On a day when players and owners reached out to fans and Sparky Anderson returned to spring training, baseball made no progress toward solving another labor problem: the lockout of umpires.

Anderson arrived in Tampa, Fla., near Detroit's complex in Lakeland. The Tigers manager left six weeks ago after refusing to work with replacements.The St. Louis Cardinals will have free admission for all seven home exhibition games, while Darren Daulton resigned as Philadelphia Phillies' player representative.

In Philadelphia at a four-hour meeting of umpires' union head Richie Phillips and management lawyer Robert Kheel, the sides remained far apart, and time is growing short before the start of exhibition games April 13 and opening day April 26.