunch negativity.This team has bounced back from diversity all year every time you’d thought they’d collapse.I like our chances tomorrow with Latos on the hill against Cain.That is, if game 5 is necessary.

      I like Latos tomorrow as well, but is it realistic to think the Reds can beat Cain 4 times this year? I’m sure hoping that will be the case, but this has been a beat down and it reflects on the board.

    • Wow, what a bunch negativity.This team has bounced back from diversity all year every time you’d thought they’d collapse.I like our chances tomorrow with Latos on the hill against Cain.That is, if game 5 is necessary.

      Yeah Tom, today has been a ball. I’m all giddy. Why be negative………are you kidding?

    • Wow, what a bunch negativity.This team has bounced back from diversity all year every time you’d thought they’d collapse.I like our chances tomorrow with Latos on the hill against Cain.That is, if game 5 is necessary.

      Well, there’s plenty of diversity on the team, and they’ve bounced back from adversity, but I think the negativity right now is pretty warranted, actually. You ain’t seen nothing yet, if the Reds lose tomorrow.

    • Wow, what a bunch negativity.This team has bounced back from diversity all year every time you’d thought they’d collapse.I like our chances tomorrow with Latos on the hill against Cain.That is, if game 5 is necessary.

      Diversity?

      • Diversity?

        You know, young guys/old guys/Cubans/Texans…

      • Diversity?

        Yeah, diversity….. or adversity maybe….. You said that positively though right? 🙂

    • Wow, what a bunch negativity.This team has bounced back from diversity all year every time you’d thought they’d collapse.I like our chances tomorrow with Latos on the hill against Cain.That is, if game 5 is necessary.

      Diversity? Really?

      • Diversity? Really?

        I thought he was talking about Marge Schott. She always did her best to overcome diversity.

  20. The announcers are bragging on Arias and how he hit 2 doubles. Hey, he hit them off the 2 worst pitchers on the roster. Nothing to get too excited about.

  21. The only hope right now is to get close enough to make Bochy use Romo again.

  22. If the Reds stage a miracle comeback and come up a run or two short, Dusty should not be at the helm tomorrow.

  23. Well it’s gotten to Votto now. Looking at a fastball right down the middle. What the hell is going on?

    • Well it’s gotten to Votto now. Looking at a fastball right down the middle.What the hell is going on?

      His body language has looked bad all day. I’m sure he’s bummed that his knee is so gimpy and he can’t be his usual amazing self.

  24. Wow. Just wow. We needed two people to do a simply MEDIOCRE job for us today to win this game: Mike Leake and Dusty Baker. And, neither of them decided to do their jobs well. Leake was up in the zone all day, and I cannot think of a reason Arredondo should be on the flipping ROSTER right now, let alone pitching in Game 4 of the NLDS. Good news, though: Latos is pitching tomorrow. One of the only people on this team that I can really trust to have a good start here (Besides Votto, Phillips, Arroyo, and Ludwick. Maybe Bruce and Bailey,too–give me one more game to draw that conclusion) 👿

  25. Those were three terrible ABs by the heart of the order. Looks like they have given up on today.

  26. I know everyone is bummed out right now but that shot by Sandoval just landed in my back yard. I’m going to throw it back.

    • I know everyone is bummed out right now but that shot by Sandoval just landed in my back yard.I’m going to throw it back.

      Nicely played. I think we all needed that. 😀

  27. Well, it was a good season. not great, despite Dusty Baker. But Dusty has been thoroughly exposed as the bad manager that he is. I knew that a short series would expose him.

    Maybe next year can be better, if they fire Dusty Baker.

    I’ll see you guys on opening day.

    Enjoy the off-season.

    Out!

    • Well, it was a good season. not great, despite Dusty Baker.But Dusty has been thoroughly exposed as the bad manager that he is.I knew that a short series would expose him.

      Maybe next year can be better, if they fire Dusty Baker.

      I’ll see you guys on opening day.

      Enjoy the off-season.

      Out!

      Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. And I’d say don’t bother coming back on here should the Reds advance tomorrow.

      • Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.And I’d say don’t bother coming back on here should the Reds advance tomorrow.

        Second that motion, RLH. I don’t care for DB but I love them Reds. Yes I do!

    • Well, it was a good season. not great, despite Dusty Baker.But Dusty has been thoroughly exposed as the bad manager that he is.I knew that a short series would expose him.

