Lindor's walk-off HR sparks happiest trot ever

Lindor's walk-off HR sparks happiest trot ever

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor began the 10th inning by bobbling a routine grounder, which put the go-ahead run on base. He was mad at himself, but he knew he had a chance to make up for the error since he would lead off the bottom of the frame.

Eventually, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw escaped a two-on, no-out jam, but when Lindor came up to bat, rain started falling by the second pitch. He broke his bat on the following pitch, and the rain came down harder. But on the seventh pitch, Lindor launched his first career walk-off homer to propel the Indians over the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Saturday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Fluke injury cues epic go-ahead HR by Astro

Fluke injury cues epic go-ahead HR by Astro

BALTIMORE -- Marwin Gonzalez dug into the batter's box against Orioles reliever Darren O'Day in an incredibly unfortunate circumstance Saturday night. And then he did something the first-place Astros haven't been able to do all year.

Gonzalez, taking the place of an injured Colin Moran, worked an 0-1 count for eight more pitches and delivered a decisive three-run, pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning to lift Houston (65-32) to an 8-4 series win over the Orioles.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Astros on Saturday.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Cruz helps Mariners shrug off Yanks' late rally

Cruz helps Mariners shrug off Yanks' late rally

SEATTLE -- Another Aaron Judge home run wasn't enough for the Yankees on Saturday as Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win in a back-and-forth affair at Safeco Field.

Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in August, scorched a leadoff double off Adam Warren, who then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before Cruz delivered with his American League-leading 75th RBI for Seattle's fifth walk-off victory of the year

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Bryce tags D-backs prospect; Nats hold on

Bryce tags D-backs prospect; Nats hold on

PHOENIX -- Just three batters into his first career start, Anthony Banda got his "welcome to the Majors" moment Saturday night at Chase Field. After getting two quick outs, Banda surrendered a towering solo homer to Bryce Harper that started the scoring for the Nationals en route to a 4-3 win.

Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his second save in as many chances with the Nationals, allowing an unearned run on Paul Goldschmidt's pinch-hit sac fly but striking out Ketel Marte with the potential tying run at first base.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix and covered the D-backs on Saturday.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Scrappy Crew ends skid with roller-coaster W

Scrappy Crew ends skid with roller-coaster W

PHILADELPHIA -- It didn't fall easily, but the Brewers' longest losing streak of the season did finally fall.

The Phillies trailed by seven runs in the seventh inning but stormed all the way back for a tie, before Domingo Santana's run-scoring single in the ninth gave the Brewers a 9-8 win on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The nail-biting result snapped Philadelphia's three-game winning streak and Milwaukee's six-game skid, just in time to deny the Cubs a share of first place in the National League Central.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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Royals belt 5 HRs to power past White Sox

Royals belt 5 HRs to power past White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- Salvador Perez hit a game-tying two-run homer, while Mike Moustakas and Brandon Moss also went deep in a five-run sixth inning that propelled the Royals to a 7-2 win over the White Sox on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals, who hit five home runs in the series-clinching victory, have won four in a row and remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians in the American League Central. The White Sox have lost eight straight games.

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Wilson Alexander is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Saturday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Yanks going after big fish?
The Yankees have checked in with the Marlins regarding the availability of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report Saturday from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

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Yankees inquire about Stanton's availability

Yankees inquire about Stanton's availability

The Yankees have checked in with the Marlins regarding the availability of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report Saturday from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

It is not clear how serious the Yankees are about trading for Stanton, and the report said the talks with the Marlins likely did not go much further beyond an initial phone call sometime in the last few weeks. The Yankees are not said to be having ongoing discussions with the Marlins regarding Stanton, one of baseball's most powerful sluggers.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cozart meets the donkey Votto promised him

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Cozart meets the donkey Votto promised him

Joey Votto paid up on a deal he made with teammate Zack Cozart prior to the All-Star break.

Votto promised Cozart if he made the All-Star roster this season, Votto would gift him with a donkey. Cozart really loves donkeys so the deal seemed too good to be true. Now that we know Cozart landed an All-Star spot, he was able to meet his new life companion before the Reds hosted the Marlins Saturday.

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Cubs sink Cards' 'pen after Waino-Lester duel

Cubs sink Cards' 'pen after Waino-Lester duel

CHICAGO -- On Friday, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the eighth inning to post a win over the Cubs. On Saturday, the Cubs got some payback, thanks to Jon Lester and the return of Kris Bryant.

A surprise starter after missing a game because of a finger injury, Bryant hit a game-tying RBI single and scored on Anthony Rizzo's double, both with two outs in the eighth inning, to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, and Facebook.

