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Rodriguez rumors refuted

The Red Sox and Rangers today refuted reports that they had resumed talks on trading Manny Ramirez for Alex Rodriguez and plan to meet in New York this weekend to negotiate terms of the deal.

"It's completely untrue," Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkins said after checking with team owner Tom Hicks. "People are making a huge mountain out of nothing."

ESPN Radio and ESPN.com, citing a high-ranking baseball official, reported the talks had been revived and that a trade between the teams was "actively being discussed."

Not so, according to the Sox.

"You can never say never," team president Larry Lucchino said in an interview with NESN. "Sometime in the future something could be resurrected. It's a chapter we have closed and we are moving on."

Lucchino dined with Hicks last week when baseball owners met in Scottsdale, Ariz., but both sides said the proposed trade remains dormant.

"We have no further comment on a matter that was closed a few weeks ago," said Sox spokesman Kevin Shea.

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