      Maybe next year can be better, if they fire Dusty Baker.

      I’ll see you guys on opening day.

      Enjoy the off-season.

      Out!

      Okay, Driesman may have a point. The winner of the Negativity Award belongs to you. And it’s not even close. Get a grip.

  28. What a bunch of whiners and crybabies we have around here. I suspect this team has a lot more courage than you bunch of dopes, and we’ll see it tomorrow.

    • What a bunch of whiners and crybabies we have around here. I suspect this team has a lot more courage than you bunch of dopes, and we’ll see it tomorrow.

      That’s funny, people like you said the same thing yesterday. Perhaps if they lose tomorrow, you can say that the team will get them in next year’s NLDS.

      Also, it’s a lot different when you play the game and when you watch it. You feel like you have control over at least part of it when you play. It’s more difficult to watch this, at least to me.

  29. Isn’t it obvious? The Reds are losing on purpose in order to play more home games. They will come out and mash again tomorrow.

  30. As to the negativity, I’m sure Yankees fans were thrilled going to game 7 the year the Sox came back down 3-0.

  31. SF should start The Freak if they go on to the NLCS.

    • SF should start The Freak if they go on to the NLCS.

      I think it’s pretty obvious they will. Zito was horrible. And Lincecum has pitched well in two games.

  32. @RedForever: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out loser.

  33. Is Ondrusek on the PS roster? He should be pitching here and not Hoover. This is mop up time.

    • Is Ondrusek on the PS roster?He should be pitching here and not Hoover.This is mop up time.

      Don’t you know that Dusty thinks Ondrusek is a lot better than anybody else does. He will be used in a crucial situation tomorrow and we will all have to close our eyes.

      • Don’t you know that Dusty thinks Ondrusek is a lot better than anybody else does. He will be used in a crucial situation tomorrow and we will all have to close our eyes.

        Ondrusek isn’t on the postseason roster.

  34. If you want to get anything out of this series- put a bundle on the Giants tomorrow with Cain pitching; I know I’m going to with what I won off of the WLB’s game today.

  35. @jessecuster44: He has to be.

  36. Why didn’t Hanny start today and maybe Heisey over Stubbs?

  37. Looking for a couple of positives from today: We won’t see Lincecum tomorrow, Rolen didn’t make an error today, Stubbs got a double and the best of our bullpen is well rested…

  38. Nothing is impossible, but Cain helped the Giants win a world series two years ago and is one of the best in the league. Latos has been excellent, but he’s sick and the offense has had seemingly two good games in the past three weeks. It doesn’t look good. I don’t know if you bring Dusty back if they lose tomorrow or not, but he’s only one of several decisions to be made. And, they don’t have to fire him. He has no contract for 2013.

  39. I don’t really think it’s Dusty. This team just got too cocky. Maybe the best thing to happen to them is this woodshed beating today. They probably just passed off last night as an unlucky break. If today doesn’t wake them up, they really don’t deserve to move on tomorrow.

  40. Haha, yeah, some of these comments are pretty off the cliff.

    Assuming Latos is feeling well, I like our chances tomorrow.

  41. @RedForever: Okay dude, I’m infuriated right now. But we can still win this series. I actually think we will–the guy who I think is pitcher #1b, Latos, is on the mound against a team he has had a ridiculous amount of success against. We will have our best relievers ready tomorrow. Ludwick is on fire, BP is still hitting decent, and Bruce doesn’t look bad. Also, Votto is Votto. Be negative about this game all you want, but don’t give up on this team. They haven’t lost the series yet.

    • @RedForever: Okay dude, I’m infuriated right now. But we can still win this series. I actually think we will–the guy who I think is pitcher #1b, Latos, is on the mound against a team he has had a ridiculous amount of success against. We will have our best relievers ready tomorrow. Ludwick is on fire, BP is still hitting decent, and Bruce doesn’t look bad. Also, Votto is Votto. Be negative about this game all you want, but don’t give up on this team. They haven’t lost the series yet.

      I don’t see any situation where getting your ass kicked is good for you. And Dusty will be all “Settle down, guys. We’ve been here before. Everything will be all right” after the game when perhaps a Piniella or Sparky-esque “get your butts in gear or else,” rant would be more appropriate. I just see this team more as the type that is frustrated and swinging from their heels, then putting their heads down and stumping back to the dugout because they’re down on themselves.

