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Real game to come for Red Sox-Yankees

Offseason will bring competition as rivals fight for best free agents

Updated: September 24, 2010, 9:35 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- It is already settled on the field. The New York Yankees are going to the playoffs. The Boston Red Sox are not.

When the teams meet this weekend in the Bronx, the Yankees have a great shot at clinching a playoff spot. Their magic number is three. Any combination of Yankee wins and Sox losses totaling three, and the Yanks are in.

But anyone with a sense of history knows the competition is just beginning between these two rivals. The offseason, when both clubs are looking ...

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