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  • Mariners option OF Nori Aoki to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned OF Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: It's a surprising move, but Aoki has proven to be a big disappointment this season by batting just .245/.323/.313 across 67 games. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Mariners want him to work on hitting left-handed pitching in the minors. Today, 3:42 pm
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    7:10 pm vs x StL
  • Angels option RHP Tropeano to Triple-A
    Angels activated RHP Nick Tropeano from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The move comes after Tropeano allowed three runs over five innings and struck out seven Thursday in his first minor league rehab start with High-A Inland Empire. He's back to full health from his recent bout with shoulder tightness, but the Angels apparently don't think he's one of their best five starters at the moment. That's crazy, of course, and Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register hears that Tropeano isn't happy. While the demotion doesn't appear to be justified, it probably won't be long before he returns to the majors if he can prove his health and effectiveness. Today, 3:31 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Miguel Sano (hamstring) playing 3B on rehab
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) will play third base on Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Rochester in his first two rehab games.

    Advice: He'll then serve as a designated hitter on Sunday. That could be all the rehab contests Sano needs, and it's certainly notable that the Twins don't appear to intend to play him in the outfield at all at Rochester. He could handle third base for the Twins if Trevor Plouffe (groin) winds up needing a disabled list stint, and we can't rule out the possibility that the Twins are done with Sano in the outfield. There's been talk of sending Byung-ho Park to the minors, so Sano could wind up in the designated hitter spot. Today, 3:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 3-5 x @NYY
  • Zach Putnam (elbow) could need surgery
    Zach Putnam is mulling surgery to repair ulnar neuritis in his right elbow.

    Advice: Putnam dealt with the elbow issue for a while before finally being put on the disabled list earlier this week. It's unclear whether surgery would knock him out for the season, but his loss would be a big blow to the White Sox' bullpen. Putnam boasts a 2.82 ERA and has struck out over a batter per inning since the beginning of 2014. Today, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Braves ink Jordan Pacheco to minors deal
    Braves signed C/INF Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Pacheco was released by the Reds a couple days ago but didn't need much time to find another gig. He'll provide organizational depth at multiple positions. Today, 1:41 pm
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    Bot 8, 6-8 vs x NYM
  • Nomar Mazara sitting out on Friday
    Nomar Mazara is absent from the Rangers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Rangers are going with a right-handed heavy lineup against David Price. Ryan Rua is in left field. Today, 1:02 pm
  • Cespedes (wrist) returns to action Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes missed just one start with a mild left wrist sprain. He was given a cortisone shot and is now ready to go, playing center field and batting third on Friday. Today, 12:55 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Starling Marte (foot) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte hasn't started since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore foot. He's batting second and playing left field. The Pirates are also resting Josh Harrison, as Sean Rodriguez is handling second base. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Kyle Waldrop optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned OF Kyle Waldrop to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Waldrop has picked up five hits over 16 at-bats in his brief time in the majors this season. He'll return to a .247/.291/.383 line at Louisville. Today, 11:58 am
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    Bot 8, 4-13 vs x SD
  • Frankie Montas out 4-8 weeks with broken rib
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Frankie Montas will be sidelined for 4-8 weeks with a broken rib.

    Advice: Montas had surgery to remove the first rib from his right rib cage back in February. Rosenthal says that this issue is related, as the rib that's broken showed signs of stress but was not cracked at the time. Montas was still in the process of getting stretched out in the minors and realistically probably can't be counted on for much, if anything, in the majors this season after his latest setback. Today, 11:46 am
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  • Vincent Velasquez (biceps) expected back Mon.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) is expected to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on Monday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Velasquez tossed five frames of one-run ball in a rehab start Wednesday and that's all he's going to need before being re-inserted into the rotation. He's expected to replace Adam Morgan among the Phillies' starting five. Velasquez has missed just over two weeks with a right biceps strain. Today, 8:04 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Byung-ho Park could be optioned to Triple-A
    La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Byung-ho Park could be optioned to Triple-A Rochester when Miguel Sano (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Sano is set to begin a rehab assignment on Friday before likely being activated next week. Park is 2-for-28 over his last eight games to drop his season line to .200/.283/.429, and he's been benched fairly often this month. What could save Park is if Trevor Plouffe (groin) needs a DL stint, although the initial indication is that it's more of a day-to-day injury. "I haven’t changed my opinion on the fact that I think his signing is going to, over time, prove to be a valid one," Molitor said of Park. "I think how he was able to start originally maybe raised a lot of people’s expectations on how fast his transition was going to be. It’s just been more where we’re kind of back to how we thought it might be." Today, 5:44 am
  • Graveman limits Angels to two runs in win
    Kendall Graveman continued his recent turnaround with a nice effort in Thursday's win over the Angels, allowing two runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Graveman struck out just one, but other than a little two-run fourth inning, kept the scoreboard clean and clear of runs over his 6 2/3 innings of work. The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last three starts. Overall, he holds a 4.68 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 52/26 K/BB ratio across 75 innings. His numbers are trending in the right direction, but there is still work to do here. A road date with the Giants appears next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Eddie Butler obliterated by Diamondbacks
    Eddie Butler was annihilated in Thursday's no-decision against the Diamondbacks, surrendering six runs on 11 hits over five innings.

