Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball's Grapefruit League teams also are expected to be placed in separate "pods" in Florida as a COVID-19 safety precaution.
Teams based on Florida's west coast will play 28 games. Teams with facilities on Florida's east coast will play 24 games against east coast opponents and have four intrasquad matchups.
The Grapefruit League schedule is expected to start Feb. 26 and end March 30.
The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles have facilities on or near the west coast of Florida.
MLB's 15 other teams have spring training in the Cactus League, plays in the Phoenix area. The Cactus League announced Feb. 1 that it plans to start spring training on time.
Sources told USA Today on Monday that split-squad games have been eliminated from the Cactus League schedule and that the MLB and players union hope to finalize a health and safety protocol by Tuesday for spring training.
MLB and the players union said in early February that they expect to start the season on time April 1. Pitchers and catchers are expected to report to their spring training sites next week.