DALLAS -- The likes of Joe Torre, Joe Girardi and Terry Francona have confessed to getting worn out by the intensity and frequency of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Perhaps in time, Bobby Valentine will join that list.

At the moment, however -- without having experienced a single rivalry game in uniform -- the Red Sox's new manager is embracing the excitement with his standard enthusiasm and good humor.

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Asked yesterday, at his baseball winter meetings media availability, to discuss the rivalry, Valentine smiled wide and responded: "No. I hate the Yankees. I don't want to waste this valuable time talking about the Yankees. This is too valuable."

Once the laughter from reporters subsided, Valentine added, "I told Joe Girardi I used to love him, but now I hate him."

Valentine and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who are good friends, already had exchanged trash talk prior to this week.

Girardi said of his new adversary: "Bobby is going to be probably a little bit different type of manager than Terry was, because every manager is going to have a different philosophy than the last guy. A lot of your moves as a manager are dependent on what type of players you have. If you've got a bunch of guys that hit the ball out of the ballpark and are slow to first base, you're not all of a sudden going to become a base-stealing team. So you have to look at the lineup.

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"But time will tell how he's going to manage that club, and it's our job to pay attention."