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[April 20, 2010]  NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball salaries climbed slightly this opening day, despite the recession and a slow free-agent market.

The average salary went up 1.8 percent to $3.3 million on opening day, according to an analysis of rosters by The Associated Press. The increase was the lowest since a 2.7 percent drop at the start of the 2004 season, and was down from a 2.7 rise at the beginning of last season.

Seventeen teams raised payrolls, including the World Series champion Yankees who led at $206 million -- nearly six times what Pittsburgh spent.

Among the big cutters was Cleveland, down $20 million to $61 million from the start of last year.

[Associated Press; By RONALD BLUM]

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