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Commissioner outlines hope for baseball season starting sooner than later

An announcement is expected soon regarding short-term compensation and other matters surrounding the suspended baseball season.

Opening day was to be Thursday, and in a statement sent out via social media and signed by the Padres’ principal owners, the team said it will provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees. The statement also said “God Bless America” will play at Petco Park at 1:10 p.m., which was the scheduled time for first pitch, “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis.”

Players are expected to get an advance on their salaries as part of an agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association that reportedly assures players service time in 2020 equal to what they earned in 2019 even if there is no season this year.