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Torre surprised at book buzz

LOS ANGELES -- Don't expect an apology, A-Rod. Joe Torre is
standing by everything he says in his new book.

"I really don't think there's anything in the book at all
that'd I'd apologize for. I feel badly if people are taking it the
wrong way. I'm not going to say I'm insensitive to it," Torre said
Friday night.

"I think that's what makes me who I am, because I have
sensitivity. But I think I was very sensitive in writing the
book."

Torre spoke about the book, "The Yankee Years," outside the
CNN building after appearing on the "Larry King Live" show.

The former Yankees -- and now Los Angeles Dodgers -- manager was
asked about former New York pitcher David Wells' comment that Torre
was a "punk" for writing about things that happened in the
"sanctity" of the clubhouse.

"I have a feeling that Boomer hasn't read the book yet, and
after Boomer reads the book, hopefully he'll get a different
perspective," Torre told The Associated Press.

Torre said the excerpts that have surfaced from the book, mostly
critical comments about Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Brown and Wells,
among others, need to be considered in the context of the entire
book.

"A little information comes out and you've got to deal with
five pages or whatever it was in a 500-page book," Torre said.
"I'm sort of used to it. You don't like people to get the wrong
idea, and I certainly feel good about the way the book turned out.

"It wasn't anything we did behind anybody's back. It really
wasn't anything serious. I'm proud of the book and I hope people
take time to read it so they'll understand it."

Talking about the dynamics of his relationship with players,
Torre said, "Not necessarily seeing eye-to-eye doesn't mean that
you dislike somebody or that you can't work with them. I think
what's unique about the game is the fact that they are
professionals and they do good things."

Earlier, Torre told King that he's shocked by the uproar the
book has caused. Torre said the book, due out Tuesday, is merely an
honest account of his time managing the high-profile club.

"It was a great 12 years in New York," Torre said later.
"Sometimes you win four World Series the first five years, people
think it's a piece of cake.

"I was just letting people know what goes into the
decision-making, and I think I did that without violating any
confidences."

The book takes some nasty swings at several of his former
players and gives a candid account of Torre's acrimonious split
with the team. Some of the most scathing comments involve
Rodriguez, whom Torre accused of changing the clubhouse culture and
of being too concerned about records.

"It changed the personality somewhat, but it doesn't mean you
can't win," Torre told King.

According to the book, co-authored by Sports Illustrated's Tom
Verducci, some of A-Rod's teammates referred to him as "A-Fraud."
Torre said the two haven't spoken since Torre turned down the
Yankees' one-year contract offer following the 2007 season.

"I've had best wishes through people, I've texted him on
occasion, but I haven't talked to Alex since I left," Torre said.
"I don't think there's anything in this book that's going to make
Alex angry."

Torre said in the book that "The difference between Kevin Brown
and David Wells is that both make your life miserable, but David
Wells meant to."

After the King show, Torre said, "I think I had more
disagreements with Boomer [Wells] than any other player. But my job
was to deal with it, his job was to deal with it."