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Bobby Valentine joins baseball's hottest rivalry

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP)

Bobby Valentine smiled his big, wide smile, surrounded by media, talking about the Red Sox and the Yankees.

Baseball's hottest rivalry gets a new provocateur this year.

Valentine stood in the third base dugout at Steinbrenner Field before Tuesday night's exhibition game between his Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, the first of two meaningless spring training meetings that serve as an appetizer for the 18 bitter, tense and often lengthy games during the regular season.

He says: ''The intensity will be interesting. Looking forward to it? Who knows?''

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