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September 22, 2008

Tenth Straight Win Is Tigers 100th Win

by @ 4:57 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Al Kaline, Jim Northrup, Jim Price, Mickey Lolich, Pat Dobson

September 20, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 6, Senators 3  (100-54)

The Tigers won their tenth straight and in the process, they reached the 100 win mark for just the fourth time in franchise history.  They were hoping they wouldn’t repeat history though because the other three times they won 100, they couldn’t get that World Series ring.  Still, Mickey Lolich threw a very nice game and he improved to 16-9.  He gave up three runs on three hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in seven innings.  Pat Dobson threw two shutout innings to close the game out and he picked up his seventh save of the season.

All six Tigers run came via the long ball.  Jim Northrup belted a pair of two run homers while Al Kaline and Jim Price also went yard with solo homers in the win.

September 15, 2008

Tigers Cut Magic Number to Two After Six Straight Win

by @ 4:35 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Bill Freehan, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton

September 15, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 13, Athletics 0  (96-54)

The Tigers continued to roll in a number of ways.  They not only ran up the score on the A’s, but Mickey Lolich threw a shutout and the Tigers cut their magic number down to just two.  Lolich continued to build on his strong second half and he gave up just three hits and two walks with twelve strikeouts in the shutout.

Three different Tigers belted a combined five homers in this one.   Jim Northrup and Bill Freehan both belted a pair.  Freehan finished with four RBIs while Northrup drove in three.  Willie Horton also went yard with his 36th of the season.  He went two for four and his homerun was a solo shot.

September 14, 2008

Denny McLain Wins 30th Game

by @ 4:30 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Willie Horton

September 14, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Athletics 4  (95-54)

Denny McLain needed some ninth inning heroics but the end result was his historic 30th win of the season.  With the A’s up 4-3, the Tigers picked up two runs in the ninth to win it.  Al Kaline came home on a fielder’s choice by Jim Northrup and then Willie Horton singled home Mickey Stanley for the game winner.  McLain improved to 30-5 and he gave up four runs on six hits and one walk with ten strikeouts.

Norm Cash was the hitting star.  He went two for four with a homerun and three RBIs.  The homer was his 21st of the season.

September 13, 2008

Tigers Cut Magic Number to Five Behind Earl Wilson's Shutout

by @ 4:26 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

September 13, 1968 at Tiger Stadium

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Tigers 3, Athletics 0  (94-54)

You don’t see too many ten hit shutouts but that’s just what Earl Wilson hurled in the Tigers fourth straight win.  He gave up the ten hits along with one walk and he struck out nine en route to his 13th win of the season.

Wilson once again helped out his own cause with a solo homer, his seventh of the season.  Dick McAuliffe hit his sixteenth and Jim Northrup went two for three with a run.

September 10, 2008

Denny McLain Wins 29th Game

by @ 3:29 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup

September 10, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Tigers 7, Angels 2  (92-54)

Denny McLain improved to 29-5 and he was now one away from the magical 30 win mark.  He gave up two runs on nine hits and a walk with twelve strikeouts in another complete game.

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Jim Northrup doubled twice, scored a run and drove in one.  McLain helped out his own cause with a team high three hits and he tripled, drove in two and scored a run.

September 4, 2008

John Hiller Has Strong Start In Tigers Third Straight Win

by @ 4:10 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Jim Northrup, John Hiller, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson

September 4, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Tigers 4, Athletics 2  (89-52)

The Tigers march towards the American League pennant continued behind a solid start by John Hiller.  He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.  Pat Dobson picked up his sixth save of the season with two innings of shutout relief.

Jim Northrup had a big game and he went three for four with a run and an RBI.  Mickey Stanley went one for three with two runs.

