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Aviles, Valentine deny report of spring rift

Aviles, Valentine deny report of spring rift

Aviles, Valentine deny report of spring rift
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Aviles and Bobby Valentine on Monday were both quick to quash the idea that they had an early Spring Training rift.

The New York Daily News reported that Valentine was overly critical of his shortstop during infield drills in the first week of camp. The News quoted a source as saying the scene was "very ugly," and that a group of Red Sox players confronted Valentine asking for him to apologize to Aviles.

"I don't even know where he got that," Aviles said of the column's author, Bill Madden. "In all honesty, I don't know where that source came out. That's news to me. I don't remember having a run-in with Bobby at all. You guys know more than I do, because I don't know anything about it."

Valentine said before the opener of a three-game series with the Twins that the issue was news to him as well.

"I just heard about it," Valentine said. "It goes from the sublime to ridiculous, doesn't it, around here? Or around there?"

Valentine's response turned sarcastic.

"Those New York writers," he said. "But if we're going to do full-disclosure, which we better do that, the team party that I threw, I spilled a Coke on one of the players' wives. And I apologized."

Aviles said Valentine did work closely with him in spring as any new manager would naturally.

"He's a new manager with a new team, so of course he's going to have different instruction, different talk," Aviles said. "We were talking from the first day of Spring Training. He had some things to help me out with at short, because I didn't play there much last year. He helped me out with a couple of things."

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