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Monday, July 16, 2012
Kevin Youkilis returns to Fenway

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis returned Monday to Fenway Park as a member of the Chicago White Sox for the first time since he was traded on June 24.

Youkilis met with the local and national media at 4 p.m. ET in the interview room at the storied ballpark and said all the right things. He praised the Red Sox fans and hopes for a series victory against his old team.

"I'm a competitor, and it doesn't matter who the opposition is because I'm looking to win every game," Youkilis said. "That's my goal."

Youkilis didn't bash Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine even though his relationship with the first-year skipper has been widely viewed as one of the reasons for the trade.

"I'm not here to talk about it and I don't understand why this is still a big rift," Youkilis said. "I'm just here to play baseball, and things will happen. It's about going out and playing the ballgame."

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