TAMPA, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — 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.

“I’m not going to win many battles here when it comes to words, especially against Bobby,” said Rodriguez. “I have my new press secretary that should be landing in the next couple days -– Reggie Jackson. So I’ll let him handle that.”

Derek Jeter spoke longer, but was no less bemused.

“Why are we talking about this?” he asked.

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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.

Jeter found the topic ridiculous, saying he’s “indifferent” to Valentine’s jabs.

“I could care less,” said Jeter. “I guess that’s the best way to put it. I just don’t know why it’s being brought up. I don’t know what to tell you.”

The Yankees practiced cutoff and relay drills Wednesday morning. According to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, Jeter walked up to reporters after the workout and said, “See we do practice that.”

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