Yankees start making changes

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BRONX, N.Y. -- The New York Yankees have begun their offseason changes by announcing that pitching coach Dave Eiland will not return in 2011.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made the announcement Monday during a news conference in the wake of the team's American League Championship Series loss to the Texas Rangers.

Cashman wouldn't elaborate on the decision, saying only it was for "private" reasons.

Eiland took a leave of absence from the team in June for a family matter.

A former Yankee pitching prospect, Eiland had been the team's pitching coach since 2008 and had previously served as the organization's minor league pitching coach.

The Yankees had a staff earned run average of 4.02 during the season, but the pitchers were torched by the Rangers for 38 runs and a .304 batting average in the six-game ALCS setback.


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