MLB and players agree to terms, season to start late July

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – AUGUST 26: Jorge Soler #12 of the Kansas City Royals points skyward after a hit during the 5th inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on August 26, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball has issued a 60-game schedule that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony.

This will be MLB’s shortest season since 1878. Each team will play 10 games against each of its four division rivals and four games against each of the five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league, according to details obtained by The Associated Press.

The sides expanded the designated hitter to games involving National League teams and will start extra innings with a runner on second base.

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