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Cueto's son does dad's famous shimmy move

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Cueto's son does dad's famous shimmy move

Before the Giants hosted the Padres on Saturday, Johnny Cueto could be seen warming up on the field with others wearing Giants uniforms. These two sporting the orange and black weren't his teammates though, they were his sons, Johnny Cueto Jr. and Joande Cueto -- both wearing uniforms with their dad's name across the back.

Taking in a few moments before the game was extra special to Cueto, who never had the opportunity to do that with his father. The three went for a jog on the field, the kids played some catch, drew in the dirt, and even spent a few minutes relaxing on the infield tarp.

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Kershaw can extend amazing run on MLB.TV

Kershaw can extend amazing run on MLB.TV

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound today as he puts his winning streak on the line versus the Braves as part of a full slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV.

Kershaw is in the midst of an incredible run of victories in eight consecutive starts while recording a 1.76 ERA and racking up 74 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings pitched over that span. The most dominant left-hander in the game hasn't lost since May 1 against the Giants.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky's 4-for-4 tops trade target performances

Melky's 4-for-4 tops trade target performances

With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching, Major League clubs looking to bolster their rosters for the season's stretch run have their attention focused on a select group of players who could provide the boost contenders need for a postseason push.

The White Sox appear inclined to move Melky Cabrera, and the outfielder might have raised his stock with his offensive outburst on Saturday.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

This can be a confusing time of year in the world of baseball transactions -- and not just because some of us are sure to be duped by the occasional phony Twitter account dispensing "fake news" on the trade front.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has radically altered the free-agent Draft-pick compensation system, and that has a direct impact on the upcoming non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31. In the past, it made sense for some would-be sellers to hold onto certain pending free agents because of the Draft pick that could be recouped if he signed elsewhere. But now, that compensation varies according to the team's economic circumstances and the specific dollar amount the player earns elsewhere.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout liner nearly demolishes camera; yes, there's footage

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Trout liner nearly demolishes camera; yes, there's footage

Any time Mike Trout makes contact with the ball, something is bound to happen. It could be a ball that's blasted out of the park, a home run robbery, or in this case, a possible broken camera.

When the Angels were hosting the Red Sox on Saturday night, the six-time All-Star was facing David Price. Trout hit a line drive into foul territory directly at a camera, right into the lens -- a sequel of sorts to Dae-Ho Lee's camera-smashing moment last season. 

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Report: Brewers looking into Tigers' Kinsler

Milwaukee also has been linked to teammates Verlander, Wilson

Report: Brewers looking into Tigers' Kinsler

PHILADELPHIA -- Just as Eric Sogard returned from the 10-day disabled list Saturday, the Brewers were linked to a new name on the trade market: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported Saturday that the Brewers were "digging into the possibility" of acquiring Kinsler, the 35-year-old, four-time All-Star who is in the final guaranteed year of his contract but has a $10 million club option for 2018. Kinsler entered Saturday with a .244/.324/.397 slash line this season.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers slug Braves as offense powers up

Dodgers slug Braves as offense powers up

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor homered Saturday night at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers returned to their slugging and winning ways with a 6-2 victory over the Braves, snapping their two-game losing streak.

Dodgers starter Rich Hill (7-4) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings and is 4-0 in his career against Atlanta. He is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA since modifying his delivery six starts back. Braves starter Julio Teheran (7-8) is 0-6 in his career against the Dodgers.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles He covered the Braves on Saturday.

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Rox ride Marquez's gem, snap Bucs' win streak

Rox ride Marquez's gem, snap Bucs' win streak

DENVER -- Rookie right-hander German Marquez tied a career high with nine strikeouts -- and was hot under the collar, when necessary -- as the Rockies ended the Pirates' win streak at six games with a 7-3 victory Saturday night at Coors Field.

Marquez (8-4) used a curveball, slider and changeup that were sharp from the outset -- and his fastball topped out at 98.6 mph -- as he held the Pirates to three hits and two runs in seven innings. After two walks and a run in the first, he issued no more walks, and his only additional run was a solo homer by Josh Bell.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Pirates on Saturday.

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Rays acquire Romo for cash considerations

Rays acquire Romo for cash considerations

ST. PETERSBURG -- Following Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, the Rays announced they had acquired right-handed reliever Sergio Romo from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations.

"I'm excited," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's a guy whose got big-game experience and pitched in a lot of high-leverage situations. I think he'll complement our bullpen really well. Really like the way he attacks right-handers.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price sees stellar streak end, but health intact

Red Sox starter can't protect early lead in loss to Angels

Price sees stellar streak end, but health intact

ANAHEIM -- Though David Price's streak of allowing three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts came to an end in Saturday night's 7-3 loss to the Angels, the left-hander continues to be an encouraging storyline for the Red Sox coming down the stretch.

