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09-02

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Interleague Report: Week 23
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Jeff Quinton

08-29

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7

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
by
Wilson Karaman

08-29

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: Buy Corey Dickerson
by
Craig Goldstein

08-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: Analyzing the Competitive Landscape
by
Jeff Quinton

08-28

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Checking in on a Scoresheet Rookie
by
Ben Murphy

08-27

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3

Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Three
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-27

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3

They Hold No Quarter: Third Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

08-26

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8

Deep Impact: Week 21
by
Ben Carsley

08-25

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Interleague Report: Week 22
by
Jeff Quinton

08-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
by
J.P. Breen

08-25

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Weak Links
by
Mike Gianella

08-25

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Closer to Me: Week 22
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
by
Wilson Karaman

08-22

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Era
by
Craig Goldstein

08-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Information, Humans, and Errors in Valuation
by
Jeff Quinton

08-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Week 21
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-21

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4

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 32
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-20

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Dynasty Dynamics: More Top 50 Talk
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-20

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They Hold No Quarter: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Being Wrong About Yovani Gallardo
by
J.P. Breen

08-19

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Deep Impact: Week 20
by
Ben Carsley

08-19

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14

The Stash List: 18th Edition: The Final Quest
by
Bret Sayre

08-18

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Interleague Report: Week 21
by
Jeff Quinton

08-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Jonathan Lucroy
by
J.P. Breen

08-18

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Closer to Me: Week 21
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Starling Marte and Being Wrong
by
Craig Goldstein

08-14

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 31
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Setting Expectations on Superstars
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J.P. Breen

08-13

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27

Dynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-13

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7

They Hold No Quarter: First Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-12

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14

The Stash List: 17th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

08-12

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5

Deep Impact: Week 19
by
Ben Carsley

08-11

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison
by
J.P. Breen

08-11

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2

Closer to Me: Week 20
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-11

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9

Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms
by
Mike Gianella

08-08

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11

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
by
Wilson Karaman

08-08

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Fantasy Freestyle: Jeremy Hellickson
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Craig Goldstein

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Strategy Example From the Deadline
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Jeff Quinton

08-07

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Trade Winds
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-06

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Dynasty Dynamics: Post-Deadline Prospect Value
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-05

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Deep Impact: Week 18
by
Ben Carsley

08-05

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The Stash List: 16th Edition
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Bret Sayre

08-04

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Interleague Report: Week 19
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Jeff Quinton

08-04

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The Buyer's Guide: Lucas Duda
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J.P. Breen

08-04

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Closer to Me: Week 19
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Mauricio Rubio

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Leagues With In-Season Salary Caps
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Mike Gianella

08-01

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
by
Wilson Karaman

07-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadlines and Systems of Thought
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Jeff Quinton

07-31

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 21

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league

Chicago White Sox
Jake Petricka has been the most reliable and healthy reliever in the White Sox bullpen this year. It’s been a nice surprise, but I’ve never thought of Petricka as a high-leverage reliever. He has a strikeout rate that is approaching acceptable at 18 percent, but generally, if you’re looking at relievers who operate lower in the strikeout rate department, you want a guy who has command. Petricka also loses the zone enough for an 11 percent walk rate. That’s unacceptable considering how many bats he fails to miss. Matt Lindstrom was activated off the disabled list and had a bad outing against Toronto this past Saturday. I believe in Lindstrom more than I do in Petricka as a speculative saves play down the stretch.

San Diego Padres
Joaquin Benoit is dealing with a barky shoulder, which is a situation that absolutely deserves monitoring. Benoit is having a tremendous season at 37, as he has a 0.85 WHIP and a 31.1 percent strikeout rate. He is slated to be available on Tuesday, but I think it would be prudent to check up on Kevin Quackenbush and Dale Thayer in the Padres bullpen. Quackenbush is the logical next man up.



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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Starling Marte and Being Wrong

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Craig Goldstein

Craig doesn't like being wrong, but he doesn't mind owning up to it about the Pirates outfielder.

This won’t come as a surprise to most anyone, but I thoroughly enjoy being correct. My default form of conversation is argument/debate, and I’ll generally play devil’s advocate even if I agree with someone, as a means to ferret out why I agree, or why that point is worth making. Basically, if I’m talking to you or at you, it’s because I have a vested interest in making a point that I want you to agree with. I’m a terrible person.

