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Francona Thinks MLB Realignment Proposal Has Merit

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Red Sox manager Terry Francona. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona says a potential realignment plan has some merit.

MLB is considering a proposal that would have 15 teams in the American League and 15 clubs in the National League, as opposed to the present format of 16 teams in the NL and 14 in the AL.

“I love the idea of a more balanced schedule,” Francona said before Wednesday night’s game against Tampa Bay.

Under the possible plan, the leagues would not be split into divisions. The top three teams would make the playoffs. The fourth- and fifth-place clubs would be wild cards and play for one spot.

“The more teams they want to have in the playoffs, I’m all for it,” Francona said.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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