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Dave Eiland 'pretty shocked' by firing

Updated: December 23, 2010, 2:29 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

Former New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland, now a member of divisional rival Tampa Bay, said he was blindsided by the ax that fell on him a few days after the team was knocked out of the American League Championship Series by the Texas Rangers.

He also said the pitching staff the Yankees are taking into the 2011 season is "maybe a little bit weaker" than the one he left behind.

"I was pretty shocked," Eiland said during a Thursday morning interview on 1050 ESPN radio regarding ...

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