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BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Hall of Famer Wade Boggs doesn't remember the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry as the same way as it is now when he played for the Red Sox from 1982 to 1992.

"When I was with the Red Sox, there was no rivalry with the Yankees," Boggs said Friday night. "Our only rivalry was the Blue Jays. The Yankees were last. We didn't ever worry about the Yankees. They were a blip on the radar screen. Toronto was the team we had to battle with, them and Oakland.

"Once I went to New York and the Yankees started winning, it started a little bit. Now, it's a rip-roaring forest fire, right?"

Thanks to Boggs, then, for starting the rivalry.

WORLD NEWS

Should Canada advance from the first round of the World Classic, the first international tournament with major-league players next March, it won't have far to travel. Canada, the U.S., Mexico and South Africa will compete in Arizona, with the top team advancing. The final two rounds of the 16-nation competition will be staged at San Diego's Petco Park on March 18 and 20. Japan has agreed to participate, but Cuba has not. Of the 829 players who appeared on this year's Opening Day rosters, 242 were born outside the United States. The largest offshore contingents represent the Dominican Republic (91), Venezuela (46) and Puerto Rico (34). Canada has had 20 major- leaguers appear.

YOUR WINNERS

Central Ontario, as usual run by baseball's happy-go-lucky, goodwill ambassador John Hurd, won the Cannon Cup midget tourney on for the second year in a row, going undefeated (6-0) and beating Montreal in the final 4-0. Brampton's Steve Huff was the winning pitcher ... Ryan Panas picked up the win as catcher Greg Densem and first baseman Brett Sanders each homered as Toronto defeated Eastern Ontario 9-4 in the final of the Willis Cup bantam tournament. Also undefeated, Toronto outscored its opponents 38-16.


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