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CHICAGO (AP) _ Baseball players backed off setting a strike date on Monday, and delayed making a decision until Friday.

Players said they saw enough progress so that they hoped an agreement could be completed by Friday.

Atlanta's Tom Glavine, a member of the union's executive board, said players are prepared to give the negotiating process ``every chance to succeed.''

``We feel like there's a window of opportunity to get something done in the next several days and we're willing to explore that,'' he said following a 3 1/2-hour meeting of the board.

Union head Donald Fehr said: ``You establish a date when you believe it is essential to reach an agreement, bearing in mind that a strike is the last thing the players want. And we are not at that point yet.''