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Mattingly reflects on history with Red Sox

LOS ANGELES -- The Red Sox had only been to Dodger Stadium for one series before Friday, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has plenty of history with the club from Boston.

Mattingly was a bitter rival of the Red Sox during his 14 seasons playing with the Yankees, and then coached against them in New York from 2004-07.

Of course, Mattingly conceded this Interleague matchup "is a lot different" than the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. But the manager did some reminiscing on Friday afternoon with Boston in town for a three-game series.

Mattingly said his favorite moment against the Red Sox was in 1986, when Boston outfielder Jim Rice went into the stands at Yankee Stadium to retrieve his cap, which was swiped from his head by a fan as Rice made a catch down the left-field line.

"Probably the best picture is Jim Rice running up into the stands for his hat," Mattingly said. "He was about 20 rows deep. That was funny. He was chugging up those stairs for that hat."

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for
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