MLB looking at restructured division play in 2020

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NEW YORK (AP) _ People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows.

Included is a plan in which the 30 teams might be split into three regional divisions.

Teams could be restricted to playing within their region.

That idea, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues.

It also would cut travel. The start of the season has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the proposed alignment, The Pittsburgh Pirates be in the East division.. While the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians would be in the Central division.