Sonny Gray

Sonny Douglas Gray (born November 7, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees.

Gray attended Vanderbilt University and played college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Athletics selected Gray in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2013, won the American League Pitcher of the Month Award twice in 2014, and was named an MLB All-Star in 2015. The Yankees acquired Gray in 2017, and traded him to the Reds before the 2019 season.

Sonny Gray
Sonny Gray 2015
Gray with the Oakland A’s
Cincinnati Reds – No. 54
Pitcher
Born: November 7, 1989 (age 29)
Nashville, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 10, 2013, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through August 15, 2019)
Win–loss record67–58
Earned run average3.57
Strikeouts943
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Gray was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Cindy and Jesse Gray, and lived in Nashville until his family moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, before his eighth-grade year. His father died in a car accident during Gray's freshman year of high school, just as Gray started playing baseball for Smyrna High School.[1][2]

Smyrna High School (2004–2008)

As a freshman, he pitched and played left field and was named Freshman of the Year in District 9AAA. As a sophomore, he suffered injuries and saw limited action during the season. As a junior, he led his team to the 2007 State Tournament with an 11–2 win-loss record and a 0.95 earned run average (ERA). This earned him a nod for the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic, and a nomination for National Player of the Year (which Tim Melville ultimately won). As a senior, he went 4–0 with a 0.79 ERA. However, he was injured in a district game in April 2008 that ended his season. He also excelled at the plate, batting over .500 his last two seasons at Smyrna, but instead opted to pitch in college.

In addition to his success on the mound, he also played quarterback for Smyrna's football team, guiding them to back-to-back 5A State titles in 2006 and 2007.[3] He was voted Gatorade Player of the Year by The Tennessean in 2007 and 2008 for his overall athletic success.

Gray also was involved in other extra-curricular activities in high school. He starred as the lead character (Troy Bolton) in his school's rendition of High School Musical on Stage! [4] [5]

Having already made a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University before Smyrna's state tournament run, he was drafted in the 27th round by the Chicago Cubs in the 2008 MLB Draft. He did not sign with the team.

Vanderbilt University (2008–11)

As a freshman for the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team, he began as a relief pitcher, earning four saves before moving to a starter's role late in the season. He posted a 4.30 ERA, which he would improve upon in the next two years. He was designated as the ace of Vanderbilt's pitching staff in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, he went 10–5 with a 3.48 ERA, and led the team in strikeouts (113). Gray's junior year was his most successful, as he went 12–4 with a 2.43 ERA and 132 strikeouts. He also helped Vanderbilt earn their first-ever College World Series berth, making it to the semifinals and losing to national runner-up Florida.

Professional career

Oakland Athletics

Minor leagues

Gray was selected 18th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2011 MLB Draft.[6] He elected to forgo his senior year at Vanderbilt, and signed with Oakland for a $1.54 million signing bonus.[7] After he signed, the Athletics assigned Gray to the Midland RockHounds of the Class AA Texas League.[8] The next year, Gray began his season with Midland. There, he posted a 4.14 ERA before being promoted to the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, where he struggled in his only start.[9]

To start the 2013 season, Gray returned to the River Cats, where he posted a 2.81 ERA and was selected to start the Triple-A All-Star Game for the Pacific Coast League.

2013 season

On July 10, 2013, Gray was called up to replace Dan Straily, who had been optioned to Triple-A.[10] He made his first major league appearance out of the bullpen, in relief of Jerry Blevins, against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Gray pitched two innings, tallying three strikeouts and allowing a single hit. He allowed neither a run nor a walk. Gray made a second relief appearance nine days later against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim but was then sent back down to the minors.

Gray was recalled again by the Athletics on August 10, and made his first Major League start against Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto.[11] This was supposed to be just a spot start in Tommy Milone's place in the rotation after Milone's struggles and subsequent option down to Triple-A Sacramento. However, Gray would later become a fixture in the A's rotation as the fifth starter.

Gray's first Major League win came against Erik Bedard and the Houston Astros in his home debut. He pitched 8 shutout innings to earn a 5–0 win.

On September 22, Gray pitched and won the AL West Division-clinching game against the Minnesota Twins in an 11–7 A's victory. He finished the regular season, going 5–3 in 12 games (10 starts) with a 2.67 ERA, striking out 67 in 64 innings.

