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These days, Schilling said, the clubs are not bitter enemies.
"There are very few players left from the earlier times. The dustups we've had since I have been here have mostly been due to the competitive nature of the games more than anything," he wrote. "There are a lot of players involved that know each other and are good friends, so much like the Yankees and us."
Schilling doesn't foresee any brawls in the next week or so. He'll sit this one out following shoulder surgery.
"The game results are far more important than any egos involved, so no," he said. "I've already seen the Coco/Shields match three times today. This series, these teams, are bigger than that."
The ALCS matchup was set Monday after the Rays beat the Chicago White Sox in four games and Boston eliminated the Los Angeles Angels in four.
While Boston will try to win its third championship in five years, the 100-win Angels can put away their postseason bunting. In fact, that's what doomed them -- a botched suicide squeeze by Erick Aybar in the ninth inning.
"I thought it was a good situation for us," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It didn't work out."
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