July 28, 2008

G107: Angels 7, Red Sox 5

Angels  - 010 006 000 - 7  9  0
Red Sox - 000 201 011 - 5 11 0
Not much to say about this one, except that the game did not feel as close as the final score.

A two-RBI single from Manny Ramirez gave the Sox their only lead of the game in the fourth. Then Dice-K, who had retired eight batters in a row, walked Figgins to start the top of the sixth. Ten pitches later, the Angels had a 6-2 lead. Kotchman hit a two-run homer, Izturis doubled, Guerrero singled and Hunter blasted a three-run dong.

In the bottom of the sixth, Lowrie's ground-rule double to right knocked in Ortiz (LAA 7-3) and chased Weaver. Arredondo walked Varitek on four pitches, loading the bases with two outs for Ellsbury. Lyndon was the potential tying run, but he struck out.

With one out in the seventh, Youkils and Ortiz singled, but Manny grounded into an inning-ending double play. Ellsbury singled in Drew in the eighth and Manny hit a home run into the Monster Seats with two out in the ninth.

After a shaking beginning in relief of Matsuzaka, Masterson set down the last five batters he faced with ease. Hansen threw nine pitches (eight strikes) in the eighth, retiring the Angels in order.

Toronto beat Tampa 3-1 and Baltimore clubbed New York 13-4, so the top three spots in the East standings remain the same. The fourth-place Blue Jays are now only 7.5 GB.

***

Jered Weaver (4.08, 102 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.63, 166 ERA+)

ALCS Preview!
Angels (64-40)     Red Sox (61-45)
Figgins, 3B Pedroia, 2B
Kotchman, 1B Youkilis, 1B
Izturis, SS Ortiz, DH
Guerrero, RF Ramirez, LF
Hunter, CF Lowell, 3B
Anderson, LF Drew, RF
Kendrick, 2B Lowrie, SS
Rivera, DH Varitek, C
Mathis, C Ellsbury, CF
Atta way, Tito! That lineup kicks copious amounts of ass!

Elsewhere, 7 PM: Rays/Blue Jays & Orioles/Yankees

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ish said...

I am all for eating unhealthy food sometimes, I just think it should be worth it, and fast food so rarely is.

I agree. But I feel like there could be a fast food-type restaurant that does serve actual healthy food.

I mean, what is fast food anyways? It's taking simple foods, and combining them. Burger, bun, mustard, ketchup, onions, etc etc etc. (Yuck.)

Why not take different, simple foods, and combining them? Rice bowls, for instance. And you can still go about it without charging through the nose.

Patrick said...

Sweet avatar Chief!!!!

God, I want to eat Ish' burger right now. I want to drink his milkshake too.

Jere said...

Union is my fave Square

phil said...

Dinner was from here tonight. You should go there when you move to Providence, jere.

Sarah Gates said...

We're not sarcastic here at Joy Nation or ANYTHING...

Sorry, is that, um? sarcastic?

ish said...

Actually I'm drinking some ginger ale. Made by Boylan. Probably the cleanest, palest ginger ale I've had. It's perfect.

phil said...

Masterson's hydroencephalic head frightens me.

L-girl said...

Ish, you're missing a big part of the equation. Fast food is produced in massive quantities, and that can't be done and still be healthy. It industralizes the food.

The one exception might be fast-food sushi.

ish said...

Lowrie's having a tough night at the plate so far. But we have the lead!

Patrick said...

-Obligatory Manny snark-

tim said...

OMG MANNY U FUCKIN IDIOT - TRADE HIM NOW!!!!!

Stairs 2 run dong in T.O. - 2-1 Jays.

Jere said...

Thanks for the tip, phil. How are the camera angles in that restaurant?

L-girl said...

Sarah, you're so, uh, funny. Yeah that's it, funny. :)

ish said...

Ish, you're missing a big part of the equation. Fast food is produced in massive quantities, and that can't be done and still be healthy. It industralizes the food.

This is true. But is it out of the realm of possibility to be able to cook food in large quantities while being responsible and healthy about it? Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but I think it is.

Jere said...

Last time I went to NYC, I sat in Union Square at dusk in 75-degree weather, with fireflies flashing all around me. It was "classic camera angle"-ey.

Sarah Gates said...

