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    DIAMOND HOGS CWS BOUND 2014 (ID# 13922)
    • Chase Utley expected to remain in Philly
      Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has indicated that Chase Utley still has no desire to waive his no-trade clause.

      Advice: "I've had some dialogue with Wolfie [agent Joel Wolfe] but frankly, he doesn't want to go anywhere," Amaro said. "He has no desire to go anywhere... He wants to honor his contract and that's how we have to perceive it." The Phillies are obviously in rebuilding mode, but it appears that Utley would rather stay where he's comfortable than go to a potential playoff contender. The veteran second baseman will make $10 million in 2015 and has $45 million in three vesting options from 2016-18. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:39 am
    • Lindblom signs with KBO's Lotte Giants
      Josh Lindblom signed with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was released by the Pirates and subsequently signed a deal to play in the KBO next season. According to the Yonhap News Agency, Lindblom will get $850,000 and a $50,000 signing bonus in the deal. The 27-year-old made one start in the majors this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:00 pm
       
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    • Giants do not plan to talk to Max Scherzer
      Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:36 pm
       
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    • Return to Orioles looks unlikely for Hundley
      According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Nick Hundley has a two-year offer on the table from another team, making a return to the Orioles unlikely.

      Advice: The O's had been hoping to re-sign the veteran backstop to a one-year deal as an insurance policy behind Matt Wieters. In 218 at-bats between the Padres and Orioles in 2014, Hundley hit .243/.273/.358. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:21 am
       
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    • Phillies showing interest in Asdrubal Cabrera
      Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phillies could have interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

      Advice: The Phillies have a large vacancy to fill at the shortstop after dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and Cabrera is one of the top names available on the free agent market. According to Crasnick though, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would first have to shed some payroll to create the requisite flexibility to add the veteran infielder. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 am
       
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    • Indians sign Scott Downs to minor league deal
      Indians signed LHP Scott Downs to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 25/20 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the White Sox and Royals in 2014. Once considered one of the top left-handed specialists in the game, Downs represents a nice low-risk signing for the Indians. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 am
       
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    • Pirates grant release to Josh Lindblom
      Pirates released RHP Josh Lindblom.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the team last week, just a few days after he was claimed off waivers from the Athletics. He'll reportedly head to the Korean Baseball Organization where he's expected to sign with the Lotte Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:46 am
       
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    • Rangers release right-hander Ben Rowen
      Rangers released RHP Ben Rowen.

      Advice: Rowen was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Rangers and has now been given his outright release. The 26-year-old should attract interest from teams looking for bullpen help and shouldn't be out of work for long. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:44 am
       
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    • Giants acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins
      Giants acquired INF Casey McGehee from the Marlins for RHP Kendry Flores and RHP Luis Castillo.

      Advice: The 32-year-old third baseman may seem like an underwhelming addition to replace Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner for the Giants, but if he can replicate the .287/.355/.357 that he hit in 2014 while playing solid defense, he'll win over Giants fans. Just don't expect much from a fantasy perspective, as his power was non-existent in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:14 am
       
      W, 9-3 vs SD
    • Twins invite Byron Buxton to spring training
      The Twins have invited top outfield prospect Byron Buxton to major league spring training.

      Advice: The Twins announced Friday that they have invited 18 minor leagues to spring training as non-roster invitees, with Buxton and Jose Berrios headlining the crop. The 21-year-old outfielder was limited to only 31 games in 2014 due to a variety of ailments and then fractured a finger during play in the Arizona Fall League. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:03 pm
       
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    • Giants to acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins.

      Advice: No word yet on the potential return package heading to the Fish in the deal, but both Hunter Strickland and Matt Duffy had been mentioned in trade talks.. McGehee is coming off a terrific season in 2014 where he slashed .287/.355/.357 with 76 RBI in 160 games. With what is available on the market, he's perhaps the best fit both offensively and defensively for the Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:10 pm
       
      W, 9-3 vs SD
    • Giants talking McGehee trade with Marlins
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have had trade discussions with the Marlins involving Casey McGehee.

      Advice: McGehee is suddenly expendable following the addition of Martin Prado. Rosenthal says that reliever Hunter Strickland and infielder Matt Duffy are two Giants players involved in the talks. After spending 2013 in Japan, McGehee won National League Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2014, batting .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI over 160 games. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:44 pm
       
      W, 9-3 vs SD
    • Wil Myers playing CF 'is a possibility'
      Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Wil Myers playing center field "is a possibility."

