Leonard Kleinman's lawyers denied yesterday that that he had settled his dispute with George Steinbrenner and said he was still pursuing his lawsuit against commissioner Fay Vincent.
The Yankees fired Kleinman as chief operating officer on Feb. 21 because he refused to withdraw the lawsuit against Vincent. Kleinman claimed Vincent unfairly prevented him from succeeding Steinbrenner as managing general partner.
Kleinman also says the Yankees owe him $1 million plus interest from the remainder of his contract, and has sought a hearing under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association. The Yankees have gone to state court for an injunction to block that hearing.
The New York Times reported yesterday that Kleinman would receive $1 million to drop the lawsuit.
"These reports are untrue," said Kleinman's lawyer, Dominic F. Amorosa. "We're in a litigation here."
* PHILLIES: Club officials pushed back the anticipated return of center fielder Lenny Dykstra from April 23 to May 1. Dykstra broke the ulnar bone near his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch Opening Day.
* MARINERS: Manager Bill Plummer said Randy Johnson, scheduled to pitch yesterday but pushed back five days until Monday, could have pitched despite the tenderness in his left shoulder.
* RANGERS: Ruben Sierra's double yesterday was his 201st, bettering the club record held by Jim Sundberg.
* The Major League Baseball Players Association and the 26 clubs have agreed to hold AIDS awareness sessions for players. Teams will attend in New York.
* DODGERS: Left fielder Eric Davis missed his first game because of stiffness in his neck and right shoulder.