No, and they've been short of carrots lately as well, but I still love Stokes. They always hook me up with all the beet and carrot greens I can stand for the bunnies.

Joe Grav said...

I am all for eating unhealthy food sometimes, I just think it should be worth it, and fast food so rarely is.

I say that all the time.

L-girl said...

Large quantities, yes, I think so. (Although that's a guess.)

Massively enormous quantities that will ship everywhere and never spoil, no.

Patrick said...

I'm not finding in on google, Phil, so tell me, wtf is hydroencephalic?

Joe Grav said...

there is a pretty good reasonably-fast chain around here called the "U Grille" or something, and its whole deal is healthy-ish fast-ish food.

ish said...

Patrick, that burger was amazing. We discovered the best bun to get around here is from the bakery at Shaw's. (Just as Castig reads a Shaw's ad...), but their wheat buns are seriously good. I grilled the burger on a griddle on medium-high heat, 8 minutes a side. Came out to medium well.

Jere said...

5-0 Orioles!

Patrick said...

Fast food that has local suppliers?

ish said...

I am all for eating unhealthy food sometimes, I just think it should be worth it, and fast food so rarely is.

I say that every time I go into Chipotle.

L-girl said...

Steve Phillips giving trade advice! All the GMs should take notes, then run out and do the opposite.

Patrick said...

You tease me, Ish. My meat guy has been out of ground beef for awhile, and I so badly want pounds!

ish said...

You talk about fast food that tastes fantastic. But, anyone who is familiar with weight-watchers points... A burrito from Chipotle, with what I have on it (chicken, rice, peppers and onions, green medium salsa, and cheese)... 20 points. 875 calories.

phil said...

jere: they've got a really shitty angle of MSNBC's Hardball with subtitles, from across the bar. (I got takeout so I could get back for the game.)

patrick: hydrocephalus (typo).

Patrick said...

TORONTO 2 THOSE FUCKING RAYS 1

ish said...

You tease me, Ish. My meat guy has been out of ground beef for awhile, and I so badly want pounds!

Actually, we just got these burgers at Market Basket. Pre-shaped, as well. I don't know if you've ever been to the Meat House, but I'd be interested in getting ground beef from there.

Sarah Gates said...

But is it out of the realm of possibility to be able to cook food in large quantities while being responsible and healthy about it? Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but I think it is.

I think you are being overly optimistic, but that it's still well worth trying. Really, I think that you can produce good, healthy, responsible and inexpensive food, but mostly at the local level. Once you start getting into long supply chains, and large scale operations, I think that at least two of those have to fall by the wayside.

tim said...

As for this healthy fast food debate - hey, I mean the choices are there. I know here I go for pitas a lot of the time instead of shit like McDonald's etc.

Hell, I have a lot of meals from the grocery store. Most stores now have good quality, hot food sections and salad bars. Well, not all have salad bars, but I really think there are many choices available for quick, healthy eats.

But most people don't give a shit about that and would rather have the triple Big Mac because its "tasty" (to those with no perception of quality)

I think the only burger places I'll eat at are Wendy's and A&W (if I'm feeling really disgusting), Harveys (canadian place, a little bit better - they top your burger in front of you) or local non-chain places that also top your burger in front of you....Fuck McDonald's.

L-girl said...

Patrick, that's what In-N-Out (sp?) in California does. I had it for the first time last year when I was visiting a friend in SoCal. It was SOOOO delicious.

(Incidentially the same kind of burgers were/are available in Madison Square through Danny Meyer, the genius owner of USC and other great places. Shake Shack.)

Jere said...

6-0 Orioles

Jere said...

The humans like shake shack

L-girl said...

McD's is the worst, it's true, but Harvey's, A&W and Wendy's are not exactly good food.

Harvey's is Cdn? I thought I knew it before I got here, but maybe not.

ish said...

I'm having the hardest time just walking through the grocery store trying to figure out what to make for lunch during the week. Especially somewhat healthy foods.

phil said...

<3 Stokes and Paffenroth. I got seven bundles of basil from Paffenroth on Saturday and made a few quarts of pesto to freeze for the winter.

L-girl said...

Pitas are a good thing for a fast but healthy meal. Even Subway or Quiznos is much better and fresher. (Although the industrial bread kind of blows it.)