      Advice: Black doesn't want to etch anything in stone, and we can hardly blame him because general manager A.J. Preller might trade all three of his new outfielders over the weekend. However, it sounds like the plan is for Myers to handle center, with Justin Upton manning left field and Matt Kemp in right. Myers has nine games' worth of experience in center field in the majors and 100 games' worth of experience there in the minors. It's going to be a brutal defensive outfield, but the Padres are obviously hoping they can make up for it with their bats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:32 pm
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Bryan Price outrighted to Triple-A
      Indians sent RHP Bryan Price outright to Triple-A Columbus.

      Advice: Price cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. He will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:30 pm
       
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    • Logan Watkins designated for assignment
      Cubs designated INF Logan Watkins for assignment.

      Advice: Watkins, 25, has posted decent numbers in the minors but has hit just .233/.269/.301 over 110 plate appearances in the majors. He's versatile and young, so some team might claim him on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:07 pm
       
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    • Martin Prado/Nate Eovaldi swap is official
      Marlins acquired INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

      Advice: The Yankees are sending $6 million to the Marlins to help offset the salaries. Prado is expected to play third base for the Marlins, which means Casey McGehee is either headed to the bench or the trade block. Prado's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit going from Yankee Stadium to Marlins Park. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:34 am
       
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      Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,LF,RF
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Giants 'remain interested' in Chris Johnson
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Giants "remain interested" in Chris Johnson.

      Advice: They have an opening at the hot corner after losing out on the Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley sweepstakes, but it's debatable as to how much of an upgrade Johnson would be. The 30-year-old batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta and is a career .283/.319/.419 hitter over six seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:35 am
       
      W, 2-1 @Phi
    • Myers arrives in San Diego in 11-player deal
      Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The much-discussed deal is now official in the books. Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, is the big fish here. The young outfielder struggled with a .222/.290/.320 batting line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games last season, but he's under control through 2019 and is a nice long-term get for the Padres. Shortstop prospect Trea Turner will be the player to be named in the deal but can't officially be announced yet because he was just drafted in June. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:22 am
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Yankees president rules out Scherzer pursuit
      Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

      Advice: "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:22 am
       
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    • Blue Jays ink Andrew Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:03 am
       
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    • Rays, Padres, Nats agree on Wil Myers trade
      According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

      Advice: Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:33 pm
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Rays 'down to two scenarios' on Miley trade
      According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:40 pm
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Multiple teams showing interest in Cabrera
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Giants, A's, Mets, Cardinals and Twins are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

      Advice: Cabrera's positional flexibility is attractive to a number of clubs. He's capable of playing second and third base in addition to his natural position at shortstop. Cabrera has experience at short and second, though less at third. Cabrera's numbers weren't spectacular last season, as he hit just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals last season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:15 pm
       
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    • No timetable for Myers trade completion
      The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin writes that there's no timetable for the completion of the Rays' trade of Wil Myers to the Padres.

      Advice: According to Topkin, "talks remain ongoing" and the deal's finalization could come "[Wednesday] or carry on to Thursday." The trade talks could take slightly longer simply because of the large number of pieces involved. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the players coming back to the Rays for Myers would include Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, Burch Smith and "two others." It is also being reported that one or more of these prospects could subsequently be traded to another team. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 am
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Rays working on 'multitude of things'
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that according to his sources, the Rays were working on a "multitude of thing" with "a lot of moving parts."

      Advice: The largest of this multitude would appear to be a trade of outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres, which is reportedly nearing completion. Beyond that, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that he thought it was possible that the Rays would end up trading at least one of the prospects the team received in the deal. Rosenthal didn't specify whether everything the Rays were working on hinged on Myers being dealt, or if they were also looking toward moves independent of the young slugger's movement. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 am
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Rays, Padres closing in on Wil Myers trade
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Rays and Padres were "nearing the finish line" on a trade involving Wil Myers.

      Advice: No word on if there's a third team involved in the possible trade, though Crasnick tweeted that he was hearing that it was a two-team trade with the possibility of the Rays flipping a prospect later. Among the prospects who could possibly be shifting from the Padres to the Rays are the likes of Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and/or R.J. Alverez. Myers struggled in 2014, hitting just .222/.290/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games. Despite his struggles, the 24-year-old Myers is a unique talent who is under contractual control until 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:49 am
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Albers reportedly still weighing options
      Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca writes that LHP Andrew Albers has not yet made a decision on where he plans on signing.

