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Curt Young returning to Athletics

The Boston Red Sox's exodus continues.

Pitching coach Curt Young is following manager Terry Francona out of town, agreeing to return to the Oakland Athletics, the A's announced.

MLB.com first reported the move.

Young left Oakland last season and has one year remaining on his Red Sox contract, but change has been swift in Boston. Francona decided not to return, saying the team needed a new voice. Then general manager Theo Epstein agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs, but any finalization of a contract has been held up over compensation.

Young helped the A's in 2010 to an MLB-best 3.47 ERA, the lowest by an American League team since 1990. The Red Sox, though, did not live up to expectations last year under his tutelage -- their team ERA of 4.20 (22nd in the majors) basically duplicated their 4.19 ERA from 2010.

The A's were 10th in the league last season with a 3.71 team ERA.

Red Sox starters have also been the center of controversy this offseason after the Boston Globe reported that Jon Lester, John Lackey and Josh Beckett drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse during games. WHDH-TV went so far as to report that the trio drank beer in the dugout.

The players have denied drinking while in the dugout and that other allegations contain some truth but have been exaggerated.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.