The humans like shake shack

What means this?

Jere said...

6 ER on 8 H, 2 D(ongs), through 5 for the Moose.

ish said...

McD's is the worst, it's true, but Harvey's, A&W and Wendy's are not exactly good food.

I've sworn off McDonalds and Wendy's. Burger King very limited. But I did eat at an A&W when I was in New Brunswick last month.

RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE ON YOUR MYSTERY SHIP.

phil said...

Tek's hacking.

L-girl said...

Tek hit! Always a nice surprise.

Joe Grav said...

TEK!

tim said...

Harvey's, A&W and Wendy's are not exactly good food.

Oh not at all. I do find myself having cravings once every few months though...

And I'm pretty sure Harvey's is Canadian. They're coupled with Swiss Chalet, which is basically Cdn. A few locations scattered throughout the US I think though.

TEK!

ish said...

6 ER on 8 H, 2 D(ongs), through 5 for the Moose.

Are you sure Mussina's pitching? Heard on the radio it was Rasner.

L-girl said...

I haven't eaten at any of those places in many, many years. There's always an alternative.

Jere said...

"The humans like shake shack

What means this?"

It's very popular. At least the one in Madison Sq. (are there others?#)

ish said...

Castig just called Weaver Washburn

tim said...

Chicken Shawarma is also one of my faves.

redsock said...

love seeing the mummy clips from the 2007 alds!!

L-girl said...

Swiss Chalet is definitely Cdn! Do you love or hate that sauce? I *hate* it.

phil said...

GDGD says it's Mussina.

Patrick said...


RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE ON YOUR MYSTERY SHIP.



omfg, this made me laugh so hard.

Jere said...

GD-squared showing Mussina in all their stats and everywhere else.


So it's probably Rasner!

L-girl said...

Shake Shack is fantastic. There is only one.

All his restaurants are fantastic. They are all nearly perfect. USC and Grammercy Tavern are actually perfect.

tim said...

I could drink that sauce all day! ...although it is just powder and water... but yeah it's definitely a love it or hate it sauce.

ish said...

I go for sandwich shops mostly if I go out. Not a fan of Quizno's unless I get the Steakhouse Beef Dip, which is terrible as far as healthy food goes. Their raspberry lemonade is amazing, though.

There are a few local italian chains around here which specialize in fresher foods. Moe's and Amato's

redsock said...

"if you don't like matt stairs, you don't like baseball."

?

Patrick said...

I'm a fan of the Portsmouth Brewery where you can get a delicious meal and a beer sampler of 10 different beers. So fun.

phil said...

If you want (Dutch) chain fast food near Union Square, Maoz is quite good. You can stuff your falafel with fried cauliflower.

ish said...

RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE ON YOUR MYSTERY SHIP.

I was saving that for when he hits his next home run, but I couldn't resist. And it was hit hard enough.

tim said...

One of my faves at Swiss Chalet is the wrap...no need for the sauce with that!

Patrick said...

Have you gone to dos amigos in Portsmouth Ish? I go to that place if I buy a quick meal.

ish said...

I'm a fan of the Portsmouth Brewery where you can get a delicious meal and a beer sampler of 10 different beers. So fun.

How much would that cost?

ish said...

I think next year that's something I'll have to try. Doing the beer sampling thing.

L-girl said...

I don't understand the need for that sauce on anything for any reason. :)

Seriously, why does chicken need sauce?

Sarah Gates said...

Laura, I almost brought up In-N-Out myself. Everytime I wish I could have that here, I remember the reason they won't expand their operations, and I don't mind so much. It would be sad if they went the way of McDonalds.

Tim, two things. One, the choices may be there in your area (and in my fairly affluent section of Queens) but in poorer neighborhoods, they really aren't. The grocery stores have largely abandoned those areas, and the readily available food is either from fast food or from the local bodega, not exactly known as a bastion of fresh healthy eating. And two, the big unhealthy food choices are also the ones with the huge advertising budgets, and while we may be discerning consumers and not so easily swayed, you don't see that many ads for honestly healthy options, and others ARE easily swayed. There's a real, and growing, connection between income and obesity, and it's hard for me to believe that this has nothing to do with it.

redsock said...