      Advice: This counteracts a report from late Tuesday night by Robert Murray, which indicated that Albers had signed a contract with the Blue Jays. Nicholson-Smith wrote that talks of a signed contract were "premature." Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea, but the club declined his 2015 option. The 29-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 2013 for the Twins. He may well end up signing with the Blue Jays, but it's not set in stone quite yet. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:49 am
       
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    • Blue Jays ink Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
       
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    • Myers to SEA, Walker to SD in 3-team deal?
      Jason Churchill of 1090 The Fan in Seattle reports that there are "strong indications" the Mariners are the third team involved in the Wil Myers trade talks.

      Advice: Churchill says that Myers could be headed to the Mariners and Taijuan Walker to the Padres in the deal, with other prospects going to the Rays. It's not clear whether he's hearing something or is just reading the tea leaves. It does make sense, as there were reports earlier in the day that the Mariners were close to trading for a hitter. Three-team deals often fall apart, but this one definitely looks to have legs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 pm
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Myers to Padres deal 'said to be very close'
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that there is "significant optimism" a potential trade sending Wil Myers to the Padres will get done and is "very close" to being completed.

      Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Tuesday that it's unlikely a deal would be consummated before the end of the day, but it does appear that something could be wrapped up relatively quickly. It's not clear who exactly would be involved in the deal, but players mentioned from San Diego's side include Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported that the two sides were talking. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:14 pm
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Ben Rowen designated for assignment
      Rangers designated RHP Ben Rowen for assignment.

      Advice: Rowen made it up for a cup of coffee in 2014 but spent most of the season at Triple-A, posting a 3.45 ERA and 31/9 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. The submariner holds a 1.72 ERA in his minor league career and could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
       
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      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Padres and Rays discussing Wil Myers trade
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rays and Padres are discussing a "significant trade" that would involve outfielder Wil Myers heading to San Diego.

      Advice: Rosenthal says a "number of players" would be involved in the swap, though it's "not known" if the trade is actually close to happening. Myers batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games this past season for Tampa Bay, but he's only 24 years old and should have a bright future. Myers is under contractual control through 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:45 pm
       
      Player Note
      Wil Myers SD - CF,RF
      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Yankees not expected to be in on Scherzer
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
       
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    • Chase Utley trade looking unlikely right now
      Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the chances of the Phillies trading Chase Utley are "possible, albeit slim."

      Advice: Utley has 10-and-5 no-trade rights and has always maintained a desire to stay in Philadelphia. However, as Gelb points point, Jimmy Rollins never said he wanted to leave, either, until just recently. Gelb has been told by rival executive that the Phillies "are not aiming for an 'Astros-like' teardown," so they could choose to hang on to Utley even in a rebuilding phase. Utley has $45 million in three vesting options over the next three years and would certainly draw plenty of interest if the Phillies make him available and he indicates a willingness to waive his no-trade rights. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 am
    • Josh Lindblom close to deal with Lotte of KBO
      Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency hears Josh Lindblom is close to a deal with Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the Pirates Friday after being claimed off waivers from the Athletics a few days earlier. The right-hander threw 4 2/3 innings with the A's this past season, and he's appeared in major league games each of the past four years. Going overseas so quickly would be a bit of a surprise for the 27-year-old. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:48 pm
       
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    • Cardinals maintain they're not in on Scherzer
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

      Advice: It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:32 pm
       
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    • Josh Lindblom designated for assignment
      Pirates designated RHP Josh Lindblom for assignment.

      Advice: Lindblom had just been claimed off waivers earlier this week. The 27-year-old made one appearance in the majors this past season and posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 60/26 K/BB ratio over 84 innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 2:54 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base
      Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans said Thursday that Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base.

      Advice: San Francisco is interested in the 29-year-old free agent, but the only opening on the infield is at third base. Cabrera hasn't closed the door to moving over to the hot corner, but he has almost no experience there so this might not be a good fit. Cabrera batted .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 12:27 pm
       
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    • Giants considering Asdrubal Cabrera for 3B
      According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants are considering Asdrubal Cabrera for third base.

      Advice: Cabrera has only made one appearance at third base in his eight-year major league career, and it was for 1 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old batted just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. He should come pretty cheap this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 10:57 am
       
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    • Tigers GM says not actively pursuing Scherzer
      Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 10:16 am
       
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      W, 3-0 vs Min
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