Reggie's 'ban' lifted by Yankees

New York Yankees Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson is introduced before the State Farm Home Run Derby at...

New York Yankees Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson is introduced before the State Farm Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium on July 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 8:35 PM ET

It seems Reggie Jackson is free to hang around the New York Yankees again.

The Hall of Famer was asked to stay away from the team -- although he wasn't banned, general manager Brian Cashman claimed -- after saying last week that stats compiled by Yankees star Alex Rodriguez have been clouded by his steroid use.

The Yankees responded by telling Jackson -- who makes about $700,000 a year as a special adviser -- not to join the team in Boston for a four-game series with the Red Sox, leading to the all-star break.

Cashman told the Newark Star-Ledger that Jackson was told to stay away to minimize distractions.

"I'd rather get it out of the way because as far as I'm concerned, it's not a big deal anymore," Cashman said. "If he's not banned, there is no story."


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