September 3, 2008

Tigers Score Four Runs In Ninth to Squeak By Athletics

by @ 3:36 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup, Pat Dobson

September 3, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum

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Tigers 6, Athletics 3  (88-52)

It looked like the Tigers were going to let this game get away.  Up 2-0 in the eighth inning, Earl Wilson was finally touched up for three runs and the Tigers entered the ninth down by a run.  Fortunately, they stormed back and scored four in the ninth to escape with a win.  The big hit of the inning was a two run single by Jim Northrup that gave the lead back to Detroit.  Earl Wilson helped out his own cause earlier in the game with a solo shot, his sixth homer of the season. 

Wilson threw a solid game he just had the one bad inning.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.  Pat Dobson threw a shutout ninth and he improved to 5-5 on the season.

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September 2, 2008

Tiger Split Doubleheader With Athletics

by @ 5:36 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Bill Freehan, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Pat Dobson, Roy Face

September 2, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Athletics 4, Tigers 0  (86-52)

The Tigers were held to four hits in a shutout loss as the Tigers kicked off their series with the A’s with a pair of games.  Bill Freehan had two of the Tigers hits while Willie Horton was the tough luck hitter at the plate.  He struck out in all four of his at bats.

Mickey Lolich fell to 13-9 with a rough start.  He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

September 2, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Tigers 4, Athletics 3  (87-52)

Bill Freehan belted a tenth inning homerun that proved to be the game winner as the Tigers salvaged a split in their doubleheader with the A’s.  For Freehan, it was his 21st of the season and Jim Northrup pitched in with two singles, a double and an RBI.

Pat Dobson picked up the win after he threw two innings of shutout relief to close out the game.  He improved to 4-5 on the season.  Longtime reliever Roy Face made his Tiger debut in this game.  He gave up a walk, a hit and he struck out one in 2/3 of an inning.

September 1, 2008

Denny McLain Wins 27th, Tigers Kick Off September With Win

by @ 5:23 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley

September 1, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 7, Orioles 3  (86-51)

The Tigers entered the final month of their historic and took care of business behind another solid start by Denny McLain.  He improved to 27-5 and he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.  McLain not only had to contend with a 43 minute rain delay that put off the start of the game, but he also had to deal with a 51 minute delay after the Tigers hit in the bottom of the first inning.

Jim Northrup had a big game and he went three for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.  Mickey Stanley also had three hits to go along with run and RBI while Dick McAuliffe went one for three with two walks and three runs.

August 30, 2008

Earl Wilson Pitches, Hits Tigers to Win Over Orioles

by @ 3:58 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

August 30, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 9, Orioles 1  (85-50)

The Tigers blew out the Orioles for their third straight win as the two teams kicked off a weekend series.  The Tigers scored three in the second and five in the third to put this game away pretty early.  Earl Wilson not only pitched a good game, but he belted his fifth homerun of the season and he finished with four RBIs.  Jim Northrup went three for five with a double, a run and an RBI.

Wilson improved to 12-11 with a four hitter.  He gave up one run and he walked one and struck out nine in the complete game.

August 28, 2008

Denny McLain Wins 26th With Six Hitter Over Angels

by @ 3:56 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Willie Horton

August 28, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 6, Angels 1  (83-50)

Denny McLain followed up his two consecutive losses with his 26th win as the Tigers took care of the Angels in their series opener.  McLain gave up one run on six hits and two walks with eleven strikeouts in yet another complete game.

Jim Northrup had a big day at the plate. He went three for four with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.  Bill Freehan hit his 20th homer of the season and Willie Horton went three for four with two runs.

August 25, 2008

Tigers Swept By Yankees In Doubleheader

by @ 3:52 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Al Kaline, Daryl Patterson, Dick Tracewski, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

August 25, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Tigers 5  (81-48)

The Tigers blew a four run lead as they dropped their third straight to the Yankees in another doubleheader.  Pat Dobson gave up the first five runs in 5 2/3 innings but it was Daryl Patterson who gave up the final run, and for that he took the loss.  He fell to 2-3 and the inning in question was the sixth in which the Yankees scored five runs.

