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Rivalry isn't the same, but it's still No. 1

Yanks-Sox has lost some luster -- and bluster -- but it remains second to none in N.Y.

Updated: May 13, 2011, 7:18 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

This thing between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox was better off when Munson and Fisk were raging at each other in a cloud of home-plate dust, and when the teams were staring down each other from opposite sides of a barbed-wire fence.

Nettles and Rivers doing a number on Spaceman Lee. Pedro slamming down old man Zimmer. Varitek shoving that grubby mitt of his into A-Rod's pretty little face.

Time and circumstance and liberating, ghost-busting victories for Boston and ...

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