    Advice: By all rights, Butler should have taken the loss, but the Rockies rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning and saved him from the outright defeat. Four of the six runs on his line came home in the third inning, when Socrates Brito and Jake Lamb both socked two-run homers off the 25-year-old right-hander. Butler has now allowed at least six runs in two of his last three starts, dragging his ERA from 4.13 to 6.71 in that short space. He will try for better results in a home start against the Blue Jays next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Greinke can't manage six innings vs Rockies
    Zack Greinke was serviceable in Thursday's no-decision against the Rockies, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Greinke struck out four and walked two in what was a relatively uneventful outing. He surrendered an RBI double to Nolan Arenado and an RBI single to Trevor Story in the first inning, then coughed up a solo homer to Mark Reynolds in the second before settling down to toss goose eggs over his next 3 2/3 innings. Up next on the docket, Greinke will carry a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 89/21 K/BB ratio (107 1/3 frames) into a home start against the Phillies. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Cespedes 'wrist' says he's ready to play
    Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) said he's "ready to play."

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins gave Cespedes the night off Thursday after receiving a cortisone injection in his sprained wrist a day earlier. Cespedes doesn't seem to be showing any ill effects and hopes to return as soon as possible. Alejandro De Aza will handle center field Thursday night but if Cespedes has his way, he'll be back there on Friday. Yesterday, 3:04 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Byung-ho Park goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Byung-ho Park went 0-for-3 with a sac fly Thursday, lowering his June average to .153.

    Advice: The Twins had the option of keeping Oswaldo Arcia and sending down Byung-ho Park last week, but they said they didn't even consider it. Park is batting just .200 for the year now. He does have 12 homers, but with 73 strikeouts in 205 at-bats, he's not helping right now. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Starling Marte appears as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte flied out as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte also came off the bench yesterday. He's been unable to start the last two days because of left foot soreness. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Cespedes (hip) not in Mets' lineup Thursday
    Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) is out of the Mets' starting lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Cespedes suffered a mild left wrist sprain Wednesday on a hard swing in the fifth inning. He was given a cortisone injection and might be rested a few more days, but it sounds like he is going to avoid the disabled list. Alejandro De Aza is in center field and batting eighth on Thursday night in Atlanta. Yesterday, 12:37 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Marte (foot) out of Bucs lineup again Thurs.
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was also held out of the starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. He did pinch-hit on Wednesday, which is usually a good indication that the injury is not serious. Sean Rodriguez is starting in left field Thursday. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Starling Marte (ankle) serves as pinch hitter
    Starling Marte (foot) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was held out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. It's clearly nothing too serious, but he may also have to be limited to bench work in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Yesterday, 5:33 am
  • Cespedes diagnosed with a mild wrist sprain
    Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a mild sprain of his left wrist.

    Advice: Cespedes was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Royals after spraining his wrist on a hard swing in the fifth inning. He received a cortisone shot after the game and is being listed as day-to-day. It is likely that Cespedes will miss at least a few games, but it appears for now that he has dodged the disabled list. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Velasquez (biceps) posts strong rehab start
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) said that he felt "back to normal" following Wednesday's rehab outing at Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez surrendered a leadoff homer to shortstop Todd Haskins, but settled down to allow just one other hit over his five innings of work. He threw 76 pitches during his time on the mound. Velasquez is hoping this will be the only minor league work he needs. Should he be reinserted back into the rotation, his next start would likely come against the Diamondbacks on June 27. He has been on the shelf with a right biceps strain since June 8. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Cespedes pulled because of wrist discomfort
    Yoenis Cespedes departed Wednesday's game with left wrist discomfort.

    Advice: Cespedes may have tweaked something on a swing in the fifth inning. SNY spotted him smiling in the Mets' dugout in the seventh, for whatever that's worth. Yo will be reevaluated Thursday in Atlanta. Wednesday, 12:36 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Cespedes leaves game with apparent injury
    Yoenis Cespedes was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Cespedes appeared to grimace on one of his swings, but it's hard to guess where the pain was coming from. He left after drawing a walk in the bottom of the fifth. Alejandro De Aza took over in center field. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Starling Marte (ankle) out Wednesday vs. SF
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte was lifted from Tuesday's game after experiencing pain in his left foot while trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. He's considered day-to-day for now. Gregory Polanco will start in left field and Matt Joyce will play right on Wednesday night against the Giants. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Reds release C/INF Jordan Pacheco
    Reds released C/INF Jordan Pacheco.