On October 5, Gray started Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. In a no-decision effort, he pitched 8 scoreless innings before a 9th inning walk-off hit by Stephen Vogt resulted in a 1–0 Oakland win.[12] In a surprise move, Gray was elected to start Game 5 over Bartolo Colón. Facing Justin Verlander, Gray pitched 5+ innings, giving up 6 hits and 3 runs, getting the loss in the 3–0 game.[13]

2014 season

Despite not having previously been on an Opening Day roster, Gray made his first career Opening Day start on March 31 against the Cleveland Indians. He started the season 4–1 with a 1.76 ERA, while also recording his first complete game shutout, and 37 strikeouts in 41.0 innings pitched over six starts in April. For his early success, he was named AL Pitcher of the Month for the first time in his career. He would later go on to win AL Pitcher of the Month for July, as well. On the final day of the regular season, Sonny clinched the Athletics' third consecutive playoff spot with a complete game win on the road against the Texas Rangers. The A's would go on to lose the 2014 AL Wild Card Game to the Kansas City Royals in extra innings.

2015 season

Sonny Gray ST 2017
Gray with the Athletics in 2017

Gray was tabbed for a second straight Opening Day start for the Oakland Athletics on April 6 against the Texas Rangers. He pitched eight innings and allowed only one hit, holding the Rangers hitless until the eighth inning. Gray continued his success through mid-July, as he held a 10–3 record and a 2.04 ERA at the All-Star Break. He was selected to his first All-Star Game. He did not appear in the All-Star Game because he had started for the Athletics on the Sunday before the game.[14]

Gray finished the season 14–7 with a 2.73 ERA. He finished third in the American League Cy Young Award voting, behind winner Dallas Keuchel and David Price.[15]

2016 season

Gray failed to improve on his successful 2015 season, suffering multiple setbacks that twice landed him on the disabled list.[16] He finished the season with a 5–11 record with a 5.69 ERA.

New York Yankees

2017 season

On July 31, 2017, the Oakland Athletics traded Gray to the New York Yankees in exchange for Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo, and James Kaprielian.[17] The Yankees would advance to the ALCS after overcoming a 2–0 series deficit against the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. New York would go on to lose the ALCS in 7 games to the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros.

2018 season

Gray struggled with his starts throughout his tenure as a starter in 2018, eventually losing his rotation spot to newly acquired teammate Lance Lynn after giving up seven runs in ​2 23 innings to the Baltimore Orioles on August 1.[18] Although his road ERA was a respectable 3.62, his ERA at Yankee Stadium was inflated at 7.71 and his total record as a Yankee prior to his demotion to the bullpen was 12–15 and a 4.85 ERA.[19]

Cincinnati Reds

On January 21, 2019, the Yankees traded Gray and Reiver Sanmartin to the Cincinnati Reds for Shed Long and a competitive balance draft pick in the 2019 MLB draft.[20] Gray signed a three-year contract extension with the Reds prior to the trade. [21] The Yankees then traded Long to the Seattle Mariners for Josh Stowers.[22] Just days before the All Star Game, Gray was named a replacement for Max Scherzer.

Pitching style

Gray's pitch repertoire includes a four-seam fastball at 91–95 mph, a slider at 84–88 mph, a curveball at 79–83, a cutter at 89–92, and a changeup at 86–88.

Personal life

Gray and his wife Jessica were married on November 12, 2016. The couple have two sons.[23]

Gray grew up a New York Yankees fan.[24]

