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Brian Cashman says no changes for struggling Yankees -- yet

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expects his last-place team to improve, but if it does not, there will be changes.

“Over time, I will be forced to,” Cashman said in a phone conversation.

Even with the Yankees (8-15) finding “different ways to sabotage” themselves, Cashman is not looking for any scapegoats yet. The offense has been the biggest issue.

Even with a seven-run outburst on Sunday night in the loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees have scored only 81 runs, which was tied for the third fewest in all of baseball entering Monday’s play.

“I can tell you they are better than this,” Cashman said. “That is a fact. From an offensive standpoint, we finished second in the league in runs scored and the winter added Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks. We are obviously better than this. That’s a fact inside the game or outside the game to the casual fan or if you are covering on the media. That is an answer that everybody would easily say. These guys are better than what they are showing.”

In the case of the ultra-struggling Chase Headley, Cashman is not willing to do to him what the Red Sox have done with Pablo Sandoval. Boston has benched Sandoval even though it owes him big money. Headley is in just the second season of a four-year, $52 million agreement. Headley, though, would be wise to start playing better if he wants to continue to be in the lineup.

“If anybody wants to earn opportunities in the future, they have to earn it,” Cashman said.

Cashman famously turned to a young Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang in 2005 to help turn the club around.

"The true answer of jump-starting us is ourselves," Cashman said.