Yankees deny sale speculation

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, Last Updated: 8:06 PM ET

Rumours are untrue that the New York Yankees are for sale, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said Thursday.

"It is pure fiction," Steinbrenner said in a statement.

"The Yankees are not for sale. I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come."

MLB also issued a statement saying it had no indication the Yankees would exchange hands.

Sources said the sale last month of the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.175 billion, planted a seed with the Steinbrenners, the New York Daily News reported.

A group headed by George Steinbrenner bought the Yanks in 1973 for $8.8 million.

OSWALT BACK IN PLAY

Interest is booming again in free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, who held off on signing with a new team during the off-season.

The Baltimore Orioles have interest in the right-hander, CBSSports.com reported Thursday.

Oswalt, 34, said during spring training he would wait until June to sign a contract.

The Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and perhaps the Texas Rangers are also said to be interested.

Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 earned-run average last season with the Philadelphia Phillies.

BRIEFLY

Detroit Tigers centre fielder Austin Jackson is headed to the disabled list because of an abdominal strain, MLive.com reported Thursday. Jackson, who hasn't played in more than a week, is hitting .331 with five homers and 17 RBI ... St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman will have surgery Friday on his injured right knee, a day later than originally scheduled. An MRI has revealed a torn meniscus ... The Marlins are running out of outfielders. Austin Kearns was placed Thursday on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury, while the Miami Herald reports that Emilio Bonifacio will have surgery Friday on his right thumb and will be out four to six weeks. Kearns is hitting .375 with three home runs and nine RBI in 22 games. Bonifacio is hitting .268 with 20 stolen bases. Outfielder Kevin Mattison has been called up from triple-A New Orleans ... The Baltimore Orioles have signed relief pitcher J.C. Romero to a minor-league contract. The left-hander was released May 14 by the St. Louis Cardinals. Romero is 34-28 with a 4.15 ERA over 14 seasons. Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada is expected to miss three or four starts after straining his right hip flexor running the bases Wednesday ... Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks has been placed on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder. Danks pitched 6.1 shutout innings on Saturday.


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