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“I go out and just play the game. It doesn’t matter one way or another. There’s things that happened over the years with a lot of different things in baseball,” he said. “For me it’s not an issue.”

Valentine said he doesn’t want Youkilis to think “I was jabbing at him.”

“I’d be surprised if Kevin didn’t know I was totally behind him,” he said. “We’re big boys. I think he’ll get it. If not, I’ll talk to him a lot more.”