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Baseball lockout ends as owners, players reach tentative deal

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Miami Marlins’ Miguel Rojas, left, reacts to getting hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The 99 day owner lockout of Major League Baseball ended Thursday when owners and the players union agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement for the next five years.

Opening day is on track to be April 7 with a full 162 game schedule to follow.

Games lost during the late stages of the lockout will be made up during the season.

At issue was an increase in the league minimum salary from $570,000 to $700,000, the institution of a draft lottery, and a revised league tax on team salaries.

Spring training is expected to open next week.

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals train in West Palm Beach and the St. Louis Cardinals and local-favorite Miami Marlins train in Jupiter at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

The New York Yankees are based in Tampa and the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Players should start arriving today.