Joey Votto
Canadian baseball player
Joey Votto
Joseph Daniel "Joey" Votto, is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. In 2010, he won the National League MVP Award, the National League Hank Aaron Award, and the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year.
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Google News - 4 months No Silver Slugger for Votto Joey Votto has won a National League MVP award and finished in the top 10 of the voting three other times. He has never won a Silver Slugger award, despite being one of the greatest offensive players of his generation. Breaking that shutout will have ... Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos win Silver Slugger AwardsWashington Post First Dodgers shortstop, 3rd Dodgers rookie to win Silver SluggerTrue Blue LA Murphy, Ramos win first career Silver Slugger OCRegister -WBAL Baltimore -Dodger Blue (blog) all 10 news articles »
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Votto Powers Reds Past Reeling Pirates 8-7
NYTimes - 6 months
Joey Votto is having one special finish to the season. So good even he isn't sure it can continue for much longer.
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Votto's 4 Hits Lead Reds to 9-8 Win Over Brewers
NYTimes - 11 months
Joey Votto homered and had four hits, Brandon Phillips was 3 for 5 with two doubles and a walk-off single and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-8 on Monday night.
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Votto Hits First Homer, Reds Beat Angels 8-5
NYTimes - 12 months
Joey Votto hit one of Cincinnati's three homers off Matt Shoemaker, leading the Reds to an 8-5 win over a Los Angeles Angels split squad on Monday.
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Desclafani Pitches Reds Past Brewers
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Anthony Desclafani pitched eight shutout innings and Zach Cozart and Joey Votto homered as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Monday night.
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DeSclafani, Reds Beat Cubs 3-2
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Anthony DeSclafani threw seven scoreless innings, Joey Votto had two hits and drove in a run, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night.
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Baseball-Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
April 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Reds 5, Cardinals 4 Joey Votto hit a pair of two-run home runs and right-hander Jason Marquis pitched six solid innings in his Cincinnati debut, lifting the Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Great American Ball Park. Right-hander J.J. Hoover (2-0) picked up the victory for Cincinnati, which improved to 4-0. Flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts for his second save. ...
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Votto homers, Reds rally late for 6-5 victory over Giants - almost 2 years
Joey Votto hit his first home run of the spring in the first inning and his Cincinnati Reds teammates went on to rally for five runs in the top of… Click to Continue »
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Reds choose Bryan Price for next manager
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving Price a three-year deal Tuesday that came with expectations that he'll take them deep into the playoffs right away. Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year deal after a final-week fade that included an implosion by the pitching staff. General manager Walt Jocketty said the closing slump was a major factor in the decision to make a change. Price was a left-handed pitcher for six years in the minors, his career scuttled by elbow surgery. [...] Jocketty has several important lineup decisions to make to try to keep the Reds competitive in the NL Central, which sent three teams to the playoffs. The Pirates passed the Reds for second place and home-field advantage for the wild-card playoff during the final week of the se ...
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After disappointing year, fans eager for 2014
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The Giants closed out a disappointing season in front of huge, wildly cheering crowds, savoring the magnificent nothingness of it all. Forget the third-place finish and the bittersweet taste of regression; they're already assembling next year's roster in their minds. Heath Hembree showed the presence, command and lights-out stuff of a quality relief pitcher, quite possibly the last right-hander in a close ballgame before Sergio Romo's grand entrance. Bring back Lopez alongside a healthy Jeremy Affeldt, and there's your answer to Adrian Gonzalez, Pedro Alvarez, Freddie Freeman, Bryce Harper, Joey Votto and the rest of the league's left-handed threats in the late innings. A larger chunk of the plan will be based on faith: that Pablo Sandoval will show up 30 pounds lighter, that Marco Scutaro has a pain-free season, that Brandon Belt's new grip/approach will enable him to handle those nasty right-handed sliders down and in, that shortstop Brandon Crawford realizes it's a brand-new da ...
