Before we move on to the start of the ALCS Saturday night at Fenway, here are five thoughts on the just-completed Red Sox-Yankees Division Series:
1. Round 1 to Alex Cora
When the Red Sox and Yankees fired their managers -- technically, Joe Girardi's deal was up and the Yanks used that as an opportunity to move on from him, but let's not get hung up on semantics -- it was inevitable that the newbies, Alex Cora and Aaron Boone, would be evaluated against one another. That was especially true since this was the first year since 1991 that the two rivals each hired new dugout bosses.