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All 30 MLB teams to open 2021 on April 1

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NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

The league released the full schedule Thursday, two weeks before it plans to begin a 2020 season that's been delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. MLB intended to start this season on March 26, its earliest opening date ever except for international games.

The league also hoped to have all 30 clubs play on the same opening day this season, but that was spoiled when Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended spring training in March.

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Indians OF Reyes apologizes to teammates

CLEVELAND (AP) Franmil Reyes' first error this season was in judgment.

The Indians' free-swinging slugger and outfielder apologized Thursday for endangering his health - and putting his teammates at risk - by not wearing a mask while attending a holiday party last weekend.

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Phillies C Realmuto patient on contract

PHILADELPHIA (AP) J.T. Realmuto isn’t worried about his contract situation.

The All-Star catcher and the Philadelphia Phillies had preliminary discussions about a long-term deal before the coronavirus pandemic but talks between the two sides haven’t progressed since baseball returned last week.

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Red Sox get taste of strange season

BOSTON (AP) Rafael Devers lofted a fly ball to left, and John Andreoli took off in pursuit.

It's a long sprint, because Andreoli was playing center -- the only outfielder in the game at the time. The ball fell just out of the reach of his outstretched glove as Devers coasted into second base.

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Players get used to playing without fans

Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week.

They're getting a more realistic glimpse this week as teams begin holding scrimmages.

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Rendon expects stars to find groove fast

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels' new $245 million third baseman mostly spent the first few months of his seven-year contract changing his daughters' diapers and occasionally throwing a tennis ball at a wall.

Anthony Rendon is more than ready to get to work earning his riches, and the World Series winner doesn't think it will take long for baseball's best players to get back into championship form.

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Giants return after receiving results

As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend.

The San Diego Padres, however, revealed that newly acquired infielder Jorge Mateo's intake test for coronavirus came back positive and he's experienced symptoms. Mateo was acquired last week from Oakland for a player to be named or cash in the first trade since the transaction freeze was lifted.

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New extra-inning rule stirs debate

MILWAUKEE (AP) Baseball has its answer to penalty kicks, overtimes and shootouts, and it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other tiebreakers.

Major League Baseball will start each extra inning in this abbreviated, 60-game season by putting a runner on second base. The rule has been used since 2018 in the minor leagues, where it created more action and settled games sooner.

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Mariners report 3 positive virus tests

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