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Baseball lockout ends as owners, players reach tentative deal

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New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu hits a two-run double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

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 New York Yankees are based in Tampa.