Picked-up pieces along the baseball trail . . .
■ Red Sox baseball boss Dave Dombrowski is expected to be in New York Sunday to interview Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora for the Sox’ managerial opening. The 41-year-old Cora played 14 major league seasons, 3½ under then-Red Sox manager Terry Francona from 2005-08. Cora will be in New York Sunday with the Astros, during the day off between Games 2 and 3 of the American League Championship Series featuring Houston and the New York Yankees.
■ I’ve read that the Red Sox should hire Cora (I agree). I’ve read that the Red Sox should hire Gabe Kapler. I’ve read that the Red Sox must hire a minority candidate when they fill their managerial opening. Truly, none of us have any idea whom Dombrowski will hire. Evidently, Brad Ausmus is not the front-runner we thought he might be.