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Pirates blow late lead, fall into tie with Reds
Fox News - over 3 years
Devin Mesoraco tied the game with a two-run infield single in the ninth inning, and Joey Votto homered in the 10th to boost the Cincinnati Reds to an improbable 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.The opener of the three-game set between the teams holding the NL's two wild card spots was nearly decided in the ninth, but the Pirates' Mark Melancon failed to hold a 5-2 lead
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Slumping Votto homers, Reds beat Dodgers 3-2
Yahoo News - over 3 years
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto emerged from his deep slump when the Reds really needed him.
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Reds Hit Wainwright Hard Again, Beat Cardinals 7-2
NYTimes - over 3 years
Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto homered as Cincinnati roughed up Adam Wainwright for the second start in a row Monday, leading Mat Latos and the Reds to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series between the NL Central rivals.     
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National League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy gave an exasperated sigh as he tilted his head toward the sky in the eighth inning. After he retired 16 straight hitters with only five outs remaining to finish off a masterpiece, Kennedy gave up an infield single and Xavier Paul's home run to the right-field seats, which tied the game at two in an instant. Following Paul's dramatic home run, the Cincinnati Reds outlasted the Padres for a 3-2 win in 13 innings. Joey Votto, who went 0-for-4 to lose his eight- game hitting streak, delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 13th inning to send the Reds to their fourth win in five games. Paul hit his third pinch-hit home run this season and seventh home run overall. Kennedy took a no decision despite giving up the two runs on only three hits with three strikeouts in eight innings. Yonder Alonso had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Padres, who lost for the four ...
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National League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Homer Bailey got the Cincinnati Reds back on track by firing 8 1/3 outstanding innings in a 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Bailey (6-10) yielded just six hits and one unearned run to halt a four-start losing streak and put an end to five straight Cincinnati losses that included setbacks in each of the first two tests of this three- game set. The hard- throwing righty took a shutout bid into the ninth that was spoiled by Chase Headley's one-out RBI double. The Reds mustered a mere five runs during the slide, but collected 11 hits in the finale and scored three times with the aid of a San Diego error in the seventh inning. Brandon Phillips led the charge by going 3-for-5 with a solo home run, while Joey Votto came through with a two-run double in the triumph. Eric Stults (8-10) threw 6 2/3 innings in a solid performance for the Padres, but was charged with all four runs -- only one of which was e ...
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Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Adds two more games, Hudson injury update) July 24 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's games in Major League Baseball. - - - Reds 8, Giants 3 Mike Leake helped his own cause with a career-best three hits and pitched six-plus innings on the mound to lift the Cincinnati Reds past the San Francisco Giants. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Devin Mesoraco had two hits apiece as the Reds completed a demolition of the defending World Series champions by outscoring them 31-11 over four games in three days. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joey Votto
  • 2016
    Age 32
    After an abysmal start to the 2016 season, hitting a season-low .213 on May 31, Votto became the first player in MLB since Ichiro Suzuki in 2004 to hit .400 after the All-Star Break.
    More Details Hide Details Votto hit .408/.490/.668 in the second half. Votto's .326 season average was the second-best of his career, behind only his 2012 season, where he hit .337. Votto hit 29 home runs, second only to his 2010 MVP season. Votto finished the season with a .326/.435/.550 line with 108 walks, 29 home runs, and 97 RBI, playing 158 games for the second straight season. Votto is known for being a clutch hitter. Through June 9, 2014, he had a career .312 batting average, 163 home runs, and 542 runs batted in. He has been known to show great patience at the plate. He led the NL in base on balls with 110 in 2011 and did it again in 2012, with 94, despite missing 51 games. His career on-base percentage is .420. He led the NL in that category every year from 2010 through 2013.
  • 2015
    Age 31
    In 158 games of 2015, Votto had an MLB-leading 143 walks, a .314 batting average, 29 home runs, and 80 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details Following the season, Votto was awarded his fifth Tip O'Neill Award. He also finished third in the National League MVP voting behind Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt.
    On May 6, 2015, Votto was ejected following a strikeout where he threw his helmet down in frustration.