      • @Sam Jackson:

        I don’t see any situation where getting your ass kicked is good for you. And Dusty will be all “Settle down, guys. We’ve been here before. Everything will be all right” after the game when perhaps a Piniella or Sparky-esque “get your butts in gear or else,” rant would be more appropriate. I just see this team more as the type that is frustrated and swinging from their heels, then putting their heads down and stumping back to the dugout because they’re down on themselves.

        Hey, I never said tonight was good for us. I’m just trying to be positive and not completely throw away everything just because the manager is being more absent-minded than usual (imo). I’m looking forward to tomorrow, because, I actually believe in our team. Whether or not we get our asses handed to us in 1 game of five.

  42. Really surprising to me that they’re burning Lincecum for tomorrow.

    • Really surprising to me that they’re burning Lincecum for tomorrow.

      This is sort of surprising.

  43. Stubbs actually hit today. I’m not really down on him for his performance. I find the management of the pitching and choice of Cairo for PH was lousy as well.

    If the offense is desperately swinging for the fence today going into the game 2-1 up — what are we going to see tomorrow?

  44. Also, the Giants won 90-plus games and a division this year, too, and they did win the series two years ago. If ever there was a commercial for the benefits of not only having been there before but having WON before, this round is it.

  45. Fans are even booing Frazier. Not any happier lot than RedlegNAtion.

  46. Dusty should have treated this game like he did in game 1 when Cueto sat down. Use the best available pitchers to put together the game much like the Giants have today. Leake was not the answer and he would have been better as a pinch hitter than Cairo!

  47. I’m getting tired of the announcers bragging about the Giants offensive outburst. The Astros could have got 8 runs off of Leake and Arredondo the way they pitched today. The Reds need to put this behind them and go get ’em tomorrow. It wouldn’t hurt if they could push a run or two across and send a message for tomorrow.

  48. Maybe Walt wanted more revenue and going to game 5

  49. How about a dinger for Heisey…

  50. What’s the game time tomorrow?

    • What’s the game time tomorrow?

      I believe it’s the first game around 1:15pm…

  51. or not… wishful thinking.

  52. Wow..Dusty will now have blown leads in a WS and two different playoff games with 3 different teams..that has to be some kind of record…

  53. @RedLegHerrm: He had already thrown 4 1/3 before this inning, he wasn’t going to pitch tomorrow anyway.

    • @RedLegHerrm: He had already thrown 4 1/3 before this inning, he wasn’t going to pitch tomorrow anyway.

      Getting into the Giants pen is not the goal, or at least, it shouldn’t be.

      • Getting into the Giants pen is not the goal, or at least, it shouldn’t be.

        Tomorrow it most certainly should be.

        • Tomorrow it most certainly should be.

          @RedLegHerrm: Precisely. We have some deep thinkers here but at times they miss the big picture. I hope Cain doesn’t get an out tomorrow. Bullpen be damned.

          • @RedLegHerrm: Precisely.We have some deep thinkers here but at times they miss the big picture.I hope Cain doesn’t get an out tomorrow.Bullpen be damned.

            That wasn’t what I meant, and you must know that.

          • That wasn’t what I meant, and you must know that.

            No, I believe you missed RLH’s.

          • No, I believe you missed RLH’s.

            I’m “not” a deep thinker so when I consider a starting pitcher exiting early, I surmise he must of been hammered. I’m thinking that was Red’s point but I could be wrong.

          • I’m “not” a deep thinker so when I consider a starting pitcher exiting early, I surmise he must of been hammered.I’m thinking that was Red’s point but I could be wrong.

            I was referring to the last two days, when the starter left after the 5th and before the 3rd, and the Reds got a total of 3 runs. Usually it’s good to knock a starter out, but not in either of these cases.

            Now, Cain is better by a mile than those last two guys, but their bullpen guys are better than Cain. You can check the stats….

          • I was referring to the last two days, when the starter left after the 5th and before the 3rd, and the Reds got a total of 3 runs. Usually it’s good to knock a starter out, but not in either of these cases.

            Now, Cain is better by a mile than those last two guys, but their bullpen guys are better than Cain.You can check the stats….

            Okay. My apologies. I really wasn’t getting the point. Pretty worked up today. Point taken and accepted. Just hope Cain doesn’t see the 2nd inning tomorrow because he was knocked out.

