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Red Sox need to accept some realities about defending crown



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Johnny Damon plays hurt. He plays recklessly. He cares. The world championship he and all the Red Sox brought New Englanders has, in a sense, given him a position of empowerment so that when his heart speaks, it leads SportsCenter.

Damon wants to win another World Series ring, and somewhere deep down he realizes that isn't likely to happen without Curt Schilling as the No. 1 starter who won them that ring in 2004. When he heard Schilling was going to be the closer, his heart came through his throat, a heart that wanted Mike Timlin closing in Keith Foulke's absence, for all Timlin means to his teammates.







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