What sucks (for me) is I’m wrong a lot. I don’t think the percentage is particularly egregious, but as with anyone who puts their opinions on record, those opinions are going to be wrong with some regularity. I’ve accepted that as a part of life, but it’s still hard to swallow. I often think my reasons at the time were justified, and that just because it didn’t break my way, doesn’t mean I was wrong, just that it turned out differently. This is hiding behind “the process.” I was wrong, and good reasoning at the time or not, that needs to be owned. I was wrong about Starling Marte.

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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 31

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes recommend pickups for the stretch run, discuss the upcoming supplemental draft, and tour the nation's capital.

AL:

Shane Greene (61% available):
Greene has been solid through a handful of starts for the Yankees and seems to be getting regular chances the rest of the way. Allowing an ERA under 3.00, he’s probably due for some regression, but even if his run prevention catches up to his peripherals, he’ll still be a helpful guy to have around for the rest of the year.


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August 13, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Setting Expectations on Superstars

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J.P. Breen

Reevaluating the fantasy value of two elite hitters you may have been nervous to draft this spring.

“He’s just a name-brand at this point. He’s not as good as people think. At this point, people are blinded by previous performance, rather than current or future performance.”

My buddy, Drew, leaned forward and smiled as he crossed off Tom Brady’s name from our pre-draft ranking sheet. Drew and I have co-owned a fantasy football team for years. He’s the brains of the operation. I’m along for the ride because it makes me more interested in the NFL than I otherwise would be, but Drew spent the better part of two months preaching to me that Tom Brady was no longer the quarterback everyone had grown accustomed to over the past decade. We had him as the no. 8 QB in our pre-draft rankings and it’s not difficult to imagine the smug look on our faces as we watched Brady go as the third-overall QB in the second round.

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August 13, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

The DD duo unveils its current prospect rankings and takes a few jabs at each other about them.

When Bret isn’t busy ruining our lives by creating the Bat Signal, he’s busy ranking things. Like, everything. I mean, look at this.


meme courtesy of @EricNeville

He actually made that ranking. It stunk.

Anyway, the Appels didn’t fall far from the tree (name humor) in this family, and sometimes we get the urge to rank things ourselves. Okay, fine, Ben gets the urge and I get a nervous breakdown. Nonetheless, what follows is at top 50 fantasy prospect ranking from each of us, and then an ensuing squabble about who did what wrong.

Enjoy.

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August 13, 2014 6:00 am

They Hold No Quarter: First Base

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BP Fantasy Staff

In the first edition of a weekly series, the fantasy crew picks little-owned first baseman who might be worth grabbing for 2015 and beyond.

If there’s anything we love more than baseball around here on the fantasy staff, it’s collaborating with each other. So, at the behest of myself, we’re going to be doing one final group series of the year to close out the last seven weeks of the season. For this series, we will each select one player who is below 25 percent owned in either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues who could be someone to consider grabbing before the end of the season with an eye toward a keeper spot. Now, given the depth we’re dealing with here, these recommendations are not for owners who can keep five or seven players from season-to-season. They’re more for those of you who play in leagues where keepers take up more than half of your roster (and possibly more, in the case of some recommendations contained within).

Yonder Alonso, San Diego Padres
“There was a point, earlier this season, when Alonso was just about the worst player in baseball. It’s not that hard to pinpoint either. On May 8, Alonso went 0-for-4 against the Marlins to sink his batting line to a cringe-worthy .157/.183/.217. That’s terrible for the best fielding shortstop you’ve ever seen, and Alonso is certainly not that. However, what he’s done since will probably surprise you, since he’s been left for dead in just about all fantasy leagues (including Mike and my LABR team) for the last three-plus months. In the 48 games he’s played in since that fateful day that his OPS touched .400 (he was sidelined for over a month with a wrist injury, Alonso has been exactly the player the fantasy owners who drafted him in the pre-season had hoped—hitting .303/.353/.533 with seven homers, 20 extra-base hits and four steals in 152 at-bats. Project that out over the course of a full season, and you get a little tingly inside when you hit the “add” button in your deeper mixed league.” —Bret Sayre


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August 12, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: 17th Edition

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Bret Sayre

With four graduates and seven departees, this week's top 20 has a host of newcomers.

The Graduates: Javier Baez (1), Wilmer Flores (10), Trevor May (12), Tommy Milone (15)
Considering it was a regular week, it was a pretty popular one to ascend from the Stash List. We all know how Baez has spent his first week in the majors, and it’s been almost exactly as we would have thought—three homers, 12 strikeouts, and no walks sounds pretty indicative of what to expect the rest of the way. If you need power, make sure he’s not available on the waiver wire.