          • Okay.My apologies.I really wasn’t getting the point.Pretty worked up today.Point taken and accepted.Just hope Cain doesn’t see the 2nd inning tomorrow because he was knocked out.

            No issues. I’m a bit worked up myself. Plus, tomorrow, some of have to work for a living. What should I do so I can watch this? Or should I skip. I want to know, Charlotte.

        • Tomorrow it most certainly should be.

          Why? Their pen is good. And the good part of it didn’t pitch at all today.

          What I mean is running up pitch counts solely for the purpose of getting into the pen makes no sense to me. Tomorrow the Giants will not use anything but their best relievers. Even if Cain goes 3 innings. Obviously, I’d like to get into their pen because we scored 6 runs.

          On the other hand, I would be shocked if the Reds go to the pen before the 6th or 7th. Baker doesn’t work that way. For me, if Latos were to struggle (hopefully he won’t), I’d have Marshall in in the 4th inning if that’s what it took, pitching 2 innings.

    • @RedLegHerrm: He had already thrown 4 1/3 before this inning, he wasn’t going to pitch tomorrow anyway.

      They could have pulled him well before this inning.

  54. It’s not so much the negativity… it’s not even the pronouncements of doom for tomorrow. It’s the armchair psychoanalysis that gives me gas the most. Feh.

  55. @seat101: Still “feeling it” Seat? No idea it was going to be this brutal. Worse Reds’ performance I’ve seen all season. Just glad I didn’t drop $100+ to watch this debacle. So things could be worse.

    1 pm start time tomorrow for those brave enough to watch.

  56. I forgot, Canadians, too. (sorry, Joey)

  57. @SirRibShack: 3 1/3*

  58. Pretty clear that Dusty is a good manager over a long season, but his short series record is suspect, to say the least. I DO NOT like sacrificing game 4 for tomorrow. Still I remember dusty leaving Bailey in vs St. Louis all the way back in July, and that paid huge dividends. Can Dusty finally win a huge postseason game? I still have faith.

  59. I turned it. I’m guessing they didn’t come back an win?

  60. @CharlotteNCRedsFan:
    I may go down tomorrow and see if there are any last minute sellers.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan:
      I may go down tomorrow and see if there are any last minute sellers.

      @seat101: Don’t they normally win when you are in attendance? If so, please go. A little good karma can’t hurt. Luckily it is an early afternoon game so we don’t have to reflect on this turkey for too long.

  61. @RedLegHerrm: Why? They’re bullpen had been quite used the last three games why wouldn’t they want to give everyone a rest?

    • @RedLegHerrm: Why? They’re bullpen had been quite used the last three games why wouldn’t they want to give everyone a rest?

      Lincecum’s been their best arm out of the bullpen. Why wouldn’t you want to save him for Game 5?

  62. This team doesn’t look like the 2010 team at all. Postseason experience has made all the difference.

  63. Dusty will be 19-24 as playoff mgr. in 20 yrs, he’s won 3 playoff series…2 in 2002

  64. @Tom Diesman:
    Positively I was positive. Just like I was when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

    Tomorrow will be better.

  65. I’m glad I don’t live in the market. The unrest will be absolutely unreal if this team drops three straight at home to blow a series. A poll question, though: Better to (A.) lose to the Giants in five during the LDS or (B.) get beat in the NLCS by the Cardinals. I say B. I think St. Louis is clearly playing the best of any team in the postseason right now.

  66. There is zero reason Dusty should be back next season. Also need to get a new approach hitting coach…

  67. @Sam Jackson: Dusty certainly doesn’t have to play that card. The next tough question he gets from the writers that cover the team will be the first. The only writer I’ve seen willing to question him at all is John Erardi. In all the years I’ve followed the Reds I’ve never seen a manager that the press fell all over themselves defending more than Dusty. Make no mistake, nothing that happens short of a world championship will be blamed on Dusty by Fay and Co.

    • @Sam Jackson: Dusty certainly doesn’t have to play that card. The next tough question he gets from the writers that cover the team will be the first. The only writer I’ve seen willing to question him at all is John Erardi. In all the years I’ve followed the Reds I’ve never seen a manager that the press fell all over themselves defending more than Dusty. Make no mistake, nothing that happens short of a world championship will be blamed on Dusty by Fay and Co.