After the scare of Spring Training, when Price suffered a left elbow injury that initially looked like it might require Tommy John surgery, the fact that he's going out there every fifth day with powerful stuff is a big deal for the Red Sox.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back at Tri-City, Keuchel has crisp rehab start

Back at Tri-City, Keuchel has crisp rehab start

LOWELL, Mass. -- After finishing his warmup pitches prior to entering his rehab start Saturday, Astros Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Dallas Keuchel fist-bumped each Tri-City teammate in the bullpen. After he turned around toward the dugout, a couple of them stared at the hands he'd touched and started to laugh.

It was star treatment for the pitcher who was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA before being placed on the disabled list June 8 with a neck injury. He hasn't pitched in the Majors since June 2 for the first-place Astros. But he will return to his team after going five innings for the Class A Short-Season ValleyCats on Saturday night, allowing one run. He had five strikeouts, hit one batter and allowed three hits over 62 pitches.

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Braves' Gohara, Sims impress in upper Minors

Braves' Gohara, Sims impress in upper Minors

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Will your favorite team land Gray at Deadline?

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Will your favorite team land Gray at Deadline?

So far during his relatively brief MLB career, Athletics starter Sonny Gray has shown glimpses of front-line ace potential. But with the A's out of postseason contention this season, Sonny and his fantastic name have been bandied about in trade talks.

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Pipeline Preview: Alvarez making Double-A debut

Pipeline Preview: Alvarez making Double-A debut

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Raudy Read (Nationals' No. 17), Harrisburg vs. Binghamton (1:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Blackmon's speed, range

Statcast of the Day: Blackmon's speed, range

DENVER -- While not considered to be among the fastest players in the Majors, during three plays in the Rockies' 7-3 victory over the Pirates on Saturday, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon proved what's important: He's as fast as he needs to be.

"I'd like to think I treat them all the same, and that's doing the best I can every time," Blackmon said. "Maybe you feel a little different energy when it's a weekend game, there are a lot of people in the stands, and it's a close game."

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Deadline looming, Hellickson struggles

Phillies right-hander allows six runs over five innings in loss to Brewers

With Deadline looming, Hellickson struggles

PHILADELPHIA -- The clock is ticking for Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies. The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, a date that for months has loomed in the distance, is now just single-digit days away.

The chances for Hellickson to prove his worth are numbered. Friday was his second-to-last start before Deadline day arrives, and he did not make the most of it. Hellickson tossed up a clunker in Saturday's 9-8 loss to the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, allowing six runs in five innings.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gibson helps Twins keep pace in Central race

Gibson helps Twins keep pace in Central race

MINNEAPOLIS -- Early run support by the offense backed a solid showing from right-hander Kyle Gibson to ultimately help the Twins edge the Tigers, 6-5, on Saturday at Target Field. Minnesota staved off a late push by Detroit to snap its three-game losing streak to the American League Central rival. The Twins also kept pace in the division, as both the Indians and Royals won.

Gibson spun a season-best 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his sixth win of the year. It marked his longest outing since he tossed eight frames on Sept. 13, 2016, against the Tigers. Alex Presley notched three of the Tigers' five hits off Gibson, including an RBI double in the eighth to chase Gibson out of the game. Gibson struck out five batters and walked three, lowering his season ERA to 6.08.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Tigers on Saturday.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Starlin back on DL after aggravating hammy

Starlin back on DL after aggravating hammy

SEATTLE -- Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro reinjured his right hamstring and will be placed on the 10-day disabled list, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday.

"It's frustrating. He's frustrated," said Girardi. "He had an MRI this morning, and it's definitely bad for him."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Just days after return, Marte in midseason form

Just days after return, Marte in midseason form

DENVER -- Starling Marte dribbled a ninth-inning fastball from Greg Holland just past the pitcher's mound. Using his signature speed, he sprinted down the line, earning the infield hit without a throw.

With the bases loaded, Marte had his third hit of the night, driving in the Pirates' final run in a 7-3 loss to the Rockies. Marte has played only five games since being reinstated from an 80-game PED suspension, but he has seemed to find a rhythm already, hitting .292 with three stolen bases and six runs.

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Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Pirates on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers score 3 unearned in edging Rays

Rangers score 3 unearned in edging Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- After five innings Saturday night, the Rays appeared to be in grand shape to even their weekend series against the Rangers. Then came the nightmare inning that led to a 4-3 Texas win at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers (47-50) won their second consecutive game, while the Rays (51-47) lost their third consecutive game.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Saturday.

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