Flores may only have a .557 OPS, but he’s certainly the best offensive option the Mets have at shortstop in the medium-term, and will now give him every chance to prove he’s as terrible at the position as his scouting report says.


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August 12, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 19

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Intro time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t. Stay. Here.

Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres
Liriano has long been a pet prospect of mine, and I was happy to allow confirmation bias to set in when I learned that Craig Goldstein loved Liriano, too. The talented outfielder destroyed High-A as a 21-year-old in 2012, and was productive in limited playing time in Double-A, too. Tommy John then deprived him of his 2013 campaign, but he hit .264/.335/.377 in 415 Double-A PA this season, hitting 14 homers and swiping 17 bags along the way. After a 16-game cameo in Triple-A, Liriano now finds himself in the majors, and he should see substantial playing time immediately.


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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Josh Harrison

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J.P. Breen

The Pirates utility man has outperformed expectations to date, but is there reason to believe he can stay hot?

As experienced fantasy owners, we’re all accustomed to surprise performers early in the season. We all react to differently. Some owners pepper the waiver wire with claims, hoping to ride the wave of success, while other owners wait for the wheat to separate from the chaff, if you will, before jumping on individual bandwagons.

Personally, I try to pick-and-choose my spots. I don’t prefer the claim-and-drop strategy that many owners employ, in which they claim hot-starters and quickly release them once their performance expectedly drops. I claim guys I plan to retain for a good portion of the season, investing in breakout performances I believe in. It perhaps takes a bit longer to make those decisions—and thus I can miss my chance to acquire those players—but it’s a bit more sustainable in the long term.

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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 20

2

Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Detroit Tigers
The Detroit bullpen disease continues to find new victims as Joakim Soria (who was acquired for Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson) might be out until September with a strained oblique. It’s been a nightmare season for Detroit relievers, which is nothing new for the club. For all the good GM Dave Dombrowski has done, and he’s done a lot, the bullpen remains his Achilles heel. Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan are going to battle it out for saves down the stretch. Nathan refuses to die and Chamberlain has been bad in his brief tryouts for the job. Al Alburquerque is behind them and is a decent speculative play.

Chicago White Sox
Matt Lindstrom is coming back on Tuesday to hopefully stabilize what has been an absolute train wreck of a unit. The White Sox have run a parade of arms to handle the ninth inning with bad results. Lindstrom wasn’t missing bats when he was healthy this year, and his command was erratic. His past profile paints the picture of a ground-ball pitcher who strikes out 17-20 percent of batters faced. If he gets back to that, he might get a look at closing should Jake Petricka falter. It’s a long shot since Petricka has been very effective this season. Still, it’s worth it to claim him and hope Petricka goes the way of every other White Sox closer this season.



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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Other Competitive Balance Mechanisms

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Mike Gianella

Looking at the pros and cons of various methods to curb or prevent "dump" trades.

Last week, I talked about salary caps in auction-style leagues and how they can still allow non-contending teams to rebuild without destroying the integrity of your league. As many of my readers have pointed out, there are several other methods you can use to either curb dump trades or prevent them entirely if you so desire. Over the years, I have used some of these methods in my carryover leagues. Others I have not used but have heard about through either reader feedback or from other fantasy baseball analysts who also play in keeper leagues. The list below is not intended to be comprehensive but offers a guide to different ways you can navigate this issue in your league or leagues.

Salary Floor
A salary cap addresses how much salary a contender may put on his or her roster, but does little if anything to discourage a team at the bottom of the pack from simply vacating its roster and shipping everyone away to another squad. An alternative suggested by many of my readers is a salary floor. Putting a minimum required salary on a team still allows teams to play for next year but prevents teams from simply jettisoning everyone off of their rosters and potentially disrupting the competitive balance of the league.


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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner! A moderate haul of 39 two-start candidates this week, as the White Sox, Indians, Angels, and Giants will be playing only five games this week, so there are no two-start options coming out of those teams.

On to the nuts and bolts: Outside of the elites, two-start pitchers are often as much or more trouble than they’re worth. Rare is the week in which the stars align to offer your starters not just one but two consecutive tasty matchups. As a result you’ll notice that sometimes the better starters will find themselves in the “consider” category, because they might have one good matchup but a second tough one. And similarly, less-talented hurlers might just meander their way into “start” territory on account of a plum schedule. The pitchers will be split by league, and then by categories:

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