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Major League Baseball and its locked-out players reached an agreement on Thursday on a labor deal that ends the second-longest work stoppage in the game’s history.

MLB had initiated a player lockout in December, with months of either silence or flurries of activity on the labor negotiation front following since. At one point, the league set a self-imposed deadline of Feb. 28 to come to an agreement, past which they would have to cancel the first two weeks of games for the 2022 season — originally scheduled to begin on March 31. That deadline came and went, along with the announcement of game cancellations.

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