TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez laughed off Bobby Valentine's comments about his 2004 scrap with Jason Varitek, then made a brief statement and ducked through the crowd of reporters surrounding his locker.
Derek Jeter spoke longer, but was no less bemused.
The first Yankees-Red Sox stir of the new season appears to be fizzling out.
Valentine, Boston's new manager, said Tuesday that Jeter didn't need to make his famous flip-to-home relay during the 2001 playoffs and fondly recalled when Varitek "beat up" Rodriguez in 2004.
Rodriguez said Wednesday he didn't want to get into a war of words with Valentine. Jeter found the topic ridiculous, saying he's "indifferent" to Valentine's jabs.