I was saving that for when he hits his next home run...

I may not be blogging then.

kkh said...

WKRO indicated earlier that Mussina was pitching.

L-girl said...

Union Square is also home to the original (but not best) Zen Palette. My fave vegetarian restaurant. The best one is 9th Ave & 45 (47?) St.

ish said...

Have you gone to dos amigos in Portsmouth Ish? I go to that place if I buy a quick meal.

I used to go there all the time, but since Chipotle opened, I haven't eaten a meal there in ages.

The reason isn't their food, but it's their prices. When it comes to their food, I like it rather simple: soft taco with cheese and picante. So two soft tacos would come out to $5 or $6 and another $1 for picante, and a drink... For such a small amount of food.

Patrick said...

The 10 beer sampler is 7.75 and it includes 2.5 beers worth of, well, beer. It's a good deal.

ish said...

But Dos Amigos' picante is the most amazing salsa-type substance I've ever had in the world. I go in there frequently just to get picante. Or chips and picante.

Jere said...

Tek was bracing for impact

phil said...

Union Square is also home to the original (but not best) Zen Palette.

Was. It closed.

They've opened one in Princeton, supposedly. They've also got a burger joint near Grand Central now.

ish said...

Yeah, it does look like Mussina was pitching.

Now he's not.

phil said...

Squander.

L-girl said...

Sarah, I think when I came home from SoCal and blogged about In-N-Out, you were drooling along with me. :)

You're right about the fast food, I would just change income and obesity to income and health. Since I believe the supposed obesity epidemic is a myth - but the poor health of low-income USians is beyond dispute.

Jere said...

L: That Zen Palate is history!

I looooooove ZP. The other ones are still there, I believe, but they had to close the U Sq one.

ish said...

MFY are being 1-hit by Jeremy Guthrie.

Jere said...

I sat next to Andre 3000 at the west side Zen Palate.....

L-girl said...

Wow, the Union Square ZP closed!?! Wow. It was such a great place. I hope the one on 9th Ave is still there.

tim said...

sarah, you are a smart one. i definitely think it has to do with availability - i have been to many grocery stores (mostly in the US, sadly) where the healthier options aren't available.

and yeah, income definitely does have something to do with it, as well as the correlation between income and knowledge - not being susceptible to the advertisements and rationally thinking of better, healthier choices.

Sarah Gates said...

Zen Palette. What an excellent idea. If I weren't watching this baseball game with you fine folks, I just might leave the house for that.

L-girl said...

Jere, I just learned that through Phil. Sad. But I'm glad the 9th Ave one is there.

phil said...

A Zen Palate clone opened on Third Ave between 16th and 17th, but I haven't tried it -- they couldn't ensure that stuff didn't contain corn starch, and my partner's mom's allergic.

Patrick said...

One thing about the obesity problem is the doctors have easy to fit conditions for being obese for the sake of qualifying for prescriptions...

phil said...

Their burger joint is imaginatively named Zen Burger. Their kids' Gobo is still on Sixth Ave in the Village (and on the upper east side).

tim said...

Whatever this Zen Palate place is sounds delicious. I want to go.

Sarah Gates said...

We seem to have the same conversations here a lot, just change the evil in question, Laura, and we're back to last night's Army/Exxon convo!

I think the obesity is real, it's just an indicator of the poor overall health. The solution is not dieting, it's health care.

chief said...

"How'd that work out for you? That why your up here?

Laughing my ass off.

Patrick said...

I'm still drooling about this supposed 'wings your way'. It's on my list.

phil said...

Fuck.

L-girl said...

shit

Patrick said...

FAK!!!!!

tim said...

Fack.

Sarah Gates said...

Awww, man. Nice try Werd.

tim said...

Morty's time. FINALLY. Later folks!

phil said...

tim: Zen Palate. It's actually overrated, except for their curry noodle soup which takes no prisoners.

Jere said...

Drew's gotta climb that ladder. Short wall, put a foot up on it, and spring up in the air. In my fantasy world, they attempt this on every home run.

redsock said...

why didn't he catch that?

fucking manny.

ish said...

There was a sketch at the beginning of "The Onion Movie" that said the United States, in an effort to decrease the amount of obesity in the country, is changing the definition of what is obese, so only the heaviest people are considered obese.

