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“Follow my finger. Do not smoke,” joked bench coach Ron Wotus, waving his pointer finger in a tick-tock motion. “You’re cured. Next! … A hypnotist, come on. Good for them. The mind is a powerful thing.”

Reliever Jeremy Affeldt isn’t yet a believer, either.

“That’s what they all say (that it works). I don’t buy it,” Affeldt said. “Boch is holding up pretty good, though I don’t see him behind closed doors if he’s putting something in his lip. I don’t plan on seeing (a hypnotist). I’d like to keep control of my own thoughts.”

Yet Kim Bochy is beginning to let herself believe that her husband might be done dipping for good. He has gone longer stretches before in an effort to quit, but not midseason like this.

“I told Bruce: ‘This is a true test. If you can actually do this during the baseball season and stop, that’s phenomenal,’” Kim Bochy said. “He has quit so many times before but always at the end of the season or going into spring training. And, the whole game thing (arrives) and he’d go right back into it. I was amazed he was going to try it in the middle of the season. It’s worked. It’s a good thing.”