References

  1. ^ Lee, Jane (March 28, 2014). "Thanks to his dad, A's right-hander Sonny Gray was built for success". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Steward, Carl (March 31, 2015). "Death of father focused A's Sonny Gray". The Mercury News. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ Albert Chen (May 9, 2014). "How Sonny Gray went from small-town star to Athletics ace". SI.com. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Scott Miller (July 20, 2016). "David Price and Sonny Gray Building a Bromance That Transcends the Game". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Christian Red (August 5, 2017). "The legend of Sonny Gray: From tragedy to triumph, understanding the character and drive of the new Yankees pitcher". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "A's Select RHP Sonny Gray in First Round of 2011 First-Year Player Draft". Oakland Athletics. Mlb.mlb.com. June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  7. ^ McClintock, Brandon (July 25, 2011). "Oakland A's Sign First-Round Draft Pick Sonny Gray". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Traub, Todd (July 10, 2012). "Texas notes: Gray looks on bright side". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Sonny Gray". Sports-Reference. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "A's select RHP Gray from Sacramento; option RHP Straily to Sacramento". Oakland A's Press Release. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  11. ^ Jarosh, Noah (August 10, 2013). "Athletics recall Sonny Gray to be part of rotation". SB Nation. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  12. ^ McPherson, Sam (October 6, 2013). "Phenomenal Pitching Put Vogt in Position to Even ALDS". CBS Sacramento. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  13. ^ McPherson, Sam (October 10, 2013). "A's Go Down Meekly in Game Five Again, Lose 3–0 to Tigers". CBS San Francisco. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Jaffe, Jay (July 14, 2015). "2015 MLB All-Star Game preview: Lineups, starting pitchers and more". SI.com. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  15. ^ "Baseball Awards Voting for 2015". Baseball Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  16. ^ Garcia, Mark (September 28, 2016). "Sonny Gray makes one-inning return in A's loss". The Mercury News. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  17. ^ Trezza, Joe (July 31, 2017). "Yankees get Gray from A's for 3 prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  18. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24267123/yankees-move-sonny-gray-bullpen-put-lance-lynn-rotation
  19. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/recap/MLB_20180801_BAL@NYY/
  20. ^ https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2019/01/21/sonny-gray-headed-cincinnati-reds-trade-new-york-yankees/2618026002/
  21. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25818687/reds-complete-trade-get-sonny-gray-yanks-pitcher-signs-extension
  22. ^ https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/mlb/yankees/2019/01/21/new-york-yankees-trade-shed-long-seattle-mariners-josh-stowers/2639322002/
  23. ^ Lee, Jane (February 17, 2015). "Sonny now a daddy: Gray loving fatherhood". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on July 1, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  24. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/sports/baseball/sonny-gray-jaime-garcia-yankees.html

External links

2011 College Baseball All-America Team

This is a list of college baseball players named first team All-Americans in 2011. The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for baseball: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2011 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2011 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Regions Park in Hoover, AL from May 25 through May 29, 2011.

2013 American League Division Series

The 2013 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the teams that would participate in the 2013 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3 based on record) and a fourth team — the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff — played in two series. TBS carried most of the games, with some on MLB Network.

These matchups were:

(1) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions, 97–65) vs. (5) Tampa Bay Rays (Wild Card winner, 92–71): Red Sox win series, 3–1.

(2) Oakland Athletics (West Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 93–69): Tigers win series, 3–2.This was the 2nd time the Rays and Red Sox have faced each other in the postseason. The only other time was the 2008 ALCS which was won by the Rays 4 games to 3.This was the 4th time the Tigers and the A's have faced each other in the postseason.

The Tigers and the A's faced each other in the 1972 ALCS (A's won 3–2), in the 2006 ALCS (Tigers won 4–0) and in the 2012 ALDS (Tigers won 3–2).

2014 Oakland Athletics season

The 2014 Oakland Athletics season was the 46th for the franchise at O.co Coliseum, as well as the 114th in club history. The Athletics entered the season hoping to win a third consecutive American League West championship; to that end, the team made a number of key signings and trades during the 2013-14 MLB offseason. Notably, Athletics traded outfielder Michael Choice for left fielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom; they also traded the promising but oft-injured Brett Anderson for reliever Drew Pomeranz. Additional trades brought in relievers Fernando Abad (acquired for John Wooten), Luke Gregerson (acquired for Seth Smith), and Jim Johnson (acquired for Jemile Weeks and David Freitas). In free agency, the Athletics signed former All-Star starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal. These moves, among others, sought to bolster the depth of team's starting pitching and bullpen.

Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.

Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.

The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had upped their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the As were met with disaster. An historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.

The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.

2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, July 14. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 6–3.

On January 21, 2013, then-Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig, announced the 2015 All-Star Game would be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds. This was the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988 All-Star Game was played at Riverfront Stadium.On July 15, 2014, Selig also announced that Pete Rose would not be prohibited from participating in the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies. Rose was an All-Star for 13 of the 19 seasons he played on the Reds and was a member of the Big Red Machine. In 1991, Rose was permanently banned from MLB for baseball betting. Rose, wearing a red sport coat, appeared on the field in front of the pitcher's mound before the game and received a standing ovation alongside former teammates Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan.

On May 12, 2015, the Reds announced that Todd Frazier would serve as the 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson.Mike Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the 2015 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

2015 Oakland Athletics season

The 2015 Oakland Athletics season was the 48th for the franchise in Oakland (all at O.co Coliseum), as well as the 115th in club history.