    More Details Hide Details Speculation claimed that prior to his ejection, he had choice words with Gerrit Cole during his at-bat. After getting ejected, Votto appeared to have bumped Chris Conroy. It was only his 5th career ejection and his first one since 2010. He later received a one-game suspension for this act which he served when the Reds played the Chicago White Sox. On June 9, Votto hit three home runs in a single game for the third time in his career in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, a feat last accomplished by a Red by Johnny Bench. On August 2, Votto was ejected following a bench-clearing brawl between the Reds and the Pirates. On September 10, Votto was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. It was the third time of the season that Votto was ejected, coincidentally all three times have been against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On September 11, MLB suspended Votto 2 games with an option to appeal. On October 2, Votto tied a Reds record set by Pete Rose in 1978 when he got on base for his 48th straight game.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    On May 21, 2014, Votto was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.
    More Details Hide Details He returned on June 10 but went back on the DL with the same injury on July 8 and didn't make it back before the end of the season. In 62 games played, he hit a career-low .255 with a .390 on-base percentage, .409 slugging percentage, 6 home runs, 47 walks, and 23 runs batted in.
  • 2013
    Age 29
    In July, he was again voted as an All-Star starter for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details It was his fourth All-Star appearance, and in the game he went 0-for-2, making him a career 0-for-9 in All-Star Games.
    Votto played for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
    More Details Hide Details Votto homered on consecutive days from April 20–21 against the Marlins, making it the first time since September 10–11 of 2011 he homered in consecutive games.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    On July 1, Votto was selected by the fans as a National League team starter in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of his selection, he was hitting .350 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI. On July 16, the Reds announced that Votto would need arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and was expected to miss three to four weeks. He originally hurt the knee June 29 sliding into third base. He left the next day before the bottom of the fifth inning and missed the next two games due to inflammation in the knee. At the time surgery was announced, he was leading the NL in walks, doubles, OBP and extra-base hits. He was second in RISP average and third in slugging percentage. On September 5, Votto returned to the Reds' lineup in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first at-bat since July 15, he lined a single off pitcher Roy Halladay in the first inning. He would finish the game by 2-for-3 with a base on balls. After his return from the disabled list, he struggled with his power numbers. In 25 games, he hit eight doubles but no home runs and drove in seven runs. He still got on base at a high clip at .505, walking 28 times. In that span, he also batted over .316.
    On April 2, 2012, Votto signed a 10-year, $225 million contract extension with the Reds, running through the 2024 season.
    More Details Hide Details The deal includes the two years that remained on his previous contract and pushes the total worth of the contract to 12 years and $251.5 million, the longest active deal in baseball. The deal (including the one-year team option), is the fifth-largest deal in MLB history, behind only Giancarlo Stanton's contract with the Miami Marlins (13 years, $325 million), Alex Rodriguez's contracts with New York (10 years, $275 million) and Texas (10 years, $252 million) and Albert Pujols' deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (10 years, $240 million). It is the longest guaranteed contract in MLB history. The contract made Votto the highest paid athlete from Canada. On May 13, Votto went 4 -for-5 with three home runs and six RBI, including a walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals in a 9–6 win. It was the first time in major league history that a player hit three home runs including a walk-off grand slam in a single game.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    On July 3, Votto was voted in by the players for the 2011 All-Star Game as a reserve.
    More Details Hide Details He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. On August 28, Votto hit a walk-off home run against the Nationals in the 14th inning. On September 24, he drove in two runs against the Pirates for his 100th and 101st RBI of the season, becoming the first Reds player to drive in 100 runs in back-to-back seasons since Dave Parker in 1985–1986. Votto finished the season with a .309 batting average, 29 home runs, and 103 RBIs. He also led the NL in doubles (40), bases on balls (110) and on-base percentage (.416). On November 1, Votto won his first Gold Glove Award. He finished sixth in the NL MVP voting.