Al Kaline had a big day at the plate and he went three for five with a double, a run and an RBI.  Dick Tracewski singled twice and he also scored two runs.

August 25, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 4  (81-49)

The Yankees finished up a sweep over the Tigers in a series that saw all four games decided by one run.  Mickey Lolich gave up the bulk of the damage and he fell to 12-8. He gave up five runs on three hits and seven walks with three strikeouts in just three innings.

Jim Northrup tripled and drove in a pair of runs.  Tom Matchick went two for four and he scored twice while Mickey Stanley went two for four with a run and an RBI.

August 1, 2008

Pat Dobson Has Rough Start In Tigers Loss

by @ 6:24 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Jim Northrup, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson

August 1, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Senators 9, Tigers 3  (65-40)

Pat Dobson was hit hard by the Senators as the Tigers kicked off the month of August with a loss.  He fell to 3-3 and he gave up six runs on five hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings.

Jim Northrup went three for four with a double, a triple, a run and an RBI.  Norm Cash drove in a run with his fifteenth homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning.

July 30, 2008

Earl Wilson Wins Ninth With Eight Shutout Innings

by @ 6:09 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Daryl Patterson, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

July 30, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Yankees 0  (64-39)

The Tigers bounced back and ended their two game mini skid behind a very solid outing by Earl Wilson.  The Duke improved to 9-8 and he gave up just three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in eight shutout innings.  Daryl Patterson struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Earl Wilson helped out his own cause with a solo homer, his third long ball of the season.  Dick McAuliffe went one for three with two walks, a solo homerun and two runs while Jim Northrup went three for five with a double.

July 29, 2008

Norm Cash Homers In Tigers Second Straight Loss

by @ 6:08 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Jim Northrup, Joe Sparma, Norm Cash

July 29, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 7, Tigers 2  (63-39)

The Tigers suffered their second straight defeat as Joe Sparma was roughed up by the Yankees offense.  Sparma gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in just five innings of work.

Norm Cash hit his fourteenth homer of the season, a solo homer in the seventh inning.  Jim Northrup tripled and he drove in the other Tigers run.

July 25, 2008

Jim Northrup Belts Two Homers In Win Over Senators

by @ 6:29 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Jim Northrup, Joe Sparma

July 25, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 4, Senators 1  (61-37)

Joe Sparma had a career day on the mound as he held the Senators to just a single hit.  He did give up an unearned and he walked six with five strikeouts and the win pushed his record to 8-9.

Jim Northrup provided the bulk of the Tigers offense with a pair of homers.  The two blasts brought his season total up to 15 and he drove in three of the Tigers four runs.

July 23, 2008

Denny McLain Wins Nineteenth, Gates Brown Drive Home Winning Run In Opener With Senators

by @ 6:25 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Gates Brown, Jim Northrup, Jim Price, Jon Warden

July 23, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 6, Senators 4  (60-36)

The Tigers took game one of their series with the Senators with another dramatic comeback.  Down 4-3 in the eighth inning, Jim Price singled home Al Kaline to tie the game up and then Gates Brown singled home Bill Freehan for the game winner.  Jim Northrup doubled home Al Kaline in the ninth for some insurance that the Tigers didn’t need.  Speaking of Kaline, he was a perfect two for two with three walks, two runs and two RBIs.

Denny McLain improved to 19-3 despite a mediocre start.  He gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.  Jon Warden threw the final 1 2/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the season.

July 19, 2008

Tom Matchick Powers Tigers to Win Over Orioles

by @ 6:22 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

July 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Orioles 4  (59-33)

The Tigers put on a show for their home town fans with a dramatic comeback win in the ninth inning.  Down by two runs, Jim Northrup kicked off the ninth with a single and he moved to second on a walk by Al Kaline.  Kaline was then forced out at second base on a fielders choice by Norm Cash to put runners at the corners before Bill Freehan forced Cash out at second to score Northrup.  Then with two outs, Tom Matchick belted a huge two run walk off homer to complete the comeback.

