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Reggie back with Yankees for A's series

OAKLAND -- Reggie Jackson was more interested in chatting with fellow Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson than the media Thursday at the Oakland Coliseum.

Jackson, a legend with the A's and the Yankees, was back in a New York uniform as a special adviser Thursday and watched batting practice from behind the batting cage. He had been away from the team since the series before the All-Star break.

"I'm here, like you, to watch the game," Jackson told reporters in the Yankees clubhouse before heading to the field. "Watch them keep winning."

Jackson was on leave after critical comments he made to Sports Illustrated about several Hall of Famers and players linked to performance-enhancing drugs, including third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

A week ago Thursday, Jackson released a statement that said he was reaching out to the offended parties and that he looked forward to returning to the team. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the issue is in the past.

"I think it's all behind us," Girardi said. "I think that's the most important thing. I think Reg has made a number of calls to try to rectify everything. I'm OK with it. I'm glad he's here. Let's just move on."

OAKLAND -- Reggie Jackson was more interested in chatting with fellow Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson than the media Thursday at the Oakland Coliseum.

Jackson, a legend with the A's and the Yankees, was back in a New York uniform as a special adviser Thursday and watched batting practice from behind the batting cage. He had been away from the team since the series before the All-Star break.

"I'm here, like you, to watch the game," Jackson told reporters in the Yankees clubhouse before heading to the field. "Watch them keep winning."

Jackson was on leave after critical comments he made to Sports Illustrated about several Hall of Famers and players linked to performance-enhancing drugs, including third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

A week ago Thursday, Jackson released a statement that said he was reaching out to the offended parties and that he looked forward to returning to the team. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the issue is in the past.

"I think it's all behind us," Girardi said. "I think that's the most important thing. I think Reg has made a number of calls to try to rectify everything. I'm OK with it. I'm glad he's here. Let's just move on."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.