    Advice: Pacheco elected to become a free agent Wednesday after getting pushed off the Reds' 40-man roster for pitcher Michael Lorenzen. Pacheco had been recovering from a right shoulder injury and might have to prove his health before a new team makes an offer. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
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    Bot 8, 6-8 vs x NYM
  • Starling Marte left game with foot discomfort
    Starling Marte departed Tuesday's game against the Giants with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: He dealt with a left ankle injury earlier this month, but it's not clear if this new foot thing is related. Marte pulled up in pain after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Cespedes' solo homer helps Mets edge Royals
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Mets edged the Royals 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes muscled up and swatted an Ian Kennedy pitch to deep center in the fourth inning for what ended up being the deciding run. The 30-year-old now has 18 home runs, third-most in the National League, with 44 RBI and 39 runs scored. He's hitting .284/.354/.576 overall. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Starling Marte departs game with leg injury
    Starling Marte left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Marte came up hurting after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. Marte brought a stellar .333/.374/.502 batting line into the game. It'd be a huge loss for the Pirates if he requires a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Sano (hamstring) to begin rehab games Fri.
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) expects to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Sano has been on the disabled list since June 1 because of a left hamstring strain. "He's hungry to get out and play," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday. "I think between the diagnosis and our concern about making sure this is something that doesn't get repeated, we're proceeding cautiously." Look for him to spend about 4-5 days at Rochester before returning to the Twins' active roster. Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 3-5 x @NYY
  • White Sox place Putnam on 15-day DL
    White Sox placed RHP Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow.

    Advice: Putnam has been dealing with an elbow issue for a while and will now get some extended rest. The White Sox have called up Chris Beck to take his place in the bullpen. Tuesday, 9:13 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Tropeano (shoulder) to begin rehab stint Thu.
    Nick Tropeano (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Inland Empire.

    Advice: Tropeano, out since June 4 with shoulder tightness, got the go-ahead after making it through a four-inning simulated game Saturday with no issues. He's expected to throw five innings in his return to game action on Thursday. It's unclear how many starts he'll make in the minors before returning to the Angels' rotation. Monday, 2:29 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Velasquez (biceps) to make rehab start Wed.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) will make a minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right biceps strain, believes that he will only require one rehab start. The 24-year-old owns a 3.65 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over 12 starts this season. Monday, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Marte (face) goes 3-for-5 in return Sun.
    Starling Marte (face) went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in his return to the Pirates' starting lineup Sunday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte hadn't started a game since taking a one-hopper off his face in the outfield last Wednesday. He boasts a .337/.378/.508 batting line in 63 games this year. Monday, 5:25 am
  • Miguel Sano (hamstring) takes BP, runs
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) took batting practice and did some running on Saturday.

    Advice: Sano will take a day off Sunday before going through a multitude of tests, including cutting, starting and stopping, on Monday. "He’s getting pretty close to starting to think about sending him out [on a rehabilitation assignment]," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. Sunday, 6:10 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 3-5 x @NYY
  • Tropeano (shoulder) throws simulated game
    Nick Tropeano (shoulder) threw a four-inning simulated game Saturday without issue.

    Advice: Tropeano will be reevaluated Sunday -- if he's feeling good, the Angels could map out a minor league rehab assignment. The right-hander has been out since June 4 because of shoulder tightness. He had a promising 3.25 ERA in 10 appearances before landing on the DL. Saturday, 8:56 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Greinke dominant over eight to beat Phillies
    Zack Greinke delivered eight innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Diamondbacks' 4-1 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Greinke gave up a solo shot to Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the first inning, but he was otherwise brilliant. Arizona managed only three hits and one walk against him, and he struck out six. The ace right-hander has been on a roll since late April and now boasts a 10-3 record, 3.54 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 85/19 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 total innings for the year. He gets the Rockies at Coors Field next. Saturday, 2:55 pm
  • Byung-ho Park plates three in loss to Yankees
    Byung-ho Park swatted his 12th home run of the season and drove home three runs in a losing effort against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: His 12 home runs lead all rookies in the American League. He connected on a two-run homer off Yankees starter Michael Pineda in the fourth inning to give the Twins a 3-0 lead. He increased that advantage with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Park finished the afternoon 1-for-3, but is still hitting just .207/.290/.444 on the season with 12 bombs and 23 RBI. Saturday, 2:18 pm
  • Starling Marte (face) out again on Saturday
    Starling Marte (face) is out again Saturday.