Mickey Lolich was roughed up and he gave up four runs in five innings in his start.  Pat Dobson threw a shutout ninth inning and he improved to 3-1 on the season.

July 18, 2008

Earl Wilson Holds Athletics to Six Hits In Tigers Win

by @ 6:21 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Dick McAuliffe, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

July 18, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Tigers 3, Athletics 1  (58-33)

Earl Wilson bounced back from a rough start and he helped the Tigers salvage a split with the A’s in their two game series.  Wilson improved to 7-7 and he gave up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts in the complete game.

Dick McAuliffe went two for four with a double and a run.  Jim Northrup singled, drove in a run and scored.

July 6, 2008

Earl Wilson Has Rough Start, Tigers Five Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup

July 6, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Athletics 4, Tigers 1  (53-28)

The Tigers five game winning streak came to an end in a game that saw Tigers hitters pick up just six hits.  Jim Northrup went two for three with a double and he scored the lone Tiger run.

Earl Wilson was roughed up and he fell to 6-6 on the season.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.  Wilson had rough game too because he was hit by comebackers not once but twice.  Both came in the fifth and the first time he got nailed on his shoulder and the second time, he was hit on the hand.

July 4, 2008

Jim Northrup, Norm Cash Both Hit Two Homers As Tigers Outlast Angels

by @ 3:56 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Bill Freehan, Dennis Ribant, Jim Northrup, John Hiller, Norm Cash, Willie Horton

July 4, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 13, Angels 10  (52-27)

The Tigers held on to win a wild one as they finished up a four game sweep over the Angels for their fourth straight win.  Jim Northrup and Norm Cash both hit a pair of homeruns and Northrup had a team high five RBIs.  Bill Freehan and Willie Horton both also went yard in the win.

Pitching was not the name of the game in this one.  Dennis Ribant picked up the win and he improved to 2-1 but he was more in the right place at the right time because he pitched just 2/3 of an inning.  John Hiller pitched a perfect ninth inning and he picked up his second save of the season.

June 29, 2008

Jim Northrup Slams Tigers to Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:33 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Norm Cash

June 29, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White Sox 2 (48-26)

The Tigers won their fifth straight game and once again, it was Denny McLain who pitched the Tigers to victory.  He improved to 14-2 and he gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in another complete game.

Jim Northrup hit another grand slam and those four RBIs turned out to be the difference in the game.  Norm Cash drove in the other run with a solo shot in the second inning and Denny McLain helped out his own cause with two hits and a run.

June 25, 2008

Willie Horton Hits Tigers to Third Straight Win

by @ 3:30 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dennis Ribant, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Pat Dobson, Willie Horton

June 25, 1968 at Yankees Stadium
Tigers 8, Yankees 5 (46-26)

The Tigers piled on twelve hits and eight walks to win their third straight game.  Willie Horton led the way and he went two for five with a triple, two runs and two RBIs while Jim Northrup tripled, drove in two and drew two walks.

Mickey Lolich was roughed up and he gave up four runs before he even finished the third inning.  Dennis Ribant picked up the win and he improved to 1-1.  He gave up one unearned run on three hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings.  Pat Dobson got the final batter out and he picked up his fourth save of the season.

June 24, 2008

Jim Northrup Belts Two Grand Slams In Tigers Blowout Win Over Indians

by @ 3:28 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Jim Price

June 24, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Tigers 14, Indians 3 (45-26)

Jim Northrup put a huge exclamation point as the Tigers finished up their series with the Indians with a blowout win.  Northrup hit not one, but two grand slams and he finished with eight RBIs.  Jim Price hit his first homer of the season and Bill Freehan went two for five with a double, two runs and two RBIs.

Lost in all of the offense was another nice start by Denny McLain.  He gave up three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and the win pushed his record to 13-2 on the season.