      This +1

  68. @CharlotteNCRedsFan:
    I’m over .500, but I was fading at the end. I’ll check Stubhub. I think there are a lot of folks who have ductats but were not planning to go to a game five.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan:
      I’m over .500, but I was fading at the end. I’ll check Stubhub. I think there are a lot of folks who have ductats but were not planning to go to a game five.

      1 o’clock start so it might just be a buyer’s market. Good luck.

  69. Well, I’ll be at work tomorrow during the entire game. Was for most of today’s, but when on the computer from time to time. I think I’ll take myself off the grid tomorrow and just check in @ 5 o’clock and hope for the best. GO REDS! Don’t go out like this, please.

  70. @RedLegHerrm: Exactly. He was pitching in a two run then three run game. By the time it was 5 runs he had probably thrown too many pitches to pitch tomorrow. Why would you pull the guy that’s getting outs and not allowing runs to bring someone else in out of their gassed bullpen?

    • @RedLegHerrm: Exactly. He was pitching in a two run then three run game. By the time it was 5 runs he had probably thrown too many pitches to pitch tomorrow. Why would you pull the guy that’s getting outs and not allowing runs to bring someone else in out of their gassed bullpen?

      He hadn’t though. That’s been my point this entire time. He had a reasonable pitch count around 25 by the time game was out of hand.

  71. The Reds have not lost 3 straight at GABP all yr.

    • The Reds have not lost 3 straight at GABP all yr.

      Always a “first” in everything…

  72. Paint It Black for Votto? How long has this been going on?

  73. @RedLegHerrm: You’re missing the bigger point. They’re best relievers are spent, they HAVE to win tonight. Lincecum was effective why would you pull him for someone that could be less effective and piss the lead away? You have to win game 4 to play game 5…

    • @RedLegHerrm: You’re missing the bigger point. They’re best relievers are spent, they HAVE to win tonight. Lincecum was effective why would you pull him for someone that could be less effective and piss the lead away? You have to win game 4 to play game 5…

      Again: Lopez has pitched to 1 batter in the series. Romo has pitched a total of 2 innings, right, and has a day off from those 2. Affeldt pitched 2, but had a day off. Casilla and Kontos are spent, I’d guess. But unless the Reds knock Cain out in the 2nd inning, they’re probably going to do just fine tomorrow with the front end of the bullpen spent.

  74. @Abel: Huh, I just never noticed. Depending on who’s announcing, I do watch muted a fair amount…

  75. Okay..Reds have played 4 games and/or 37 innings and have scored a whopping 17 runs, of which 9 came in one game. Who here really thinks we are going to open a can of whoop butt tomorrow on Cain? Basically Latos in not 100% shape is going to have to do what Bailey and Bronson did in games 2 and 3 for us to even have a shot and I don’t see that happening. It was a great season with a lousy ending, I just hope Walt and Bob see that Dusty while a nice guy and well loved/respected doesn’t have the ability to take this franchise to the next level, because if he returns with a 2-3 year deal nothing is going to change….

  76. I’ll be listening on MLB Audio as part of my MLB-TV subscription, at work. Rather listen tomorrow. I’ll need Marty’s insight, especially if we lose. Which I do not believe is likely. Heck, any decent pitcher we have is rested. Even Arroyo or Bailey might be able to get an out or two. We need 6 strong out of Latos, more than anything. Jose should not even wear a uni tomorrow if Dusty has any sense. Miss your insights if your not around. Go Reds!

    • I’ll be listening on MLB Audio as part of my MLB-TV subscription, at work.Rather listen tomorrow. I’ll need Marty’s insight, especially if we lose.Which I do not believe is likely.Heck, any decent pitcher we have is rested.Even Arroyo or Bailey might be able to get an out or two.We need 6 strong out of Latos, more than anything.Jose should not even wear a uni tomorrow if Dusty has any sense.Miss your insights if your not around.Go Reds!

      @Hank Aarons Teammate: This was for you HAT.

  77. There is no way a Reds fan can lose tomorrow. We have Latos on the mound, a well rested best of the bullpen and Hanigan will be back. On the other hand, if the Reds get swept at home, one would think the Reds ownership would have to be thinking the management situation needs a new face (see OSU and Urban Meyer). 😀

  78. I wonder if Dusty knows that after tomorrow there are no more games if we don’t win? Someone might want to remind him of that…

  79. Anyone want to fly me up from Chattanooga? The Reds are 6-0 when I’m in attendance

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