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Mariners’ Lloyd McClendon Defends Robinson Cano

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PEORIA, Ariz.) -- New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon hasn't been with newly-signed Robinson Cano for that long, but he's already coming to his defense after Yankees' hitting coach Kevin Long criticized him publicly.

Long recently came out and criticized Cano for his lack of hustle and effort at times. He even questioned Cano's effort during his nine seasons in the Bronx.

"Last time I checked, I didn't know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees," McClendon told ESPN.com. "That was a little surprising. I was a little pissed off, and I'm sure Joe [Girardi] feels the same way. He's concerned with his team and what they're doing, not what the Seattle Mariners players are doing."

During Cano's tenure with the Yankees he emerged as one of the very best at his position. He's a career .309 hitter and has 204 home runs in his big league career.

In the offseason, Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million contract.

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