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Yankees-Alex Rodriguez homer payment dispute on hold

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, below, prepares for

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, below, prepares for batting practice before the start of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Miami. Credit: AP / Wilfredo Lee

The disagreement between Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees over a $6-million payment he believes he is owed for tying Willie Mays on the all-time home run list has been put on hold.

Sources said Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Yankees have agreed to waive the 45-day deadline for Rodriguez to file a grievance over the matter. The Associated Press first reported the story.

Rodriguez, who has 666 home runs, tied Mays for fourth place when he hit his 660th homer May 1 at Fenway Park. A separate marketing agreement to Rodriguez's 2007 contract called for that home run to trigger the first of several payments tied to milestone homers.

The Yankees have inferred that Rodriguez's home runs are not marketable because of his 2014 suspension by MLB for the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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