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A pennant race from sea to sea?

Major League Baseball and the players’ association are seriously considering a plan for realignment that would include two 15-team leagues, with no divisions and five teams in each league making the playoffs, according to ESPN.com.

The website cites four anonymous league sources for the report, and says that the discussion was raised during labor talks and the union is open to the idea, but the plan has not been presented to the owners.

One issue involves interleague play. Because if there is an odd number of teams in each league, at least one team from each league would have to be in interleague play throughout the season. That could possibly set up an instance in which a team in contention is forced to be play its final games of the season in an interleague matchup.

Another issue would involve which team to move from the National League to the American League. ESPN says that two executives believe the Houston Astros would be a possibility, because a switch to the AL for Houston could help foster a rivalry between the Astros and the Texas Rangers.

BROOKS’ ‘ROUTINE’

Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson is back in the hospital for what he called a “routine” follow-up for treatment he received for a fever and infection in April.

The former Baltimore Orioles star issued a statement Saturday after rumors began circulating that he was in serious condition, saying that he remains “cancer free” and is expecting a “full recovery” after at least two more additional procedures to come.

SHORT HOPS

Oakland starter Brett Anderson will meet with noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews today. Anderson was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam performed by a team orthopedist couldn’t identify the injury, so the team wanted a second opinion. … The Tigers plan to activate Magglio Ordonez from the disabled list today. The outfielder has been out since May 10 because of weakness in his surgically repaired right ankle. … The Padres are expected to place starting right-handed pitchers Aaron Harang and Dustin Moseley on the 15-day disabled list within the next two days.

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