Report: Kevin Long returning to Yanks

Updated: November 1, 2010, 7:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The New York Yankees parted ways with pitching coach Dave Eiland, but they are keeping hitting coach Kevin Long, a baseball source told MLB.com on Monday.

The contract of Long, 43, had expired Sunday, but he will receive a new three-year deal, according to the website.

"I think he knows swings. I think he knows the proper mechanics of a hitter. He knows how to communicate," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, according to MLB.com. "He knows how to teach in a lot of different ways. K-Long is also very good at seeing something in a game and making a minor adjustment with a player."

The Yankees led the majors with 859 runs scored and a .350 on-base percentage in 2010.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman fired Eiland after the Yankees' collapse against the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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