    Advice: Marte has been on the shelf since taking a one-hipper off the face Wednesday. He's considered day-to-day. Matt Joyce is in left field and batting sixth on Saturday. Saturday, 2:00 pm
  • Kendall Graveman goes seven strong
    Kendall Graveman pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run and three hits, Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Graveman left with a one-run lead, but Ryan Madson let that slip away in the ninth. It's just Graveman's fourth quality start in 13 tries, and it's the first time he's gone seven full innings. He's still a possibility for some mixed-league value in the second half, but he needs to show more first. Friday, 11:01 pm
  • Miguel Sano (hamstring) ahead of schedule
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Miguel Sano (hamstring) is progressing ahead of schedule and could begin a rehab assignment in a week.

    Advice: A rare bit of good news for the Twins. Sano has been swinging a bat for nearly a week, although it's unclear how much, if any, running he's done. He could conceivably be back before the end of the month if all goes well. Friday, 2:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 3-5 x @NYY
  • Byung-ho Park sitting out on Friday
    Byung-ho Park is absent from the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Eduardo Nunez is in the designated hitter spot and Eduardo Escobar is at shortstop. Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Starling Marte (face) remains out of lineup
    Starling Marte (face) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte took a one-hopper off the face on Wednesday and has now sat out two games in a row. He's considered day-to-day. Matt Joyce has assumed his spot in left field. Jung Ho Kang is also sitting out for the Pirates, as David Freese is handling third base. Friday, 9:12 am
  • Byung-ho Park goes 0-for-4
    After sitting Tuesday, Byung-ho Park went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: The Twins said earlier this week that they haven't considered sending Park to the minors. Considering that he still has a .722 OPS in spite of his recent struggles, there's certainly no pressing need to take the step. Besides, the Twins are going nowhere with or without him. Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Cespedes scores three times in Mets rout
    Yoenis Cespedes laced three singles, drew a walk and scored three times on Wednesday as the Mets routed the Pirates.

    Advice: Cespedes went 3-for-4 with the walk, improving his line to .286/.357/.573 with 16 homers, 37 runs and 40 RBI. Since joining the Mets mid-season last year Cespedes has played at a level he never had before. Wednesday, 9:13 pm
    Bot 8, 8-6 ^ @Atl
  • Vince Velasquez (biceps) played catch Tues.
    Vince Velasquez (biceps) played catch Tuesday afternoon in Toronto.

    Advice: "I feel good," Velasquez said after the workout. "Everything is clicking pretty well. I'm just taking it easy. It felt weird throwing a little bit, though. I hadn't thrown for five days." The young starter was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 10 because of a right biceps strain, but the Phillies have maintained that was a precautionary move. Velasquez should be back in the Philadelphia rotation before the end of June. Wednesday, 7:34 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Nick Tropeano (shoulder) on the comeback trail
    Nick Tropeano (shoulder) will pitch a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: He was scratched from his start on June 4 with shoulder tightness and placed on the disabled list shortly after. Tropeano could be activated from the disabled list if his session goes well on Saturday. If the Angels send him on a rehab assignment it will be a very short one. The right-hander has been a bright spot for the Angels this year, compiling a solid 3.25 ERA over 10 appearances. Tuesday, 9:19 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Park sitting out for second time in three games
    Byung-ho Park is not in the Twins' lineup Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Oswaldo Arcia is getting the start at DH. Park got off to a solid start this year but has cooled off considerably over the last month and a half. Tuesday will mark his second absence in the last three games. Tuesday, 4:55 pm
  • Pacheco placed on 15-day DL
    Reds placed C/INF Jordan Pacheco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 3, with right shoulder tendinitis.

    Advice: Pacheco will head to Triple-A Louisville to rehab the injury. Because his stint on the disabled list is backdated, he could be back with the Reds in the next few days if all goes well. Tuesday, 12:08 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 8, 6-8 vs x NYM
  • Zack Greinke limits Dodgers to two runs
    Zack Greinke turned in a strong performance in Monday's win over the Dodgers, surrendering two runs on seven hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Greinke struck out six and walked two on the evening. Justin Turner burned him for an RBI double in the first inning and Corey Seager crushed a solo home run in the fifth, but otherwise, it was smooth sailing for the Diamondbacks' big-money offseason acquisition. After a slow start to the season, he has been stupendous of late, with just seven total runs allowed in his last five starts (37 innings). At the end of April, Greinke's ERA stood at a robust 5.50 ERA. After Monday's nice turn in the rotation, it now sits at 3.75. The buy-low window looks like it might have closed. A Sunday afternoon road showdown with the Phillies awaits him next time out as he looks to continue his recent hot streak. Monday, 10:07 pm
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