Then this huge guy shows up and talks about how greatful he is not to be classified as obese anymore.

L-girl said...

The increased weight is real, but none of the other stuff around it is, I have come to believe, after much reading. But I certainly agree with you about dieting vs health.

Patrick said...

Fakity Fak!

Jere said...

aw jeez Edith

L-girl said...

I hate that wall-climbing act. Especially when the OFer hooks his arm around an OF wall.

phil said...

Daisuke being Wakefield.

Jere said...

okay, I guess Drew didn't quite have time to rob that HR.

Patrick said...

I hate this god damn team!

There, I said it.

L-girl said...

It is most definitely NOT over-rated! I was into restaurants in NYC, and that was one of my faves.

tim said...

Goddamn. Not yet. Time to watch more of this bad.

Thanks for the link Phil, I googled it as well. Still looks good.

All this talk of beer sampling makes me hungry for the Bier Markt in Toronto (featuring their amazing fries with curry mayo sauce) and mussels. Great place.

redsock said...

tito thinking masterson for kendrick?

tim said...

Triple play pls.

phil said...

Shitfuck.

Sarah Gates said...

Wow. This was going so well, until now.

Jere said...

yeah, Zen Palate is just plain rated.

Get the--oh Jesus. 6 to effing 2.

L-girl said...

I fucking hate the Angels.

AND THERE ARE STILL NO OUTS

tim said...

Wut the fuck manny? At least drew tried to climb the wall

ish said...

I'm still drooling about this supposed 'wings your way'. It's on my list.

I ate there Friday night. :)

It's amazing. As far as quesadillas go, you get twice as much food for the same price as places like Dos Amigos.

Patrick said...

ARGHHH!!!! OH NO!!! MY TESTICLE IS SHATTERING!!! DAMN YOU DAISUKE!!!

Joe Grav said...

FUCK

ish said...

Cock kabobs.

Jere said...

11-0 Baltimore on a grand dong!

tim said...

I guess nows as good a time to leave as any.

Eff this (until I get to Mortys)

L-girl said...

Amazing fries and dip in Toronto = Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar

[Allan will now start to drool.]

phil said...

NYC vegetarian restaurants better than Zen Palate:

Candle 79
Candle Cafe
Blossom
Pukk
Red Bamboo
Curly's
Angelica's
Caravan of Dreams
Hangawi
Kate's Joint
Quartino (does have one fish dish)

Zen Palate does beat out VP2 though, maybe.

Patrick said...

Ooooooh the pain

Jere said...

Candle Cafe, now that's overrated. But only my opinion. I finally went and I was very sad.

phil said...

Counter > Zen Palate, too.

L-girl said...

VP2 is gross.

I am not comparing ZP to vegetarian restaurants, but to the universe of restaurants in NYC. Which makes it even better!

Patrick said...

I'm way out of this loop.

phil said...

Candle's seitan >> all. Go to Candle79 if it's your price point, though.

Jere said...

i liked the fake animals at VP2

redsock said...

THE BALL DID NOT GO OVER THE BAG AT ALL -- FUCK YOU BLUE!

Jere said...

oh right, the seitan. On the stick. That was great, I'll give you that.

L-girl said...

well it's all opinion - has to be with food

L-girl said...

anything > seitan

phil said...

Let's just all bat around this weekend.

Jere said...

Satan and seitan are two of my favorite things.

L-girl said...

OUTS PLEASE!!!!!

L-girl said...

I'm cool with satan, but I can't stand seitan.

L-girl said...

crap crap crap crap crap crap crap crap crap crap

etc

phil said...

FKR - 001 000 0
TOR - 000 020 0

We might hold even tonight.

Jere said...

angels squeezed a loaf

phil said...

Pure Food & Wine is also good but weird (raw).

L-girl said...

I went to a raw food place on the UWS, don't remember the name. The food was good, but afterwards it was like, ok, what's for dinner.

Too precious for me. Too contrived.

phil said...

Jere: do you remember Veg City Diner?

L-girl said...

finally!

Jere said...

Oh no, "does Manny know the count?" talk. And making fun of him for liking the big shiny lights on the scoreboard.

I hope he fouls one back and knocks their teeth out.

Sarah Gates said...

