League talks options for reopening

MLB is considering various options for getting baseball underway, including a three-region format in Arizona, Texas, and Florida.

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April 29, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred takes questions about the Houston Astros while holding his press conference during the Florida Governor's Dinner kicking off spring training at the Atlanta Braves CoolToday Park on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. Photo by Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows, including a plan in which the 30 teams might be split into three regional divisions.

Among the formats under consideration is one in which teams could be restricted to playing within their region, two people familiar with the discussions said Tuesday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.

That plan, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues. It also would cut travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

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