    Votto homered in the Reds' first game of the 2011 season, a solo homer off Kameron Loe of the Brewers.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded his first four-hit game of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks and raised his average to .455. By the end of April, he had a .370 batting average, four home runs, and 14 runs batted in. He posted a .500 on-base percentage. He began the season by reaching base in 27 consecutive games dating back to the previous season. The club record was set by Dave Collins with 34 in 1981. On June 25, Votto hit his 100th career home run against Brian Matusz of the Orioles. He later added another home run in the game. That was also his first multi-homer game of the season. He also drove in five runs, his most in a game during the season.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    Votto was announced as the 2010 NL MVP, coming within one vote of winning unanimously as Albert Pujols received the other first-place vote.
    More Details Hide Details He was only the third Canadian to win the MVP award, after Larry Walker and Justin Morneau. He became the first Reds player to win the National League MVP since Barry Larkin won it in 1995. "Not to be dramatic or anything, but after I was told, I couldn't help but cry because I know how much at some point this meant to me and would have meant to my (late) father", Votto remarked after being named MVP. He added, "I did some pretty good things, and most importantly, we won. We went to the playoffs – it's been a long time since we'd been to the playoffs – and I think those all together were the reason I won." On January 16, it was announced that the Reds and Votto agreed to a three-year, $38 million deal.
    Votto won the 2010 Hank Aaron Award in the National League.
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    Votto made the cover of Sports Illustrated on the August 30, 2010 edition.
    More Details Hide Details On September 11, Votto hit his first career walk-off home run off Pirates relief pitcher Justin Thomas. For the season, Votto hit .324 with 113 RBIs, 106 runs scored and 37 homers, including a grand slam off Tommy Hanson of the Atlanta Braves on May 20. He finished the season leading the Major Leagues in On-Base Percentage (.424) and led the National League in Slugging Percentage (.600) and On-Base Plus Slugging (1.024). The Reds made the postseason but lost to the Phillies in the National League Divisional Series in a three-game sweep. Votto struggled in the series, batting .091 with one run batted in.
    Votto was not initially voted to the 2010 All-Star game in Anaheim, California, but made the roster via online fan voting through the National League's Final Vote.
    More Details Hide Details He was named on 13.7 million of the 26 million ballots submitted. Votto went 0-for-2 in the game. On August 25, Votto went 4-for-7 with two home runs and four RBI. He also drove in the tie-breaking run with a single off Giants pitcher Barry Zito.
    Votto started the 2010 season by going 3-for-5 with a home run and a run batted in.
    More Details Hide Details By the end of April, he had four home runs and 12 runs batted in. His average was .275 but his on-base percentage was .400 due to 18 bases on balls. Votto played better in the month of May. He batted .344 with six home runs and 21 runs batted in. However, he missed the last six games that month due to a sore neck. He would be back on June 1 in a game against the Cardinals. He went 4-for-5 with a home run and a run batted in. The Reds won the game to regain the NL Central lead.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    Despite missing 31 games overall, Votto finished the 2009 season among the National League leaders in batting average (.322), on-base percentage (.414) and slugging percentage (.567) and he hit 25 home runs.
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    Votto was named the National League Player of the Week for September 21–27, 2009 after hitting 10 doubles in a five-game span, a feat not accomplished in 77 years since Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1932.
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    Prior to his return game during the 2009 season, he indicated he had been suffering from depression and anxiety issues as a result of the sudden death of his father in August 2008 and had sought treatment.
    More Details Hide Details He had previously missed time because of dizziness related to an inner ear infection. Votto made his return against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 23. In his third game back, he went 4-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in. After going hitless in his fourth game back, he had a 14-game hitting streak. During that stretch, he batted .389 with three home runs and 14 runs batted in. His hitting streak ended against the Mets on July 12 when he went 0-for-2.
    Votto began the 2009 season strong as the outright starter at first base.
    More Details Hide Details In the second game of the season, he went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a loss to the New York Mets. In the next game against the Mets, he had another homer and four RBI. He had a six-game hitting streak from April 12–18. On April 23, he went 4-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in against the Cubs. He ended out with a .346 batting average, 3 home runs, and 20 runs batted in in the month of April. Votto opened May with a five-game hitting streak. In a May matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals, he had two homers and four RBI. He finished the month with five home runs and a .378 batting average. However, he was placed on the DL to open June after missing time in May due to personal issues.
