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Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized for Cano comments

Robinson Cano, center, is helped into his new

(Credit: AP)

New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is sticking up for his $240 million man.

Seattle's skipper criticized Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for opinions he expressed about Robinson Cano not always hustling to first base on ground balls. Cano was once one of Long’s prized pupils, but the second baseman left the Bronx for Seattle – and a megadeal – in December.

“Last time I checked, I...

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Yankees retain all coaches for 2014

From left, bench coach Tony Pena, manager Joe

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Joe Girardi's lieutenants will all return for the 2014 season.

The Yankees announced Friday afternoon that all members of Girardi's coaching staff would be back next season: Mike Harkey (bullpen), Mick Kelleher (first base), Kevin Long (hitting), Tony Pena (bench), Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Rob Thomson (third base).

Pena is the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff, having...

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