"It is pure fiction," he said. "The Yankees are not for sale. I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come."
Hal's father, George Steinbrenner, headed a group that bought the Yankees from CBS Inc. in 1973 for about $8.7 million net. The elder Steinbrenner died two years ago.
Yankees president Randy Levine also says the team is not for sale and that, "we have not told anyone or indicated to anyone that it's for sale."
Franchise values have been given new focus since the Los Angeles Dodgers sold on May 1 for $2 billion.
In order to disclose financial records to potential investors, the Yankees would need to notify the commissioner's office.
"Major League Baseball has received no indications from any representatives of the New York Yankees or anyone else that the club is for sale," the commissioner's office said in a statement.
If the Yankees ever do go on the market, one bidder to count out is Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"I have front row tickets which cost a fortune," Bloomberg joked to reporters. "That's as much as I can afford."
ANGELS RECALL ROMINE: The Los Angeles Angels have designated for assignment reliever David Pauley and recalled infielder Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake.
The Angels made the roster moves on Thursday ahead of their series opener in Seattle.
Pauley had appeared in just four games since his contract was purchased from Salt Lake on May 7. Pauley was 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA and was deemed expendable because the Angels were carrying 13 pitchers on their roster.
Romine was hitting .312 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 40 games at Salt Lake.
FAKE-NAME CASE PITCHER GETS U.S. WAIVER: Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo has received a waiver from the U.S. government after he used a fake name and age to play professional baseball.
A U.S. waiver of his ineligibility was required from the Department of Homeland Security under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The waiver allows him to apply a visa to travel to the U.S. and potentially rejoin the Miami Marlins.
Oviedo says he still does not have a visa from the U.S. consulate in his homeland of the Dominican Republic. He says he hopes to soon rejoin the team.
Formerly known as Leo Nunez, Oviedo has a $6 million, one-year contract with the Marlins, who have kept him on the restricted list. They signed Heath Bell to replace him as their closer in December.
Oviedo used a fake name for seven major league seasons. He says he did it when he was younger in order to play professionally.
REDS HONOR JONES: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones received a base as a memento of his final trip to Cincinnati.
The Reds honored Jones before the final game of their series on Thursday. They've used bases with Jones' name on the side in all four games. Reds third baseman Scott Rolen presented Jones with one of the bases in a frame.
GIANTS' THERIOT REINSTATED FROM DL: San Francisco Giants infielder Ryan Theriot has been activated from the disabled list after being sidelined since May 9 with a strained right elbow.
Theriot joined the Giants on Thursday for the start of their series at Miami. Infielder Charlie Culberson was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.
Theriot was batting only .179 with one extra-base hit in 56 at-bats.
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