    Votto played for Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
    More Details Hide Details In Canada's first game against the United States, he had four hits in five at-bats, one of which was a home run.
  • 2008
    Age 24
    Votto drove in 84 runs during the 2008 season.
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    Beginning with the 2008 season, Votto shared time platooning at first base with Scott Hatteberg until Manager Dusty Baker began playing Votto as the Reds' starting first baseman in early April.
    More Details Hide Details On April 15, he hit his first home run of the season off of Michael Wuertz. He drove in a career-high five runs against the Cubs two games later. On May 7, Votto hit three home runs in a game against the Chicago Cubs. "I'm like a kid", said Votto, a second-year player who had never hit more than one in a game. "I thought it was cool. It's not a big part of my game." Votto hit his first career pinch-hit home run against Cleveland's Cliff Lee, who would go on to win the AL Cy Young Award. On August 31, Votto had his first career four-hit game against the San Francisco Giants. He knocked in 4 runs in a 9–3 Reds victory. On September 18, Votto and teammate Jay Bruce each homered twice. They became the fifth rookie teammates in the divisional-era to hit 20 home runs in the same season.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    He ended the season going 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs in the Cincinnati Reds' final game of the 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details He would finish the season batting .321 with 4 home runs and 17 runs batted in.
    He made his Major League debut on September 4, 2007, striking out against Guillermo Mota of the New York Mets.
    More Details Hide Details In his second major league at-bat, he hit his first career home run. He went 3-for-5 and scored two runs as the Reds won the game, 7–0. On September 8, he went 1-for-3 with a home run and three runs batted in. His three RBIs were the only Reds' runs as they lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 4–3. In his next game, he went 2-for-4. On September 14, he stole his first career base against the Brewers.
    He was called up on September 1, 2007.
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    Votto started off the 2007 season playing in Triple-A for the Louisville Bats.
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    He made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Votto is a four-time MLB All-Star and a five-time Tip O'Neill Award winner. In 2010, he won the National League (NL) MVP Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award, and the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year.
  • 2006
    Age 22
    He was selected to play in the 2006 Futures Game on the World Team.
    More Details Hide Details He was named to both the Mid-Season and Post-Season Southern League All-Star teams, and was voted a minor league all-star by Baseball America. He culminated his season by winning the Southern League Most Valuable Player Award. During his five seasons in the minors, Votto carried Ted Williams' The Science of Hitting with him.
    Votto rebounded in 2006 with the best season of his minor league career.
    More Details Hide Details Playing with Class AA Chattanooga, he improved his batting average to .319 and hit 46 doubles and 22 home runs. He led the Southern League in batting average and total bases and was third in home runs and RBI.
  • 2005
    Age 21
    Votto's consistency declined during 2005 campaign with Sarasota.
    More Details Hide Details While he still hit 19 home runs, he struck out 122 times and his batting average dropped nearly 50 points to .256.
  • 2002
    Age 18
    Votto was drafted out of high school in the second round of the 2002 MLB amateur draft by the Reds (44th overall), After his first two professional seasons with the Reds' rookie-level affiliates, he burst onto the scene in 2004 with the Class A Dayton Dragons, hitting 26 doubles and 14 home runs with a batting average of .302.
    More Details Hide Details He was promoted to the Class A-Advanced Potomac and hit five more home runs in 20 games to end the season with 19. During his time in the minor leagues, Votto made appearances in the outfield and as a catcher, aside from first base.
  • 1997
    Age 13
    Votto enrolled in high school at Richview Collegiate Institute in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details In high school, he also played basketball — playing point guard and once scoring 37 points in a game — and hockey. He played for the Etobicoke Rangers baseball program. Votto signed a National Letter of Intent to play college baseball for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers after high school.
  • 1983
    Votto was born on September 10, 1983 to Wendy (Howell) and Joseph Votto in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in Etobicoke, a district in the west end of Toronto.
    More Details Hide Details His mother is a sommelier and restaurant manager. His father was a chef and a baseball fan who died at age 52 in 2008. He is of Italian descent. As a child, he adorned his wall with a Ted Williams poster.
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