June 21, 2008

Tigers Lose to Indians In Thirteen Innings

by @ 3:13 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson

June 21, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 4, Tigers 3 (43-24)

The Tigers blew a thirteenth inning lead as they dropped their series opener to the Indians.  Jim Northrup had doubled home Mickey Stanley in the top of the thirteenth inning but Pat Dobson gave up a two run homer in the bottom of the inning and he fell to 2-1.  This was after a solid start by Mickey Lolich, who gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in nine innings.

The Tigers picked up seven hits and they were all by different hitters.  Norm Cash drew three walks while Dick McAuliffe doubled, drove in a run and drew a walk.

June 18, 2008

Earl Wilson Pitches Tigers to Win Over Red Sox

by @ 3:10 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Earl Wilson, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson

June 18, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Red Sox 1 (42-22)

Earl Wilson got it done on the mound for the Tigers as they came back home to take on the Red Sox.  He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work and the win pushed his record to 5-4.  Pat Dobson got into trouble and gave up a pair of hits in the ninth but he struck out two and picked up his second save in as many games.

Jim Northrup played a role in both Tigers runs.  He singled, doubled, drove in one and scored.  Mickey Stanley singled twice and scored the other run for the Tigers.

June 16, 2008

Tigers Split Doubleheader With White Sox

by @ 3:08 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Don Wert, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Pat Dobson

June 16, 1968 at Comiskey Park
White Sox 3, Tigers 2  (40-22)

Mickey Lolich fell to 5-4 on the season despite a solid outing as the Tigers lost to the White Sox in the first game of their Sunday doubleheader.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. 

Bill Freehan was the only Tiger with two hits in the contest.  Don Wert doubled, scored a run and drew a walk.

June 16, 1968 at Comiskey Park
Tigers 6, White Sox 1 (41-22)

The Tigers salvaged both a split in their doubleheader with the White Sox as well as their four game series behind another fantastic outing by Denny McLain.  He improved to 11-2 and he gave up one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.  Pat Dobson got the final five outs and he picked up his first save of the season.

Jim Northrup doubled, singled and drove in a pair.  Dick McAuliffe doubled, drove in two and scored a run in the win.

June 6, 2008

Norm Cash Powers Tigers to Win Over Red Sox

by @ 3:44 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Fred Lasher, Jim Northrup, Joe Sparma, Norm Cash

June 6, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 5, Red Sox 3  (33-19)

The Tigers took the rubber game in their five game series with the Red Sox in a game that saw all eight runs come in the first three innings.  The Tigers jumped out to a two run lead in the top of the first, lost the lead in the bottom half of the inning when the Red Sox scored three and then retook the lead for good with three in the third.

All five Tiger runs came via the longball.  Jim Northrup put the Tigers on the board with a two run shot in the first while Norm Cash hit the game winner with a three run blast in the third.

Joe Sparma evened out his record at 5-5.  He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout and he came an out short of a complete game.  Fred Lasher got the final out and he picked up his fifth save of the season.

June 5, 2008

Denny McLain Picks Up Ninth Win In Tigers Comeback

by @ 3:43 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Daryl Patterson, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley

June 5, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 5, Red Sox 4  (32-19)

The Tigers overcame a three run first inning deficit to top the Red Sox 5-4.  Denny McLain had the tough first inning but he buckled down and improved to 9-1.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with a strikeout in six innings.  Daryl Patterson was fantastic and he threw three no-hit innings to close the game out and he picked up save number one.

Mickey Stanly hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning.  Jim Northrup reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk.

June 3, 2008

Tigers Comeback Falls Short In Loss to Red Sox

by @ 3:40 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - June, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, Joe Sparma

June 3, 1968 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 4, Tigers 3    (30-18)

The Tigers almost came back in this one but they fell a run short in their opener against the Red Sox.  Dick McAuliffe had a fantastic game and he went three for four with a homerun and two runs while Jim Northrup went three for five with a pair of RBIs.

Joe Sparma was crusing in this one until he reached the fifth inning.  He gave up all four runs in the frame and he fell to 4-5 on the season.

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