Wow - this is no fun. I'm going to start dinner.

L-girl said...

I remember Veg City Diner.

I remember it from when it was just City Diner, then Veg. Big place to go out after demos.

Jere said...

i never went to that one

phil said...

Not sure which raw food place is in the UWS. Quintessence is the other popular one and is in the east village.

redsock said...

manny has forgotten more about baseball than steve phillips will ever know.

L-girl said...

I hope he fouls one back and knocks their teeth out.

I'd pay to see that.

L-girl said...

For all I know it's been gone for years. It was 6-7 yrs ago or so, an eternity for a NYC restaurant.

phil said...

Well Veg City burned down. It sort'a reopened as Curly's Vegetarian Lunch between 1st and 2nd aves, but it isn't as good. (Still worth patronizing.)

Jere said...

I love it when the OTHER pitcher has to go to the dungeon. Up 5, leadoff walk.

nixon33 said...

FUCK YOU! WE CAN SCORE RUNS TOO MOTHERFUCKERS< LETS GO!

phil said...

Raw Soul's on w145th, apparently. That's past the UWS, though.

L-girl said...

Burned down? That's a weird thing for that area.

L-girl said...

It was on Columbus in the 80s.

L-girl said...

MUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!!!!!!

"Does Manny Ramirez want to win as much--"

That's as far I got.

phil said...

Well, burned out. They had a sign for weeks saying they'd reopen, but they never did.

redsock said...

could someone shove 5 gallons of shit down these guys' throats?

ish said...

NESN couldn't find something good for the Twisted Tea promo, so they said Jose Arrandondo being converted from an infielder to a pitcher was twisted.

Uh, Wakefield anyone?

L-girl said...

this game is really very fucking annoying

Jere said...

ESPN: The worldwide leader in forcing people to choose their less-preffered camera angle network over them.

phil said...

Blossom opened a location on Columbus Ave between 82-83 but has only some raw stuff.

L-girl said...

Our fiery hero

Jere said...

"Blossom opened a location"

Whoa!

L-girl said...

It was all raw. But like I said, it was several years ago.

ish said...

Interesting that ESPN isn't blacked out here. I could choose. And I've chosen NESN.

redsock said...

not 10 seonds after orel says manny works his ass off and is a great teammate, shulman asks him if manny wants to win as much as his teammates?

god, i wish espn would just blow up with every one of these morans inside. it would be the best thing to happen to baseball in decades.

ish said...

JEDI RIBEYE.

But, Fenway giveth and taketh away. Drew could've scored if that one didn't bounce into the stands.

L-girl said...

Thank you! We *can* bring runners in to score.

It's true.

nixon33 said...

COME ON RALLY!
COME ON TEK YOU CAN DO IT!

ish said...

I do like Orel, though. Too bad he has to work with morons.

Jere said...

ish likes orel

phil said...

Back to back triples for Wilkerson and Inglett. 3-1 Bluebirds.

L-girl said...

I love how Nix shows up every once in a while JUST TO YELL AT THE TEAM. It's great.

nixon33 said...

ish likes the angry orgasmer

L-girl said...

Apparently the moronitude is contagious, b/c Orel seems to have plenty of it tonight.

ish said...

This is a crazy important AB.

ish said...

ish likes orel

Damn. Now you know my secret.

phil said...

TEK DIDN'T SWING AT THAT RISING FASTBALL

Jere said...

Redondo Beach has got nothin'!

phil said...

LBJ time.

ish said...

Lyndon with the bases loaded!

Come on, be LBJ!

L-girl said...

YES IT'S TRUE - HE DIDN'T

good job, capn

L-girl said...

Come on Lyndon, be our hero.

redsock said...

i would accept a cheap game-tying pesky pole grand slam from lyndon.

Jere said...

ish se gusta "el BJ"

phil said...

LBJ's 2-8 with 6 RBI with the bases loaded.

L-girl said...

I'll take a walk.

nixon33 said...

that looked low!

phil said...

LBJ TOOK SOME PITCHES

redsock said...

I do like Orel, though. Too bad he has to work with morons.


orel: "dice-k has been on top of his game. look at that record: 11-1."

yeah, *work* with morons.

L-girl said...

fuckety fuck

what a waste

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