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Pedro 'very important,' Schilling says

Updated: December 2, 2003, 10:24 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Curt Schilling wants a good-natured rivalry with the ace of the Boston Red Sox pitching staff, Pedro Martinez.

"I want to pitch better than him, but not because he pitches bad," Schilling said Monday. "I want him to throw a gem, and me to throw a better gem."

There was no announcement about who would be managing them. Oakland bench coach Terry Francona is considered the front-runner, and a decision is expected within a few days. He did not immediately return a call ...

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