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APNewsBreak: Dodgers set MLB opening day-payroll record at $234M; average salary $3.95M

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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig stands alone in the outfield during pregame activities before the opening game of Major League baseball in the United States between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres Sunday, March 30, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (The Associated Press)

A study of big league contracts by The Associated Press shows the Los Angeles Dodgers set a record with an opening-day payroll of $234 million Sunday.

The New York Yankees were a distant second at $199 million, ending their streak of six straight openers above the $200 million mark. The Yankees had topped the opening-day salary list for 15 straight years and had set the previous mark of $230 million last season.

The Dodgers spent more than five times the total of the Houston Astros, who at $45 million were last for the second straight year but vastly above their $27 million outlay on opening day last season. Miami, at $47 million, repeated in 29th place.