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Epic showdowns define this storied history

Originally Published: September 17, 2007
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- It was a classic baseball journey that began with a duel of two starting pitchers with 569 wins between them. Of course it did.

It was a classic baseball journey that ended with a pulsating battle between the greatest late-inning bat magician of his time and the greatest closer of all time. Of course it did.

And it was a classic baseball journey that was decided by an epic eighth-inning mano a mano between a pitcher and hitter who have met so many times before that ...

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