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MLB Roundup 10/17: Yankees get a win; Expansion coming?

Some interesting news and speculation around the league on Monday

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Three Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Yankees dominate in Game Three

The Yankees headed back to New York down 2-0 in the ALCS, and the Astros had a chance to really take control of the series with a third consecutive win on Monday. That didn’t happen, and the Yankees completely dominated to get their first win of the series. Charlie Morton didn’t look too bad for Houston, but the Yankees took advantage of their ballpark and hit a couple of big three-run home runs and that was more than enough for CC Sabathia, who continues to look more and more like his old self. These two teams will be back in action on Tuesday in a pivotal Game Four.

Mets to interview Alex Cora; Kevin Long favorite

Alex Cora is the fan-favorite managerial candidate for the Red Sox, but Boston isn’t the only team that wants him. According to Ken Rosenthal, Cora is expected to interview with the Mets on Tuesday. Cora is a hot, young name around the league, so it’s no surprise that he’s interviewing with multiple teams. It’s too early in the process to take any of this too seriously, but it should be noted that current hitting coach Kevin Long could be the favorite for the Mets job at this point. That is good news for the Red Sox if it is indeed the case.

Could expansion and realignment be coming to MLB?

There was a very interesting article at Baseball America on Monday, claiming that expansion was looking more and more inevitable and that realignment would come with any potential expansion. You should read the whole thing here, as there are some interesting possibilities brought up by the author. Most surprising is the possibility that they would eliminate the American and National Leagues in favor of eight-team divisions based on geography. They also suggest that the four division winners would make the playoffs along with eight wildcards, all of whom would play in one-game playoffs for a chance to move on and face the division winners. It’s hard to say just how realistic or accurate this report is, but it’s a fascinating thought experiment with which to head into the offseason.