2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cleveland Indians and was played at Progressive Field on July 9, 2019, with the American League prevailing over the National League, 4–3.The decision to name Cleveland the host city was announced on January 27, 2017 by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. It was the sixth All-Star Game in Cleveland, and the first since 1997; this established the Indians as the team to have hosted the most All-Star Games, breaking a four-way tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds, who have each hosted the game five times. It was also the first time since 2014 that an American League team has hosted the event. That All-Star Game also coincided with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field and made it the second All-Star Game hosted by that ballpark. Alex Cora of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox managed the American League, and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers managed the National League for the second consecutive year.

2019 Major League Baseball draft

The 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft was held June 3–5, 2019. The draft assigned amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order was set based on the reverse order of the 2018 MLB season standings. In addition, compensation picks were distributed for players who did not sign from the 2018 MLB Draft and for teams that lost qualifying free agents. The first 41 picks, including the first round and compensatory picks, were broadcast by MLB Network on June 3, and the second round was streamed on MLB.com directly following the first round. The remainder of the draft was streamed online on June 4–5.

The Baltimore Orioles, who had the worst record of the 2018 MLB season, selected Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the draft. The Atlanta Braves received the ninth overall pick as compensation for failing to sign Carter Stewart. The Arizona Diamondbacks received the 26th overall pick as compensation for failing to sign Matt McLain. The Los Angeles Dodgers received the 31st overall pick as compensation for not signing J. T. Ginn. The Pittsburgh Pirates received the 37th overall pick for failing to sign Gunnar Hoglund. As a result of surpassing the luxury tax threshold by over $40 million, the Boston Red Sox' top pick dropped down 10 places in the draft.

Bo McKinnis

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Dustin Fowler

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List of Oakland Athletics Opening Day starting pitchers

The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Oakland, California. They play in the American League West division. The club was founded in Philadelphia in 1901, moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1955 and relocated to Oakland in 1968. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.Since their arrival in Oakland, the A's home field has been the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, a multi-purpose stadium that has also been used for football, and soccer games. Commonly referred to as The Oakland Coliseum, or simply The Coliseum, it was formerly known as Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (1966–1998, Present), Network Associates Coliseum (1998–2004) and McAfee Coliseum (2004–2008). The A's played their 1996 Opening Day game at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nevada while repairs at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum were being completed, the first time in 39 years that a major league team played in a minor-league ballpark.In Oakland, the A's have used 32 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 52 seasons. The 32 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 16 wins, 19 losses and 17 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game or if the starting pitcher pitches fewer than five innings. Of the 17 no decisions, the A's went on to win seven and lose ten of those games, for a team record on Opening Day of 23 wins and 29 losses.Since it moved to Oakland, the team has played 36 of their Opening Day games at home: 33 at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, 3 in Tokyo, and once in Las Vegas. Of the 33 games played in Oakland, the A's starting pitchers have a record of 12 wins, 9 losses and 12 no decisions (the team won seven and lost six of these no decisions). The 1996 game at Las Vegas' Cashman Field was a loss for starter Carlos Reyes. The 2008 game in the Tokyo Dome was a no decision for starter Joe Blanton that ended in an A's loss. The 2012 Tokyo Dome game resulted in a no decision for starter Brandon McCarthy and a loss for the team. Mike Fiers took the loss in the 2019 Tokyo Dome opener. Overall, the team's starting pitchers' record in home games is 12–11 (with 14 no decisions).The A's have advanced to the playoffs 18 times while in Oakland, winning the American League Championship Series six times and going on to win the World Series in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1989. In the 18 seasons that the A's advanced to the playoffs, the teams Opening Day starting pitchers have had a record of eight wins, four losses and six no decisions; the team ultimately won three and lost three of the no decisions. The team's starters won four and lost one Opening Day game in the six seasons they advanced to the World Series.Catfish Hunter was the team's first Opening Day starter after the team moved to Oakland, taking a 3–1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium in 1968.

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Matt Chapman

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Midland RockHounds

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Sacramento River Cats

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Sacramento was previously represented in the PCL by the Solons, a charter member of the league which was founded in 1903. Three different versions of the Solons played in California's capital city in 1903, 1905, from 1909 to 1914, from 1918 to 1960, and from 1974 to 1976. As of 2018, Sacramento is the only charter city that hosts a PCL team.

The team has won four PCL championships. Most recently, the River Cats won back-to-back in 2007 and 2008. They went on to win the Triple-A National Championship Game in both seasons. Sacramento also won the PCL crown in 2003 and 2004.

In 2016, Forbes listed the team as the most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $49 million.

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Smyrna High School (Tennessee)

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