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Bobby V bringing new life to old rivalry

Love him or hate him, skipper may be the best thing to happen to Yanks-Sawx in years

Updated: February 29, 2012, 3:29 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

The gratuitous tweaking Tuesday of Alex Rodriguez for the catcher's mitt facial he got from Jason Varitek once upon a time? That's old material. The same goes for new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's "I hate the Yankees" decree that he first uttered at baseball's winter meetings last month. It might have sounded fresh to New Englanders' ears, but New Yorkers know that could've come out of Bobby V's mouth in any of the years he managed the Mets. This was the real departure Valentine made Tuesday: ...

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